HOW TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE
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Are you feeling a little low in confidence, but don’t know how to change? Everyone struggles with feeling their best at times, but believing in yourself and your abilities is a crucial part of advancing your career.
Luckily, confidence can be learned. The old saying, “fake it till you make it” is actually perfectly applied here. Take your first step today, and use our top twenty-six steps to build your self-confidence and get where you want in your career.
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses
- Boost your skill set and keep learning
- Become optimistic and think yourself into a positive attitude
- Smile and look people in the eye
- Share your honest opinion
- Ditch doubt
- Practice appreciation
- Advocate for yourself as you would advocate for others
- Have a clear vision
- Set effective goals and work to achieve them
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Embrace life’s challenges
- Accept your imperfections
- Give yourself permission to be in the process, take risks and make mistakes
- Focus on progress, not perfection
- Present yourself with confidence
- Stand or sit in a posture of confidence
- Ask for help and offer your help to others
- Recognize small things you have accomplished
- Embrace whatever it is you love
- Accept disapproval
- Always do your best
- Don’t focus on what others think
- Prioritize self-care
- Exercise regularly
- Read the amazing book “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know” by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
It’s impossible to feel amazing all the time, but with some patience and effort, you won’t be down forever. If you’re still struggling to picture yourself wildly confident after reading our article, don’t sweat it. These things take time. It’s important not to give up without allowing yourself time to really explore. Invest in yourself by trying to improve one or two aspects at a time, and before you know it, you’ll begin to feel a difference. Remember, you are the expert in your own mind and body.
Reflect on your own life and personality to determine how to best support growth. You will really notice a difference in your professional interactions, and just might receive a raise or promotion.