Last Updated: May 8, 2017
Confidence is vital in business. Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right.” This article explains 6 simple tips to boost your confidence and help you achieve your goals.
Self-confidence gives you the courage to take sensible risks and to pursue stretching targets. Exactly what is required to build and grow a business. It also makes building and managing teams simpler as a confident approach naturally inspires confidence in others.
the good news is that self-confidence is like a muscle. It can be built up through deliberate training and practice. Whether you’re suffering a temporary slump, or self-confidence is something that you’ve always struggled with, let’s look at 6 ways to boost yours.
stop being so hard on yourself. We’re far more critical of ourselves than we ever would be of a friend. Next time you face a problem break this pattern. Rather than dwelling on the things that you didn’t get right, focus on solutions to the problem and avoid negative self-talk. It won’t help to solve the problem and will only drain your confidence and energy.
Research has shown that by acting more confidently you can actually make yourself feel more confident. the body can control the mind. So making some simple changes to your body language can help improve your confidence.
the more you put yourself into unfamiliar and difficult situations, the better you will get at handling and overcoming them. Over time you will become comfortable dealing with problematic situations. Most importantly you will learn that you are able to get overcome Problems, and so feel much more confident about tackling a problem or something uncomfortable next time you face one.
In our hearts, we all know that the stories we hear have been ‘airbrushed’ to remove any blemishes. However, against that, we compare the worst of what we know about ourselves and let’s be honest here, given our natural tendency to be hard on ourselves it is always the worst of what we know about ourselves. It’s not surprising that we never measure up, and we never will, but this doesn’t stop us being hard on ourselves.
Next time you find yourself comparing yourself to someone else, catch yourself and remind yourself that you don’t play this is a game anymore because it’s a game that you can’t win. Instead take the time to think about all of the things that you are doing to live as full and joyful a life as you possibly can.
Procrastination hurts your confidence, and can become a vicious circle. avoiding things that you know need to be dealt with will naturally lead to negative self-talk and low confidence. This will make tackling the issue seem even more difficult, leading you to put off addressing it and perpetuating the cycle.
Take a small step towards a small goal today. This focuses your mind on the positive (what you want and why you want it), and away from the negative (risks and possible Problems), and it breaks the cycle. It shows that you can get past your worries and take action and will give you a boost.
Take time to celebrate your successes, big and small. Reminding yourself of the progress that you have made and the Problems that you’ve overcome is fun and will naturally give you a boost. Many people rush from project to project without ever pausing to enjoy their success.