“If you believe in yourself and feel confident in yourself, you can do anything. I really believe that”. These are the words of Karlie Kloss (American model). Self-confidence is often the result of self-belief.
Self-confidence is the key to success in many different areas of your life. Obviously confidence alone won’t ensure success, but it has a pivotal role to play. It’s never too early or too late to develop self-confidence.
The earlier you learn self-confidence the greater the positive effect it can have on your life. Personally, I would like to see confidence building as part of the national curriculum, but that’s someone else’s fight.
Regardless of your age (or your children’s ages) self-confidence can:
- Help develop leadership skills
- Teach you to have faith in yourself and not rely on others for this
- Improve the quality of your life
- Allow you to let people go when your relationship is no longer mutually beneficial
- Stand up for what you truly believe in
- Feel comfortable in your own skin
- Respect yourself and those you associate with equally well
Here are seven tips to help you develop self-confidence and enjoy greater success:
- Believe in yourself – even if the odds appear to be stacked against you. It’s only by trying you discover what’s possible
- Trust your own instincts (gut feelings). If your inner voice tells you that you don’t want to do something – listen to it. Your instinct is your internal compass
- Don’t give in to peer, parent or manager pressure. Saying no, and going against the grain, allows you to live by your values not someone else’s. This is a wonderful way to earn respect as well as confidence
- Feel proud of yourself. Do things that you’re good at or bring out the best in you. This is a terrific way to feel confident
- Be a ‘confidence role model’. If you’re confident you can share your skills and knowledge with others. This will help both of you gain new confidence
- Spend time with genuinely supportive people. Confident people are drawn to other confident people. This means you create a mutually beneficial support network
- Work on your self-confidence every day. One of the easiest ways to do this is by saying and thinking positive things about yourself. A positive mindset goes a long way in confidence building
Regardless of age, we all suffer from insecurities occasionally. Just work on them gently and stay true to you.
Self-confidence is a good friend, so make room for it in your life and be richly rewarded. Always have faith in yourself and what you can do. Never stop believing in yourself.
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