Going about your day (and your life!) with confidence is important—more so than you may think.
Without self-confidence, it’s almost impossible to pursue your goals and dreams. You wouldn’t feel that they’re even worth pursuing and you would likely doubt your ability to accomplish them—resulting in an overall lack of motivation. Without motivation, your goals and dreams would get pushed aside and forgotten about.
Self-confident people are known for their ability to power through almost any situation. They don’t dwell on potential obstacles that may be ahead, but rather focus on the positive things in their life—with the mindset that when things aren’t going so well, they will find a way out.
What if you’re not naturally self-confident though? Is there any hope? Absolutely! The good news is that self-confidence is something that can be learned—and even mastered.
Here are our favorite six tips to help you build self-confidence in your everyday life!
1. Stay Positive
Staying positive is the most important thing you can do for your self-confidence. Evaluate your inner circle and make sure that those you surround yourself with are those who are helping to build you up, not break you down. Try to limit the amount of time you spend with those who discourage you—and start spending more time with friends who are a positive influence in your life!
2. Stop Putting Yourself Down
Being aware of negative self-talk can have a big impact on your self-confidence. We all have that inner critic that tells us that we aren’t good enough. But it’s important to watch out for this negative voice. Instead of listening to it, refuse to be dissuaded by it. Let go of the “should sayings:” I should have done this; I should have done that. Replace your negative self-talk with positive and encouraging thoughts—and give yourself grace!
3. Set Goals
Setting clear, actionable objectives will give you direction—and is the best way to reach your goals. By proving to yourself that you can accomplish things, your self-confidence will start to grow tremendously each time you knock something off your list. The Flagship Daily Planner by Day Designer offers goal-setting worksheets, monthly overviews, and daily planning pages—all designed to help you set your goals and live your life according to what matters most!
4. Reflect Back
Take time to look back over all of your accomplishments. While it may not seem like you have done much or accomplished much; often when looking back, you can see just how far you have come. Make a list of things that you are proud of, things that you’ve worked hard for, and things that you’ve achieved. Post the lists somewhere you can see them often to remind you to be thankful and to boost your self-confidence.
5. Dress for Success
While it may sound basic, sometimes putting a little bit more effort than normal into getting ready can have a major impact on your self-confidence. Dressing for success can help you feel better about yourself and can boost your self-confidence. It’s also important to present yourself confidently to others! Practice looking people in the eye, smiling, and speaking confidently.
6. Be Kind
Performing simple acts of kindness for others can do a lot for your self-confidence. Taking a few moments to be nice to others is rewarding for others as well as yourself. It doesn’t take much time to be nice to others—and the rewards are more than worth it.
Building your self-confidence won’t happen overnight. Just like any other skill, it takes time and practice. It’s important not to give up. Self-confidence is important for success—in your career, in social interactions, and in everyday life. Work towards boosting your confidence, even in small ways, every day.
What about you? How do you boost your self-confidence? Share your secrets and insight with us in the comments.