I’ve started this post a hundred times. At least, that’s what it feels like. I might be over exaggerating just a tad.
The thing is, my confidence in myself is sometimes lacking. Writing these posts is both scary and exhilarating, because writing is what I love and people I know are know reading what I create. What if they hate my work?
Each of us put ourselves out there every day – at work, at school, on a date, or when we’re online. Every little action has a risk associated with it. And I realize that sometimes it can be hard to build up the confidence to do the things that are a little riskier than we are used to.
I mean, we’ve all been there. Sick to our stomach with nerves. Obsessing over the one moment that we’ll probably not look back on in a few months or years.
Luckily, there are some things you (and I) can do to help boost up our confidence so that we can show our shining spirit at all times.
- Practice good posture and use body language that inspires confidence. It’s surprising how much just changing your stance, improving posture, or finding a power pose can have a huge effect on your confidence levels. If you’re finding that you’re walking into that presentation with the jitters, try standing a little taller.
- Get your body moving with some exercise. To quote Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.” Exercises has been shown to provide multiple benefits outside of keeping your body in shape and healthy. It plays a big role in mental health – meaning that working out will provide a bit of a boost to your confidence. Not only will you feel a sense of self-accomplishment, but it relieves some of the stress that is eating away at you and lowering your confidence.
- Dress for success. Cheesy, but it’s a statement that you best listen to. One of the reasons why finding your style is so important is that it is almost like your second skin. Your style makes you happy and makes you feel better about yourself. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I could take on the world when my outfit is on point.
- Keep a list of accomplishments. I have a confession to make – I love looking at my LinkedIn profile. Not only do I get to see all of the great things I have had the opportunity to be a part of, but I get to reflect on the fact that there’s a reason I have been so blessed. With a bit of hard work, I can get the job done and people have recognized the work that I put into the things that I do. Keeping a list of accomplishments – not just a resume or your LinkedIn profile – can really help boost your confidence and provide a little motivation. Keep track of all of the awesome things that you do, whether small and large, to look back on later. You won’t regret it.
- Practice and prepare. Just throwing yourself into something can be pretty easy to do – and also something that you won’t thank yourself for later. If you have a big presentation to give soon or need to speak up at the big meeting, make sure to go in prepared. Practice your speech, or if it’s an informal comment at a meeting, make sure to at least have notes on what you want to discuss. And be prepared to back it. Knowing what you are going to say can boost your confidence a lot. You’ll feel great about yourself afterward and maybe it can be something you add to your accomplishments list.
What are some of the things that you do to boost your confidence and keep your self-esteem levels high? Have you tried any of the things on this list? Share and comment below – I’d love to hear!