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6 Ways To Become More Self-Confident

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Question – What sabotages human potential more than any other factor?

Self doubt, indeed. Self-confidence is one of the most difficult, yet attainable characteristics among people today. Many people feel that they will never have what it takes to have the self-confidence that they desire. They often look to others with solid self-confidence with admiration, sometimes even with envy. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Everyone has an equal chance at being self-confident and stepping into their true potential. The big question you must ask yourself is – Are you willing to be at the top of your game?
Wikipedia describes Self-confidence ‘as having confidence in oneself. Confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability.’ Yes, self-confidence has that power. Whether you are an entrepreneur, leading your organization or an employee working for somebody else managing a team, self-confidence is must for anyone that is looking to succeed in business as well as in life. Without it, you won’t believe in yourself and your abilities and neither will anybody else.
Here are 6 ways you can train yourself and build your confidence reservoir –
1. Celebrate your successes, even the small ones – Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and what needs to be taken care off, that we may not get a chance to connect with our deeper selves. Take the time to disconnect from your routine and reflect. Make a note of all your past accomplishments, even the small ones – did you get an A in your assignment? Did someone thank you for something you did for them without thinking too much? Boost your confidence by connecting with your successes.
2. Surround yourself with encouragers – Consciously make an effort to build a network of friends, peers and colleagues that are positive and uplifting. Enthusiastic people with a good attitude are invaluable; they can give you ideas, genuine encouragement and even a pat on your back when deserved. Stay away from those that find it hard to give, constantly complain and stay in the victim mode.
3. Manage fear - Fear is part of everyone’s psyche’, even the most successful people can get fearful but they don’t allow that to hold them back. They have learnt how to conquer their dread, mostly because they realize that fear is not always reality based. When you find fear standing in the way of you being more confident, the best way to deal with it is to have a conversation with yourself and really ask if what you’re feeling is real. Face with your fears head on, so you can reduce the hold that it may have on you.
4. Use your failures as fuel to build your confidence – Sometimes we fail despite being prepared well and it is easy to feel down and allow the experience to affect our confidence in a negative way. While it is natural to feel disheartened but staying in that space and allowing that to chip away on your self-worth and confidence isn’t really that helpful. What will help is if you used the setback to analyze what you could have done better and apply the knowledge and pain to propel you forward. Failing isn’t the end of the world; they are the opportunity to learn. Allow them to act as fuel to build your confidence reservoir.
5. Seek validation from people you admire – While validation is always pleasant to hear but when they come from someone you admire and respect, it holds that extra meaning. If in your life or work you have people that you respect, build relationships with them and give them the opportunity to validate your progress in life and in work.
6. Trust your Intuition – Sometimes even when you have everything prepared, you don’t feel confident to move forward. In times like these, you can get an additional boost of confidence by relying on your intuition. We all know gut decisions usually turn out to be accurate, even when logical ones fail. Connect with your Intuition and use it in your daily work and personal life.

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