SELF-CONFIDENCE is the KEY to SUCCESS
You can move mountains…if you BELIEVE that you can do it.
Believing in yourself is really important in allowing you to live your life to the fullest. Without self-confidence, you can’t succeed.
If even you yourself can’t believe in your own abilities, who will? How can you convince others if you can’t even convince yourself? To succeed, you must first believe that you can succeed. Do that, and you have won half of the battle!
“They succeed, because they think they can.” -Virgil
Even Virgil, Rome’s greatest poet, believed in the power of self-belief. Believe in yourself before anyone else can believe in you – that’s the key of success.
You see, self-confidence plays an important role in our life. Without it, we will feel depressed whenever stuff doesn’t go our way, we will lack the courage to pursue our dreams and we will give up the moment we face any hardship or obstacles.
But How Do We Improve Our Self-Confidence?
See the positive in the negatives, develop a positive mindset. And, don’t ever doubt your own capability. Below are 10 actions to boost your self-confidence.
10 Actions to Boost Your Self-Confidence
1. Groom Yourself
This seems like such an obvious one, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and getting dressed up for the day can make in your feelings of self-confidence and for your self-image. There have been days when I turned my mood around completely with this one little thing.
2. Think Positive
One of the things I learned when I started going to the gym, last September, what how to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. How I can actually change my thoughts, and by doing so make great things happened. With this tiny little skill, I was able to overcome the pain of my broken ankle (broken in Nov. 2013 and needed 2 surgeries) and I now started to run, 6 months before the surgeon told me to I could do it and the pain is gone. Seriously. Try it if you haven’t.
3. Kill Negative Thoughts
This one goes hand-in-hand with the above item, but it’s so important that I made it a separate item.
You have to learn to be aware of your self-talk, the thoughts you have about yourself and what you’re doing. When I was power walking at the gym, sometimes my mind would start to say, “This is too hard. I want to stop and go watch TV.” Well, I soon learned to recognize this negative self-talk, and soon I learned a trick that changed everything in my life: I would imagine that a negative thought was a bug, and I would vigilantly be on the lookout for these bugs. When I caught one, I would stomp on it (mentally of course) and squash it. Kill it dead. Then replace it with a positive one. (“C’mon, I can do this! Only one mile left!”)
Know yourself and you will win all battles. – Sun Tzu
4. Get To Know Yourself
When going into battle, the wisest general learns to know his enemy very, very well. You can’t defeat the enemy without knowing him. And when you’re trying to overcome a negative self-image and replace it with self-confidence, your enemy is yourself.
Get to know yourself well. Start listening to your thoughts. Start writing a journal about yourself, and about the thoughts you have about yourself, and analyzing why you have such negative thoughts. And then think about the good things about yourself, the things you can do well, the things you like. Start thinking about your limitations, and whether they’re real limitations or just ones you’ve allowed to be placed there, artificially. Dig deep within yourself, and you’ll come out (eventually) with even greater self-confidence.
5. Act Positive
More than just thinking positive, you have to put it into action. Action, actually, is the key to developing self-confidence. It’s one thing to learn to think positive, but when you start acting on it, you change yourself, one action at a time.
You are what you do, and so if you change what you do, you change what you are. Act in a positive way, take action instead of telling yourself you can’t, be positive. Talk to people in a positive way, put energy into your actions. You’ll soon start to notice a difference.
6. Increase Competence
How do you feel more competent? By becoming more competent. And how do you do that? By studying and practicing. Just do small bits at a time. If you want to be a more competent marketer, for example, don’t try to tackle the entire profession of marketing all at once. Just begin to write more. Journal, blog, write short stories. The more you write as a marketer, the better you’ll be. Set aside 30 minutes a day to write (for example), and the practice will increase your competence.
7. Set a Small Goal and Achieve it
People often make the mistake of shooting for the moon, and then when they fail, they get discouraged. Instead, shoot for something much more achievable. Set a goal you know you can achieve, and then achieve it. You’ll feel good about that. Now set another small goal and achieve that.
The more you achieve small goals, the better you’ll be at it, and the better you’ll feel. Soon you’ll be setting bigger (but still achievable) goals and achieving those too.
8. Focus on Solutions
If you are a complainer (like I used to be, I admit!), or focus on problems, change your focus now. Focusing on solutions instead of problems is one of the best things you can do for your confidence and your career. “I’m fat and lazy!” So how can you solve that? “But I can’t motivate myself!” So how can you solve that? “But I have no energy!” So what’s the solution?
9. Empower Yourself With Knowledge
Empowering yourself, in general, is one of the best strategies for building self-confidence. You can do that in many ways, but one of the surest ways to empower yourself is through knowledge. This is along the same vein as building competence and getting prepared … by becoming more knowledgeable, you’ll be more confident … and you become more knowledgeable by doing research and studying. The Internet is a great tool, of course, but so are the people around you, people who have done what you want, books, magazines, and educational institutions.
10. Get Active or ACT as I Often Say
Doing something is almost always better than not doing anything. Of course, doing something could lead to mistakes … but mistakes are a part of life. It’s how we learn. Without mistakes, we’d never get better. So don’t worry about those. Just do something. Get off your butt and get active — physically, or active by taking steps to accomplish something.
REMEMBER – SELF-CONFIDENCE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS
Everyone is meant for something great, you just haven’t realized your potential yet!
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