Do you often say sorry? Feel guilty for petty things? Feel awkward about your skills and abilities? Fail to achieve goals? Compare yourself with others? Have trouble cracking job interviews? Miss opportunities? These are all signs of low self-confidence.
“One important key to success is self-confidence” – Arthur Ashe
What are the things common in people with high self-confidence? They are attractive, easily hired for jobs, achieve goals, productive and successful. You must have also noticed that people often love to spend time with confident people. Agree?
You may not be confident in all areas of life all the time, but you can reach a point where you are 100% confident about what you are doing and why you are doing.
How to build your self confidence?
Here are some simple and well-proven hacks to build and grow your self-confidence:
1. Live by your principles
What is your key principle? Honesty, boldness or anything else? And do you live your life in accordance with it? If you haven’t thought of it, start now! Guiding principles help you make value-based decisions and choices. You can better meet your goals and manage your time and priorities.
2. Know yourself
Sun Tzu, author of the internationally acclaimed book The Art of War, said “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” Develop high self-awareness to kill low confidence and win all battles in life. God has gifted each one of us with unique ability. Some are introverts, some are extroverts, some are good leaders while some are good managers. What is your unique gift? Know it, embrace it! You will become more confident!
3. Speak slowly
Sounds simple? But a hard thing to do! Speaking fast can hurt your message. Not everyone can catch up with your pace and miss on important points. Practice breathing techniques to calm yourself that will slow down the rhythm of your speech. Speak slowly without skipping any word and stretch your vowels – you will start feeling confident.
It neither cost you money nor time! Why not smile more? Smile doesn’t harm anyone but offers positive vibes Smiling boost neuronal connections in your brain and releases various happy hormones like dopamine, endorphins. Thus, you feel good, less stressed, more confident – which helps people easily approach you.
5. Attitude of gratitude
Being grateful for what you have improves your self-image! People who write gratitude letters are reported to have better mental health. Being grateful is directly proportional to being confident.
Needless to say, exercise brings you unlimited physical and mental health benefits. It not only lifts your mood but trains your brain to pick positive thoughts and feel good about your abilities and body image, which in turn boosts confidence. That doesn’t mean you have to become Arnold Schwarzenegger! Just walk for 30 minutes every day and you will see a huge change in your confidence levels.
7. Groom yourself
It is but undeniable fact that people feel more attracted to those who look and feel good. Grooming yourself – taking care of your skin, nails, beard, teeth, and hairstyle helps you stay well-rounded. It affects the way you regard yourself and that stimulates self-esteem and confidence.
8. Dress nicely
Clothes reveal a person’s personality! When I dress nicely, I stay in a good mood for the entire day. I don’t want to look like Jennifer Lawrence! I just wear what fits my body type! To my surprise that helps me freely communicate with people and it changes how others listen to what I say. Price and brand don’t matter! Just look nice and presentable and see how it boosts your self-confidence!
9. Correct posture
Always stand tall, sit straight, open up your chest, chin up, keep up your head level. Unlike slump and slouch posture, straight posture lifts your mood, boosts confident thoughts. Try it and you will feel more poised and assured. You will 100% look more confident and attractive!