If you feel like you’ve been lacking in the confidence department lately, read on. In this post, I will share five ways to help you boost your self-confidence levels. But first, what is self-confidence and why does it matter?
Self-confidence is about having faith in yourself. That includes your abilities, strengths and talents. It’s about feeling like you can rely on yourself. When our self-confidence levels are low, we may not feel so sure of ourselves. As a result, we may talk ourselves out of an opportunity because we don’t believe we are capable.
If you constantly talk yourself down to seem ‘modest’ (I’m putting modest in quotation marks because there’s a difference between being modest and downplaying your abilities), then it may be time to reflect on your confidence levels.
It’s time to swap statements like ‘I’m not good, I’m not worthy, I don’t have any skills, Why would anyone want to date me’ to something a little more positive. It’s time to boost your confidence.
So, how we can boost our confidence? Well, here are my five suggestions:
#1 Make a list of your most memorable achievements.
It doesn’t matter whether it was something from years ago or the other day, set aside 5-10 minutes and write it down. The list could include completed goals, job highlights, awards you’ve received or some awesome compliments you’ve received.
When life gets busy, it can be easy to forget what we have already achieved. It’s nice to reflect on what we have done – especially the things we once thought were impossible.
#2 Write out some positive affirmations.
I am confident. I am capable. I am worthy. I am enough. Affirmations are a great way to overcome any negative thoughts. If you notice a negative thought, let it go, take a deep breath and say your affirmation.
#3 Find a hobby.
Hobbies are a great way to try something new or keep up a skill. Whether it’s a hobby you used to have or you want to find something new, make time in your schedule and do something for you. If you’re stuck for ideas, you could try yoga, joining a book club, going for a hike, taking a class or a workshop.
#4 Dance or sing along to songs that make you feel good.
Create a playlist called ‘confidence’ and blast the songs when you’re in need of a confidence boost. If you want to add a little bit of movement, do a dance workout.
#5 Visualize how you would act, think and feel if you were super confident.
This one may seem a little strange but stick with me. Visualization is a powerful tool that can help you to see yourself differently. If you don’t feel comfortable picturing yourself for this exercise, think of someone else who you think is super confident. How do you/they walk, talk and feel? Do you walk