Self-confidence gives you the courage to take sensible risks and to pursue stretching targets. Confidence is required to build and grow a business. It also makes building and managing teams simpler as a confident approach naturally inspires confidence in others.
- Stop looking down upon yourself
We are far more critical of ourselves than we ever would be of a friend. Next time you face a problem break this pattern. Rather than dwelling on the things that you didn’t get right, focus on solutions to the problem and avoid negative self-talk. It won’t help to solve the problem and will only drain your confidence and energy. A simple way to do this is to think of the advice you would give to a good friend in a similar situation.
- Act more confidently
Research has shown that by acting more confidently you can actually make yourself feel more confident. The body can control the mind. So making some simple changes to your body language can help improve your confidence. Smile more often. It will show that you are relaxed and at ease and make you instantly more approachable to others.
Improve your posture, if you are standing, stand tall. Dress well. How you dress has been shown to affect how you think so make sure that the clothes you wear make you feel confident.
- Practice being uncomfortable
The more you put yourself into unfamiliar and difficult situations, the better you will get at handling and overcoming them. Over time you will become comfortable dealing with problematic situations. Most importantly you will learn that you are able to get overcome problems. Give yourself time to improve and gradually build up the challenges that you take on.
- Stop comparing
Comparing yourself to others is a sure fire recipe for misery and lack of confidence. There will always be someone who is more successful or richer. Humans naturally compare themselves to others so how do you control this natural desire? The key is to acknowledge that comparing isn’t useful or constructive.
- Celebrate wins
Take time to celebrate your successes, big and small. Reminding yourself of the progress that you have made and the problems that you have overcome. It is fun and it will naturally give you a boost. Many people rush from project to project without ever pausing to enjoy their success. This is particularly useful for perfectionists who tend to dwell on the small things that went wrong, completely ignoring all the big things that went well.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro