So, how can you build your self-confidence?
The steps to becoming more confident can be intimidating, so it is helpful if you start small and build up. Start by accomplishing any small goals you might have and work up to the larger ones. Checking these goals off on a to-do list can help you feel more empowered and can give you a visual of the progress that you are making. While completing your goals, focus on the things that can go right instead of the things that can go wrong. Above all, it is important to be ok with failing. Failing can lead to personal growth, help teach you what you can do differently in the future, and is a necessary step in the process of becoming more confident. Remember, confidence is a mind set, and if you are mean to yourself and dwell on it when you fail, it will be harder to become your most confident self.
Becoming confident can make you step out of your comfort zone, but when you start to feel anxious or fearful try to replace these negative thoughts with positive ones. It can be helpful to remember and channel some of your past successes. While they may seem similar, confidence is not the same thing as arrogance. While arrogance needs external validation from others in order to feel fulfilled, confidence only needs your own validation. Be honest with yourself about what you like and don’t like, and stand up for yourself. It isn’t selfish or arrogant to recognize what makes you happy and to do it as long as you aren’t bringing others down. This is your life, so stop worrying about what other people might think about your goals and what you like, and start thinking about how you feel about them.
– Haidyn Emmerich
Nourish Your Mind Blog Contributor