More Ways To Build Your Self Confidence
Last week I addressed 5 limiting beliefs that might be holding you back and how to break through them. This week I want to give you more ways to build your self-confidence.
Not even the most powerful leaders can escape periods where they suffer lulls in self-confidence. Your self-confidence isn't a static quality but rather a mindset that, when the going gets rough, takes some effort to maintain. It is something that must be learned, practiced, and mastered just like all your other skills. When you can master it, your life will change for the better. So, here are six ways you can build up your self-confidence.
Act the Part
The one thing that can instantly demonstrate self-assuredness, or scream insecurity, is your body language. You always want to present yourself in ways that say that you are ready to master any situation. Looking confident and acting the part will allow you to feel more in control and people will be much more confident with you as well.
Have you heard of the "superhero pose"? Several studies and TED talks have been dedicated to proving that just standing like a superhero for 2 minutes and boost your self-confidence and therefore how people perceive you.
Dress the Part
Now, I don't suggest dressing up like Wonder Woman for your job interview. But, when you look better, you tend to feel better. Choosing clothing that fits well and suits your industry and lifestyle and that makes you feel good will automatically increase your self-esteem. You have to look like the part you want to play to play the game to win.
Great speakers speak confidently, in a steady and rhythmic tone, rather than the flow being interrupted by the ums, ahs, likes and "such as". To build your confidence, adopt an assertive way of speaking that indicates your self-confidence. Avoid high-pitched, nervous chatter and giggles in your speech. Practice in the mirror if you need to. As long as you promise to be kind to yourself.
Think and Act Positively
Positive energy will always lead to positive outcomes, so create a mindset that sets your mind to the can-do side of situations. Also, avoid the negative self-talk that can make you feel less confident. Always look for ways to smile, laugh, and surround yourself with positive people. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good. This will help you keep your positive mindset going.
There is more to being confident than merely dressing and acting the part. You have to take action. Action is the antidote to procrastination and stuckness. Inaction will breed doubt and fear while taking action will breed confidence and courage. When you practice being self-confident, you will soon find that it has become second nature.
The more prepared you are for any given situation, the more confident you'll feel about your competency and expertise. Being prepared will help you to avoid getting tripped up by life's unexpected challenges. Learn everything you can about your industry, your goals, and what drives you to success. That way you can feel & speak with assuredness.
I hope these six tips will help you boost your self-confidence. With some patience and perseverance, you are just a few steps away from becoming a more confident you. Yay!
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