Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. – Norman Vincent Peale
Have you ever seen those men who are truly comfortable in their own skin? Their confidence shines like a brilliant star and other people are drawn to them. Being confident is important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle with doubt and low self-esteem. If you want to be more confident and improve your life, follow these 7 steps:
Conquer your fears
Fear prevents people from living up to their true potential. In order to overcome your fears, you must admit them and figure out the source. After some genuine introspection, you will realize that most of your fears are unfounded.
Stop worrying about what others think of you
Someone once said one-third of people will like you, one-third won’t and one-third won’t care either way. Therefore, your self-worth should not depend on other people’s approval or validation. You must do what you believe is right, even if others mock or criticize you for it.
Live for a purpose bigger than yourself
Find a cause you believe in and be a dedicated servant. Are you passionate about stopping hunger, eliminating cancer, improving education? Get involved! You will be enriched when you help others.
Nothing helps build confidence as much as knowledge. Be a life-long student. Continuous learning is not only personally enriching, it will also give you an edge in your career.
Emphasize your strengths
Many people waste time trying to improve their weak areas instead of honing their strengths. You know what you’re good at. Do those things and get others to fill in the gaps. Spending time on things you do well increases your return on investment and gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Stay connected to friends and family
Your family and friends will keep you grounded. They will always be honest with you and give you support when you need it the most.
You will go through various stages in your life – some good, some not so good. But through it all, you must never allow the circumstances to shape your self-perception. Love yourself regardless of what is happening around you.
Be careful to not to become over-confident (or even arrogant). If you do, you run the risk of stretching yourself beyond your capabilities and alienating your friends and colleagues. Throughout this process, you must maintain a proper balance of humility and civility.
Confidence is strength and with the right amount, you will have the courage to do things you never thought were possible. As a result, your life will be vastly improved.