“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”
~ Samuel Johnson
Like many other personality traits, confidence seems to be influenced by both nature and nurture. One could be born with the propensity to have more confidence, but then a few incidents occur in childhood that contribute to limiting beliefs and that confidence could slowly slip away. Conversely, one could be born with a predisposition towards shyness, but then a strong foundation, early praise, and successful ventures can lead them to be more confident.
No matter where you fall on the confidence scale, once in a while we all need some hacks and tips for boosting our self-worth.
I’ve put together some of the life hacks I use when I need a jolt of confidence. Check it out!
Here are 6 Ways to Build Your Confidence:
1) Hang out with people that make you feel good about you
My mother always told me, “You are the company you keep.” This has stuck with me throughout life. On the occasions that I’ve gone against that advice, I would find doubt creeping in and my confidence lacking. Make sure you surround yourself with people that love you, “get” you, and want only the best for you. Your friends are your cheerleaders in life, and if they don’t make you feel that way - then it’s time to move on.
2) Stand tall
Both literally and figuratively, stand tall and proud. It may sound so simple, but I find when my posture is on point, I naturally feel good about myself. Also, I remind myself daily of how grateful I am and all I’ve accomplished - I’m proud of myself! I can’t recommend highly enough to remind yourself daily of all you’ve attained in your life. From losing a few extra pounds to waking up earlier than usual to holding a door open for a stranger - praise anything, even the smallest endeavors.
3) Use affirmations
If you don’t already have affirmations in your life, this is a perfect time to start. Make sure to tailor them specifically to building confidence. You could even do this as maintenance or incorporate them into the affirmations you use daily. However you use them, they are a great way to change your mindset in every area of your life.
This seems to be on every list about everything, doesn’t it? ;-)
But that’s because there’s nothing but benefits when it comes to exercising. It gives you energy and releases endorphins and it’s the quickest way to boost your confidence. So whatever you can manage to fit into your life - even 20 minutes per day - it’s a surefire recipe to feel good about yourself.
5) Challenge yourself
I believe in forward movement - to always have a goal I’m moving toward. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just something. Challenging yourself, and rising to meet that challenge is a great way to feel good about yourself and add to your list of wins.
6) Be of service to others
I can’t add much to this except to say that I believe this is everyone’s purpose in life - to help each other, especially those in greater need than ourselves. There’s probably no better way to get outside of yourself than helping others, and when you’re not in your head - you’re not feeling bad about yourself :-)
These are just a few quick shortcuts to boosting confidence and getting rid of limiting beliefs.
I’d love to hear some of your tips and hacks for feeling and being your best self. Be sure to let me know in the comments.
If you want to dive deeper into your limiting beliefs, be sure to download my interactive book, “Never In Your Wildest Dreams” and start living the confident, fulfilled, purposeful life you’ve always wanted.
Until next time, stand tall!
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.