Limitless self-confidence isn't a naturally occurring trait. Sure, some people have more confidence than others, but it's usually because they work on it.
Luckily, confidence is something that you can learn and build up over time. Many factors can influence self-esteem and confidence, but the truth is, it's possible to train your brain towards self-confidence. Mayo Clinic suggests using the power of your thoughts and beliefs to adjust how you feel about yourself.
Here are some useful and practical tips you can follow to boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Be Positive and Take Consistent Action
A positive mindset and consistent action can get you where you need to be when it comes to confidence. Remind yourself to use positive self-talk. Re-frame negative statements in your mind to be positive.
Your thoughts and feelings will affect your self-esteem, so naturally, a positive mindset will result in a confident attitude. However, you need to be consistently positive even when it's tough for the best results.
Meditation is a great tool to calm the mind when you start over-thinking or worrying about things. Find a quiet place to focus on your breathing. Deep breathing allows more oxygen to enter your lungs and helps settle any unpleasant feelings or thoughts.
Check out the Mental Health section of the Confidant Health app to find more tips on practicing mindful breathing and meditation.
Learn to Receive Compliments
Take compliments seriously and allow yourself to receive and appreciate them. Don’t allow your mind to turn them away or disregard them. This is a common trick that the mind plays when you doubt yourself.
This low self-esteem or lack of confidence can convince you that other people's compliments are not genuine or true. Don’t dismiss them, but repeat them to yourself and accept them with grace.
Look for Inspiration
People have achieved incredible things against great odds. If they can do it, so can you.
It’s never too late to achieve the goals that matter to you. Turn to other people who inspire, such as Demi Lovato, Dax Shepherd, and Bradley Cooper, who have all made great strides in their recovery journey. This a useful step, but sometimes it is easier to relate to people you can connect with personally. Confidant Health offers donation based group therapy that you can join.
Talk with other members about their experiences and learn from one another. Someone can inspire you, and others can find inspiration in you as well. Talk to your matchmaker about joining one of our groups.
Track Your Progress
Make a note of how far you’ve come by writing it down and celebrating your accomplishments. This will help you understand what is working for you and what isn’t to make changes or adjustments along the way.
It will you see where you started and how far you’ve come. Ensure that you begin this as soon as you start working on your confidence and make regular notes. It may help to track your weekly progress, or you could opt to make a note when you've achieved one of your confidence goals. Just make sure to celebrate your success, even if it's a small accomplishment.
By following these easy tips and consistently building your confidence, you'll soon progress and see the results.