What is Confidence?
People with strong and healthy self-confidence feel good about themselves and their ability to reach goals and succeed in life.
Confidence is our personal ability to believe in ourselves.
In other words, strong self-confidence has nothing to do with our talents and skills, but with the way we feel about ourselves.
Yes, we all have talents, gifts, and skills.
However, we don’t need to be experts in certain areas to feel confident.
For example, you can feel jitters before public speaking, but still be confident in your speech-making.
On the other hand, if you struggle with low self-confidence, you may be experiencing negative self-thoughts about your competence, skills, appearance, worth, and so on.
Seeing yourself as incompetent and incapable may prevent you from attracting the positive outcomes and succeeding in life.
However, some experts say that being overconfident can also prevent you from succeeding in life.
For instance, if you don’t do comprehensive research and preparation for your presentation at work assuming that you know everything, it is likely that you will be unprepared and fail to deliver a good-quality work.
Therefore, nurturing a healthy and balanced self-confidence enables you to perform better, boosts your resilience, and helps attract good things into your life.
Here are the best confidence-improving strategies that will help change the mindset about your competencies and attract desired outcomes.
1. Affirm Yourself
Affirmations are positive and motivating messages that we send to ourselves.
Studies show that positive self-talk can significantly improve your confidence.
We tend to think, feel, and behave in accordance with our self-perception.
Therefore, affirming yourself is a powerful tool to deliberately establish positive self-image.
Moreover, positive affirmations are more effective if said out loud – when you can hear yourself say it, you will get your brain to accept your positive statements more quickly.
2. Visualize success
Visualizing yourself as you want to be is a great tool when you struggle with low self-confidence.
Sometimes, low confidence is caused by a poor perception of ourselves that is often inaccurate.
Practicing mental rehearsal and visualizing yourself as a successful person who achieves goals will help improve your self-perception and help boost confidence.
3. Express Gratitude
Being grateful for what you have in life is very rewarding.
Practicing gratitude will improve your self-image and inspire positive thoughts.
Furthermore, the growing body of research shows that gratitude can boost your confidence, recover your self-respect, and improve your mental, emotional, and physical health.
4. Practice Mindfulness
Incorporated in meditation, mindfulness represents our basic ability to be fully aware of the existing moment and completely focused on it.
Mindfulness studies reveal that mindfulness meditation can significantly improve your self-awareness, allowing you to reflect on your self-critical thoughts while in a state of deep relaxation.
Therefore, mindfulness can improve your self-respect and enhance confidence.
5. Create Boundaries
An important step in building your self-confidence is learning to say no and stand up for yourself.
Setting firm personal boundaries and teaching others to respect them will help you to take control over your life and boost your self-confidence.
If you feel uncomfortable setting boundaries, take classes on how to be more assertive – learn how to ask for what you want in a self-assured, yet respectful way.
6. Silent Your Inner Critic
The negative self-talk you use to discourage yourself may affect your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Moreover, these negative, self-critical thoughts can influence your life choices, prevent you from seizing opportunities and further damage your self-image.
Strategies such as positive affirmations, visualization, mindfulness meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you question your inner critic and replace your negative thought with the more positive ones.
7. Help Others
Helping other people often helps us feel grateful for what we have.
In addition, helping someone else will enable you to stop thinking about your weaknesses and focus on your strengths instead.
Whether it is teaching, volunteering, donating, or any other thoughtful behavior, making a difference for someone else will improve your sense of worth and boost up your confidence.
How to Improve Confidence with the Law of Attraction?
The law of attraction is a powerful rule that empowers you to attract the deepest desires, the best opportunities and desired outcomes into your life.
According to the law of attraction, you can train your subconscious mind to think only positive thoughts and beliefs.
This acts as a powerful magnet that can boost your self-confidence, set you for success and transform our lives.
Affirmations, mindfulness meditation, and visualization are great ways to improve your confidence with the law of attraction.
Nurturing your subconscious mind with positive thoughts and feelings about yourself and your abilities you will teach you how to recognize your potentials.
In addition, the law of attraction will help you identify the weaknesses you need to work on.
These self-help strategies will help you accept yourself and enhance and strengthen your self-confidence.
The Difference between Confidence and Self-esteem
Although very similar, terms self-confidence and self-esteem are actually two different concepts.
What is the difference between confidence and self-esteem?
And can you be very confident in your skills, while still struggling with low self-esteem?
Confidence is about believing in yourself and your ability to succeed that comes from your knowledge and experience.
In other words, the more knowledge and competence you have, the more self-confident you will become.
On the other hand, self-esteem is about how you feel about yourself.
Healthy self-esteem means that you have a positive and well-balanced view of yourself and that you feel good about yourself.
People who struggle with low self-esteem usually see themselves as incompetent, unlovable, and unworthy.
These critical self-thoughts can affect your behavior and life choices and usually further diminish your self-esteem.
If you struggle with low confidence and self-esteem, consider making changes in your life that will help improve your self-assurance and self-image and attract positive outcomes into your life.
How can you transform your life to attract more positivity and boost self-esteem?
In the next blog we will have a few tips on achieving more positive results in your life, and boosting more self esteem.