Confidence is vital in everyday life. It is how you walk up to someone and ask them out, how you speak in a social gathering, what drives you to give a killer presentation at the office, it’s how you talk and more importantly, it’s how you carry yourself.
Being confident doesn’t just happen overnight, you build it over the years until you become a master at it.
Many people are not as influential as they look but their ability to showcase confidence, make people respect them.
Here are 10 ways to become and be more confident.
Sign up for that evening class and enjoy it. Alternatively, read a book or take an online course on a topic you’ve always wanted to learn more about.
Learning new things stretches yourself, keeps your mind active and most definitely boosts your confidence.
2. Be Of Assistance To Your Partner Or Best Friend
This can be something as easy as helping them with a chore they don’t like or have little time for.
Through helping then, you’ll find that you help yourself.
3. Work Out Or Exercise
The physiological effects after hitting the gym will leave you feeling great.
Countless studies have shown that regular workouts at the gym can boost not only your sense of well-being but can increase your self-esteem too. Plus you will feel in control of your body because you are building it by yourself.
4. Network And Go For Networking Events
Rather than being nervous about your stuff, focus on how to help others.
Instead of going along to try to sell yourself to others, why not change your approach and simply go along to see how you can help the people you meet?
By doing this, you’ll come across as calm, confident and someone that people will want to turn to again and again. And it gives you a sense of importance and responsibility.
5. Be Clear On The Things That Matter To You
If these things are not in your life, you’ll need to bring them in.
For example, if your daily work routine is currently as dull as dishwater but you’d like it to be fun then do something about it.
Turn data entry into personal speed contests, paper filing into ‘screen-free’ time and interactions with your colleagues into jovial and enjoyable conversations.
6. Eliminate Things You Have Been Tolerating From Your Life
Write a list of the things you’re tolerating and putting up within your life, then write down how you can remove, minimize or diminish each one.
It’s also a good idea to put the priority items at the top of your list, so you can begin resolving these first.
7. Celebrate All Your Wins
Look at a great or small win or success you’ve experienced and given yourself credit for your part in it.
Recognizing your achievements is not egotistical, it’s healthy.
8. Associate In Social Gatherings
In social gatherings, don’t just talk to people you know, talk to strangers too.
Go and have a conversation with someone you don’t know. By doing this you may be pleasantly surprised by what or who you’ll discover.
You can also extend this trait by breaking outside of your normal social circle at your workplace.
9. Do It For The Fun And The Challenge
Next time you talk yourself out of doing something (a party invite, a challenging project or whatever else), say “What the Hell” and go and do it anyway.
Life is too short to continue flaking out on things, do it anyway.
10. Do Something To Bring A Smile On Your Face
This could be something as simple as sending a thank you email to a colleague that has been helpful to you or leaving a surprise present for your partner that they’ll discover when they wake up.
Life shouldn’t be dull or menial, but we all need to make the effort to keep it light, loving and fun.
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