Self-Confidence: Why You Need It and How to Build It
What does it take to be successful in life? Education? Experience? Skill? Talent? Finances? Sure, some of these things can factor into a person’s ability to be successful, but one can have all of the above and still never accomplish anything. How is that possible? Without the right mindset about yourself and your value, essentially, accomplishing goals to get where you want to become impossible.
You Need Self-Confidence
Self-confidence simply put is believing in yourself, your worth, and portraying this in your actions so that it reflects positively to others. If you do not believe in yourself or believe that you are valuable, how in the world do you begin to master anything in life? When you’re not confident, you become stifled by fear and self-doubt. You don’t attempt to try things that will allow you to grow. You become dependent upon others to feel special. You don’t take care of your wellbeing.
Ways to Build Self-Confidence
Now, do you see the importance of being confident in yourself? People with high self-confidence get further in life despite the circumstances that may come their way. They’re willing to take on new challenges, try new things, grow, and even make mistakes to get to their ultimate goals. If you’d like to boost your own confidence, here are some suggestions you might consider:
Tune Out Negative Thoughts
Your confidence level is measured by how much you believe in yourself. If you have an inner voice constantly telling you why you shouldn’t believe, it can be hard to boost your confidence. So, start tuning out those negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. For example, “I’m never going to get out of debt.” can become “With a plan in place, I can get out of debt in time”. Repeat the positive thoughts as many times as necessary to block out the negative.
Though your self-confidence has a lot to do with your interior, making changes to your exterior can improve how you feel about yourself. Go get a nice haircut or new style. Buy some nice fragrances and take a nice shower. Get your hands and feet done at a salon. Or, do everything at home on your own. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel about yourself.
How you feel when you look in the mirror can gravely impact your self-confidence levels. Maybe you’re getting older and can’t stand to see your sagging or wrinkling skin. Perhaps you were in a fight and broke your nose. Or, maybe there’s simply something about yourself that you really don’t like that makes you feel less than. In these instances, it may be worth consulting with a cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Binder to see what your options are. A simple face and neck lift or rhinoplasty procedure could give you the boost you need to feel confident again.
Not only does exercising help you to sculpt a body anyone would be proud of, but it helps to improve your mood, raise your energy levels, and increase productivity levels. Each of these things can essentially help to boost your self-confidence. If you don’t already have a fitness routine, develop one that fits into your schedule and works best for you. For instance, if you’re a busy mom you may only have time for a few minutes of yoga in the mornings and a walk after dinner. If you’re in college, however, you might have time to hit the gym for an hour before classes start.
Tap Into Your Strengths and Talents
Want to boost your self-confidence? Stop getting so wrapped up in your weaknesses and start living in your strengths. If you’ve got a degree in accounting but currently work as a secretary for a law firm, perhaps it’s time to figure out how to switch fields. Are you a great dancer? Then, start taking dance classes once a week to enjoy something you’re great at while also building on it. Do you give good parenting advice? Start a blog for parents and share your advice with the world. The more you indulge in activities that remind you of your strengths, the more confident you become.
From being successful on a date to landing the career you’ve always wanted, high self-confidence level is absolutely necessary to accomplishing everything you want in life. If you’ve struggled through the years with fear and self-doubt, start doing the work to strengthen your confidence from the inside out.
Dallas Dorrall is passionate about music and is living her dream managing and promoting Nashville/Muscle Shoals based Country Music Artist, Johnny Collier, currently touring the US. While traveling, she enjoys reviewing new artists, restaurants and nightclubs. Dallas is crazy about her family and friends and attributes her enthusiasm for life to a quote by Marianne Williamson (which she still reads every day) entitled “Our Deepest Fear”.