Beneath the mask of confidence, we have a layer of insecurities that keep haunting us from time to time. Without confidence, accomplishing even minuscule tasks seems like a Herculean challenge.
Each one of us is unique, equipped with different skills and talents. Stop comparing and start embracing who you are.
“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it.
It just blooms.” - Zenkei Shibayama
Recognize your strengths and applaud yourself for being good at them. Don’t belittle your achievements and skills.
Applaud Your Strengths
Identify areas that are challenging for you and work on improving them. Learn, practice, and hone your skills constantly. This will boost your confidence.
Hone Problem Areas
“Stop hating yourself for everything you’re not. Start loving yourself for everything that you are.” - Unknown
Don’t lean on the praises and opinions of those around you. Introspect and discern for yourself where you stand.
Don’t Depend on Others
Irrespective of where you are today, it’s important to dream big. Visualize where you want to be and guard your dream. Dreams inspire us to work towards success.
Take the First Step
Don't just lie on the couch all day. Get up and do something that will take you one step closer to your dream. Even a baby step is better than doing nothing.
“Nothing holds you back more than your own insecurities”. - Unknown
Set achievable goals and work towards them. Extremely challenging goals may prove overwhelming and demotivating when not achieved.
Take Small Steps
Learn a new skill, language, instrument, adventure sports, etc. Prepare a bucket list and work towards it.
Inspire Your Inner Self
Reading through successful people's life journeys, their struggles against the odds and the road to success inspires us to overcome the obstacles in our lives.
For that extra boost of confidence, look back at some of the most exhilarating moments in your life.
Avoid self-condemnation and choose to believe in your abilities. Ignore critical comments from people around. Choose to face life with confidence.
Confidence Is a Choice
“Confidence is not 'They Will Like Me’. Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.” - Christina Grimmie
Trying is a million times better than standing by the sidelines watching. Failure is a part of the success journey. Don’t be afraid to fail, be proud you tried.
Don't Fear Failure
We all make mistakes and despite our best efforts, we can still err. Instead of justifying our mistakes, admit and learn from them. The more we take ownership of our mistakes, the more confident we become.
Own Your Mistakes
“It’s not what you are that is holding you back. It’s what you think you are not” - Unknown
Smiling releases happy chemicals in our brain, elevating our mood and boosting our self-confidence. Smile when you’re happy and even more when you’re blue.
Personal grooming plays a crucial role in determining our self-confidence. Dressing well boosts your inner confidence and also makes a good first impression on those around you.
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind." - Henry Ford