Tips on How to Develop Self Confidence

Confidence is a condition of the mind, not an instinctive trait. Self-confidence is something that helps lead to accomplishments. Those who are low in self-confidence doubt their ability. Self-confidence is something that can be learned. There are some concrete actions that can be taken to develop self-confidence.

  1. Have Goals

    • Work on accomplishing something. Sitting around and doing nothing will make you feel worse. Do not take whatever you are going to embark on too seriously or you will feel overwhelmed. Relax and focus on your task with a lighter state of mind. Start with a small goal. Don't start off to big or you will get discouraged. Establish a goal you know you can accomplish, and then set out to conquer it. You'll gain more confidence achieving a small goal. Once you accomplish many small goals, you can set larger goals. Always make sure your goals are achievable.

    Learn from Failure

    • Failure is a way of learning and growing as a human being. When you fail or are wrong, view it as a learning experience instead of something catastrophic. Sometimes we can learn from the mistakes of others, but often we have to fail on our own to gain experience. When you fail, you discover the world is not going to end. By failing, you at least have taken a chance.

    Identify Strengths

    • Identify your strengths by taking an internal inventory. Think about what makes you special. Make a list of at least 10 positive traits about yourself and put them down on paper. This will help you recognize your own talents and abilities. If this is especially difficulty, reflect on what people have told you in the past about things you do well or personality characteristics they appreciate. Go through old pictures and recall conversations with friends and coworkers to identify your abilities.

    Face Fear

    • Come to grips with your fear. Fear can hinder you and cause you take no action. However, there usually is no basis to what we fear. Face your fear directly. Fear is often described as false evidence appearing real. Discover precisely what you are afraid of and take action to discard your worry.

    Avoid Comparisons

    • Avoid beating yourself up with self-criticism. Criticism can be constructive, but often self-criticism can have negative effects, such as leading to feelings of inferiority, leading to a lack of self-confidence. Avoid comparing yourself to others and concentrate on the things you can accomplish. If you compare yourself to others you can end up feeling that you do not measure up. When people believe they are inferior to others, they begin to withdraw.

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