Have you ever doubted yourself? Have you ever thought yourself not capable of doing something? I know I sure have…
For a period in my life, I always believed I was never capable of doing so many things: starting a blog, managing my finances, and actually growing up, to name a few!
I allowed myself to believe that I was not capable of doing these things because I was lacking in one special trait that all successful people possess: self-confidence.
It may be possible that you are lacking self-confidence as well; which may be causing you to doubt yourself and what you are capable of. If you feel like you are lacking in self-confidence, NOW is the time you turn your self-defeating habits into ones that push you to heights you never imagined!
In order to boost your self-confidence, it will take time; but by following these 6 methods that I have laid out for you, you will begin to see a significant improvement in your self-confidence soon enough…
6 Ways to Increase Your Self-Confidence:
It may be the case that you care too much about what everyone else thinks about you. Embracing this mentality is more than likely what is causing the huge lack in your self-confidence.
Caring too much what other people think of you will lead you to live the life that others want you to live. Living this kind of life will never bring you any happiness, because you aren’t living the life that you yourself want to live.
2. Do What Makes You Happy
If you do what makes you happy, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be living a life that is full of happiness!
Others may have something negative to say about what you are doing that makes you happy. It is important to disregard what they are saying. People will have their opinions, and rightfully so, as they are entitled to them. But you have yours and you are entitled to do whatever makes you happy.
Instead of trying to rise to debate, simply ignore anything nasty that someone has to say. Pretend that they aren’t even there and they will quickly stop bothering you.
3. Challenge Yourself
We all have fears. I have fears, you have fears, and even your idol has fears. We can either let these fears control our life, or we can overcome them. In order to overcome them, you must first step outside your comfort zone.
You must put yourself in a position, preferably on a daily basis, which you wouldn’t normally put yourself in. Don’t allow the voice in your head to tell you that you can’t do something. You can do “something.” You are more than capable!
Tell me, why are you not capable? Just do it and don’t give it a second thought. Stepping outside your comfort zone will quickly lead you to realize that you have been exaggerating your fears for way too long!
4. Meet New People
Meeting new people not only helps you broaden your network, but it also helps you with your social skills. Your social skills are directly tied to your self-confidence and how comfortable you feel in a social setting.
Have social anxiety? Meet new people with a friend of yours. Having a friend with you will decrease the potential anxiety you will experience when meeting new people.
You can attend networking events, clubs, expos, or just say hello to that person you have wanted to talk to, but haven’t. As you begin to meet more and more people, your social skills will develop and so will your self-confidence.
5. Take on Responsibilities
You may have had chores around the house when you were younger. Mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, and washing the car just to name a few.
Now you may have not liked doing your chores, but what you may have not noticed is that they taught you a lot about responsibility. You took responsibility for completing the chores and if you didn’t, well, your parents punished you.
What I’m trying to get at by using this example is that by taking on responsibilities, you are putting yourself in charge of getting a task done. You are holding yourself accountable to make sure that you complete said task.
Upon completion of the task, you may have been met with a reward. Parents who reward their children for completing chores teach them how the world works. If you take responsibility for a task in the real world and complete it then you will receive a reward…income!
Whatever the reward is that you receive, by completing a task that you are held responsible for, you feel proud of yourself, hence you feel more self-confident.
6. Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People
Surrounding yourself with like-minded people will increase your self-confidence exponentially. Just think about it – you are personally taking the initiative to put people who are similar to you in your personal circle.
As these people are similar to you, they will be able to understand why you are the way you are and why you do certain things in a certain manner.
Try to find these kinds of people and make sure you connect with them! You will become much happier and self-confident because you will be able to relate with a like-mind.
So there you have it, 6 Ways to Increase Your Self-Confidence. Go out and practice them on a daily basis. Take notes of any changes in your life that you are experiencing. By being a better, truer version of yourself, I assure you that your self-confidence will gradually increase.
Keep in mind that your self-confidence will not suddenly be there tomorrow morning by reading this article. Practice self-confidence, and with time, you will be doing things that you never thought possible for yourself!
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