When a person is lacking in self confidence it can affect every area of their life, including their work life and their relationships. It also has a strong impact on how other people treat them. But there are many ways to boost your self-confidence and improve your life. Let’s talk about how to build your self-confidence by following these 10 tips.
Dress for success.
Buy a few really nice items of clothing that work well together and mix and match them. If you work in an office that requires formal business attire, make sure you are wearing a professional looking business suit or a dress with clean dress shoes. Wear matching accessories as well. Remember that when you look good, you feel good.
Walk a little faster.
Always walk briskly as if you have somewhere to be, whether you do or not. Pay attention to your surroundings, and to the people you are with, not to your cell phone.
Maintain a good posture.
Do you think people notice your posture when you walk by? They most definitely do, especially if you carry yourself well. Keep your head up and your shoulders back. This instantly defines confidence.
Express your appreciation.
To boost your self-confidence make a list of the things that you are grateful for and appreciate about yourself. Remind yourself about all of the things you have accomplished in your lifetime. As well, always express your appreciation to those around you, such as co-workers, family, friends, clients, and so on.
Have you ever noticed that when you criticize others it is usually because you are not feeling all that great about yourself? But you can break this cycle by complimenting others. The more you pay genuine compliments to other people, the better you will feel. And the better you feel, the more self-confident you will feel.
Volunteer your time to mentor someone else, or find a local charity in an area that you are interested in and volunteer your time there. When you spend time helping others and making them smile, you will smile more, which in turn, will help you feel better about yourself too.
Share your ideas.
The fear of being laughed at or criticized stops many of us from sharing our ideas and speaking up, but the more you push past that fear and begin participating in conversations with a strong voice, the more confident you will appear.
Get plenty of exercise.
The more you exercise the healthier and stronger your body will feel. As well you will look fitter and people will begin to compliment you.
Sit at the front.
If you attend a seminar or a large meeting try to get a seat at the front of the room, instead of hiding in the middle, or worse yet, the back of the room. People who sit up front get noticed and appear more confident than people hiding out in the back.
Speak and write in a positive tone.
How many times have you read a note or a letter from someone about something and the tone of their note, which has nothing to do with the topic of the note, makes them sound unhappy or grumpy, which in turn makes you feel depressed? In this day and age we are all constantly writing emails and sending text messages. Pay attention to your tone, and do your best to always sound upbeat and happy, unless of course you are writing about a very sad event.
Boosting your self-confidence is not as difficult as you may think. By making an honest effort to practice the above points on a daily basis, you will find that your confidence level will increase and you will feel better about yourself and those around you.
Is there anything specific that you do to boost and maintain your self-confidence? Please share...