Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered—just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better. –Barrie Davenport
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be very easy to get all stressed out and fall into a self-confidence rut. From your significant other constantly criticizing you down to your co-workers constantly saying things behind your back, there is no end to the things that can break your confidence level each day.
Fortunately, there’s also no shortage of ways when it comes to giving your self-confidence the much-needed boost. Improve self-confidence dramatically by keeping in mind the following tips:
Don’t take things personally. As long as you still live, you will need to interact with other people one way or another. Some will inspire, support, and motivate you to be your best self. However, others can do the exact opposite and rob you of whatever self-confidence you have left.
So how can you effectively safeguard your self-confidence? Start by not taking everything personally. Keep in mind that no one is immune from bitterness, frustrations, rejections, and embarrassments and some channel those negativities to others whether they are aware of it or not.
When you let the opinion of others affect your self-confidence, you will be showing them that you have greater confidence in their opinion than you have in your own. Always remember that you know yourself better than anyone else and at the end of the day, the opinion you have of yourself is all that matters.
Avoid negative thought patterns. Negative thoughts can linger in your head like uninvited guests. When these negative and self-sabotaging thoughts are not addressed accordingly, they can have a dramatic impact in your self-confidence.
Sometimes, low self-confidence can be attributed to negative thoughts that run through your head endlessly. If you continue telling yourself you are not attractive enough, not smart enough, or not good enough, your self-confidence can hit an all-time low.
The good thing is you can do something about it. Awareness of the negative thoughts you are harbouring is key. From there, you can address those negative thought patterns accordingly.
For a few days, pay close attention to your thoughts. The next time you notice a negative thought, replace it with a positive one until you feel a significant boost in your self-confidence.
Create a list of your accomplishments. When you encounter many challenges, keeping your self-confidence up can become difficult. When your self-confidence takes a dive, taking into account the things you have accomplished can help you put things in their proper perspective.
Create a list of your accomplishments and post them on your wall, in your bathroom mirror, on your refrigerator door, or basically any place where you can easily see it. Your list of accomplishments will remind you of the things you are capable of doing. Not only that, it will also remind you of how awesome you are and how far you’ve come.
Practice self-care. Without proper care and maintenance, you can’t expect your car to work efficiently. Your body works the same way. Without proper care, you can’t expect to feel your best or operate at your peak. Oftentimes, your self-confidence can also suffer significantly as a result.
What are the things that can help recharge and rejuvenate you? Is it time spent with friends over a cup of coffee? Is it time alone in a spa or a hot bubble bath? Whatever it may be, make sure you integrate some form of self-care in your daily life.
Consider it ideal to schedule a “me” time each day and spend it doing something you love. Also, each time you feel like you can use a quick pick-me-up, surround yourself with positive people who can lift you up, boost your confidence, and reignite your internal spark.