Confidence means feeling sure of yourself and your abilities — not in an arrogant way, but in a realistic, secure way. Confidence isn't about feeling superior to others. It's a quiet inner knowledge that you're capable of achieving what you set out to do.
In order for us to step forward in life and get closer to our goals, confidence is absolutely necessary.
If we lack confidence, we open ourselves up to all kind of problems including; limiting beliefs, other peoples opinions, overthinking and worrying about failure.
Starting anything new can be daunting, and there will be many challenges that come up along the way.
If we don't believe in our abilities, then the first sign of difficulty can lead us to doubt ourselves.
It quickly becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. People who lack confidence may hear their inner critic say "see told you that this would fail"
On the other hand, if you are confident in your talents and skills, you are more likely to push through and focus on finding solutions instead of looking for more problems to back up your claim that you are unworthy or undeserving of success.
In summary, confidence defiantly contributes to success in life.
So how can we gain more of it!
Confidence is a skill, and like any skill can be developed and improved. Aim to take one small courageous action daily. For example, talk to a stranger on your commute, speak up in the next meeting or make that sales call. Small acts of bravery help build up confidence.
Body language is vital when it comes to confidence. Stand tall, shoulders back and smile.
In a recent Harvard study, they found high power poses increased testosterone by 20 per cent and decreased cortisol levels by 25 per cent.
So just by standing or sitting with better posture increases your confidence.
Do this as often as you can throughout the day, especially if you are about to do something outside of your comfort zone.
When you look good, you feel good, right? Move your body daily, and eat whole foods, take care of your body; it's the only one you have.
Treat yourself to some new clothes. If you have an event or big meeting coming up, buy yourself a new outfit. It will instantly boost your confidence.
We are our own worst critics. How often do you catch yourself criticising your own abilities? Start becoming more aware of how you think and speak to yourself.
Try mirror work. Look in the mirror and tell yourself "you are enough" that you at worthy of all the happiness and success life has to offer.
Affirm how great you are often and write down your strengths. Allow yourself to be proud of what you have achieved so far.
Comparing yourself to others is the quickest way to steal your joy and your confidence, especially if you spend half your day on social media.
The only person we should ever compare ourselves to is the person we were yesterday.
Keep learning and developing yourself daily and aim to be the best version of yourself.
Read books, watch ted talks, enrol in online courses and listen to great podcasts (like the mind to lead 😊)
With so much fantastic information out there learning a new skill has never been easier.
In summary, confidence is defiantly a contributing factor to success.
The great news is it is a skill and can be developed.
With time and patience and working on yourself daily, you will develop courage which will lead to higher levels of confidence.
Remember, you are worthy and enough.
With health and happiness