Throughout our lives, our experiences can impact our self-confidence. Sometimes specific things happen, like a job loss, divorce, or financial crises, that can hurt our self-confidence. This can cause us to feel discouraged and inadequate until we get our footing back.
We may be wounded for a while, but over time we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back into the game. Our inner confidence kicks in and we realize we have the resources to get past this and thrive again.
Sometimes, we may not have that core of self-confidence for whatever reason. Maybe something happened when we were very young and we lost it.
But self-confidence can be learned and nurtured. You have control over your destiny and the only thing standing in your way is your limiting beliefs – those thoughts and beliefs you have about yourself.
Here are some ideas to help you turn on your confidence:
Think Confident –
Know what you want to accomplish and have a plan for getting there. People who are not confident are uncertain about their plans so having a strategy all mapped out can go a long way towards feeling confident.
Control your inner voice. You always have some sort of internal dialogue going on. Learn to control what you’re thinking by ignoring the negative and embracing the positive. Choose those thoughts that empower you.
Remind yourself of your greatness. If you look back you’ll see that you’ve had many achievements. People lacking in confidence tend to dismiss these. List your past achievements and know that if you succeeded before you can do it again now.
Feel Confident –
Watch your posture. People lacking in confidence tend to slouch, look down and cross their arms. So stand up, look up and open up your chest. You’d be surprised how a confident posture can help you feel more confident.
Take care of your image. Pick outfits that make you look and feel good. Style your hair and take care of yourself. When you go out the door, you want to feel and look good!
Be proud of your body. Confidently love your body, whatever shape it is. What’s important is that you love yourself. If you could lose some weight, address and set goals for that. But love yourself as you are.
Act Confident –
Pay attention to your walk. People lacking in confidence tend to walk at a slower pace. So pick up the pace and walk with purpose.
Concentrate on your breathing. Take a deep breath and breathe normally and deeply. This will help you ground yourself.
Focus on your tone of voice. Speak up at an easy slightly slower speech rate. You’ll find it easier to articulate your message and will feel more confident.
Keep working with these strategies and work on them daily. Soon they will become habits.
Don’t let lack of confidence hold you back. You can do anything you want to do. Decide today that you can think, feel and act confidently. Once you start doing that, you’ll find more enjoyment in life and accomplish so much more.
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By Lynn Huber
p.s. When you smile, the whole world smiles with you, so why not? Even if you’re having one of “those” days, slap on a sincere grin. When you see others responding to your jovial attitude, your mood is bound to take a turn for the brighter and make you feel better about yourself.
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