My 5 Ways to Build Self-Confidence

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Self-confidence is the belief in your ability to accomplish your goals no matter the adversity. Also, I believe that it is the “X-factor” in achieving your goals and becoming a better person in life. The ability to believe in yourself and your skills can allow you to conquer half the battle.

We all had those moments where we doubted ourselves and became uncomfortable. There are many reasons for that, and I believe that one of those reasons is that we weren’t accustomed to that kind of pressure. Self-confidence is not this gift that only certain individuals have. Through quality practice and repetition, it is a skill that can be BUILT. If we practice and get comfortable with the uncomfortable, we can build our self-confidence.

This self-confidence can create opportunities that set us up for success and, each time we achieve something new, our self-confidence builds up. Here are five ways to help build self-confidence:
1. Set goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-oriented)
Specific – Clearly define and identify what you want to achieve
Measurable – Have an indicator to see if you are progressing or regressing
Action-oriented – Create an action plan involving steps on how to achieve your goals
Realistic – Give yourself an opportunity to succeed by setting goals that you can actually accomplish
Time-bound – Have a time line for when you need to accomplish your goal

2. Positive Letter

Write a letter to yourself about what you’ve accomplished in your life. When you start to hear that negative self-talk within yourself, take the time to read that accomplishment letter to re-assert your self-confidence.

3.  Positive Thoughts and Action

Think and act positively! It is what filters our perception. If you’re always focused on the negative then you will always encounter negative experiences.

4. The Power of a Simple Act – Smile!

Smile often! The power of a simple act can affect you and your surroundings. Not only will you feel better when you smile but it will have a chain reaction on how you can make others feel.

5. Quality Practice

Practice, practice, and practice. You can develop your X-factor, self-confidence and abilities by getting better at your craft. The best way to do this is to find your strength and evolve from that because once you find what you’re good at, it is hard to fail in that category.

#GritTip: Make sure you check out this video about “The Skill of Self-Confidence” from Dr. Ivan Joseph.