Simple Steps To Boost Self-Confidence

 

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While focusing on one’s goals and ambitions, it is quite necessary to be positive and confident about one’s abilities, including both strengths and weaknesses. The level of self-confidence can determine how far you are going to go to achieve your dreams and desires. 


“Believe you can and you're halfway there.”

― Theodore Roosevelt 


Self-confidence is often hard to gather, but not impossible. If you feel lost and are dwelling in self-doubt and negative self-talk, these simple steps might help you in boosting your self-confidence. 


1. Focus on Strengths 


While assessing your personality and abilities, it is quite important to keep a track of your strengths and successes along the way. When feeling in doubt, try to remember your glory days and know that you will make yourself proud in the future again. 


2. Practice Positive Self-Talk 


Talking to yourself might sound like a crazy idea but experts and specialists in the field of psychology have conducted various studies which validate this. One should remember that in life someone else might not be there to cheer you on and motivate you when you’re feeling low. You’ll have to become your cheerleader and encourage yourself to keep going and keep fighting all battles. 


3. Social Media Detox 


In a world where every little thing is buzzing on social media, it is hard to keep track of all information that we grasp while scrolling on social media, and some information might be negative and triggering for our mental health. Thus, it becomes increasingly important to take a social media break or a social media detox wherein you steer clear of any social media apps. Social media can very easily lower your self-esteem and self-confidence. 


4. Practice Affirmations 


To become more positive in the face of challenges and dire situations, and build an overall positive outlook on life, practising affirmations might just do the trick. Practising daily affirmations regularly has been found very effective. Keeping a night journal to write affirmations also helps in reaping chances of better results. 


5. Stop Comparing Yourself 


Comparing yourself with others helps no one since it further decreases your self-esteem and self-confidence. This tends to happen a lot in today’s world because of the rat race wherein everybody wants to be better than others and eventually become the best. 


Social media tends to escalate the problem further since it is a sort of a mirage where people only share the ‘happy’ or ‘better’ moments of their life. But the truth is that no one’s life is pitch perfect, irrespective of what they portray on their social media pages. So it is better to stay away from social media instead of falling into this deadly trap. 


6. Make a Checklist 


This may sound a little boring and taxing at the same time but will help you get organized thus, ultimately helping you get your assigned work done. And once all your tasks will get stroked off the list, you will feel accomplished and thus more self-confident. Making a priority list also helps in case you are planning to map out an entire month. Keeping track of your deadlines helps you stay focused and also prevents stress levels. 


7. Living In The Present 


Several philosophers and scholars from times immemorial have stressed that the key to happiness and a long and healthy life is to stay in the present. Worrying about the future and staying locked up in the memories of the past does you no good at all. 


It only makes you either anxious or sad, both of which are negative emotions that you do not want to attach yourself with. Living in the here and now makes you grateful for what you have and also happy since you appreciate the little things around you more. 


Conclusion


The only secret to boosting your self-confidence is to first believe that you can do it. If you start believing in yourself, nobody will be able to stop you, not even your fears and inhibitions. If someone tells you that you can’t do one task, prove them wrong, not once but twice. Stay positive and work on your strengths and weaknesses, hard work and patience will earn your success along the way. 


Written by Chitra Gangwani


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