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What You Can Do To Boost Your Self-Confidence

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“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.”

Marcus Aurelius

There’s nothing wrong with a dash of self-criticism because it can be a healthy way for you to stay motivated. Perhaps it will motivate you to do better and improve your skills so you can be more confident. However, if you constantly doubt yourself, it could be a sign that you lack self-confidence. You may become indecisive as a result, and this can hinder your success in the workplace or romantically.

You can overcome your doubts, even if it takes time. Through commitment and diligent work, you can work towards becoming an authentic, beautiful version of yourself.

Don’t Be Afraid to Take Risks

“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”

Seneca

While you should be aware that taking risks can cost you, trying things you are unsure of can help you learn what you are capable of. In most cases, when we feel insecure, we don’t feel that way due to past experiences. The opposite is true. Making a point of taking risks, no matter how uncomfortable or daunting, will help us learn more about what we are capable of.

A Diary Can Be Helpful

“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.”

Jen Williamson

An effective way to address self-doubt is by keeping a journal. At least once a month, or twice a month, review your past entries. Most of the time, you’ll discover how nervous you were when something new happened, but it might not bother you anymore.

Whenever you face a difficult situation, it can be helpful to reflect on your opinions on the matter, proceed cautiously, and eventually succeed. There are times when it can be difficult to observe things like this in the moment, which is why they are more straightforward to see after the fact.

Speak to Someone

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”

Brené Brown

Whatever the reason may be, if we experience self-doubt, it usually means we are unable to recognize our own natural strengths. That doesn’t mean that those around us can’t. You might find it helpful to speak with someone familiar with your personality, such as a colleague, friend, or family member. The conversation would be especially useful if you are making a significant decision.

If you ask for advice, make sure it’s clear that you’re seeking guidance, not motivation. You don’t want to hear how highly they think of you, you want to know if it’s worth trying. Consider listening to them respectfully tell you that it’s okay to be nervous before asking you to do something you aren’t comfortable doing.

A Pep Talk Can Help

“I’d always end up broken down on the highway. When I stood there trying to flag someone down, nobody stopped. But when I pushed my own car, other drivers would get out and push with me. If you want help, help yourself—people like to see that.”

Chris Rock

In any case, sometimes, an encouraging word can make all the difference. Sometimes we set out to do something and believe that we can do it well. But, regardless of what we do, our inner critic tells us we don’t measure up. You can approach a friend or family member and say, “I’m looking into applying to this position (marrying my partner, &c.) and would appreciate your support.”

Take a Moment to Motivate Yourself

“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.”

Andrea Dykstra

It is also possible to motivate yourself by visualizing yourself conducting an interview for the position for which you intend to apply. The interview process can be nerve-racking, but picturing yourself as a candidate will help prepare you to answer questions such as “What do you excel at?” and “What makes you an attractive candidate for this job?”

Counselors or Therapists Can Help

“Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.”

Erik Erikson

It might help to talk to a counselor or therapist if you’ve always struggled with self-doubt. The cause of self-doubt can sometimes be traced back to certain events in the past that you may have forgotten about. If self-doubt is adversely affecting your daily activities, you may want to see a licensed professional who may be able to help. Your healthcare provider may be able to assist you in finding a professional online, or in your local area.

Wrapping Up

Lack of self-confidence is not only frustrating, it can even hold you back from achieving your goals and reaching your full potential. Recognizing your accomplishments and expressing self-love are essential, as well as having a network of family and friends who have your best interests at heart and want to help you succeed.

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Brian M.
Brian M.
1 month ago

Confidence goes such a long way in life. Some people can fake it until they make it but true confidence in yourself and your abilities really does give you a big advantage when it comes to work and careers. I love the quotes included in this article. They are really inspiring! 

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