Self-confidence can be practised, learned and mastered like any other skill. Never forget you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But you need experiences to build and to gain confidence.
Some people are self motivated by their environment, others are trained, such as in the armed forces, others are motivated by set-backs and become determined to succeed.
Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or the fastest person, but sooner or later the person who wins is the one who thinks they can.
Five of the best self-confidence building tips
Accept new challenges. Grasp every opportunity even if you are not sure if you have the ability or confidence to succeed. Never decline a job because you are not sure if you can do it. How will you know until you try? Never be afraid to seize any sensible opportunity.
Think of your achievements and your desires. Think of the successes you have had in the past. Set new goals for the future.
Priority planning prevents poor performance. Successful achievements will help build your confidence.
Mentally rehearse before an event. Perhaps before you get out of bed in the morning.
Master new skills
Continually upgrade your skills and learn new ones, especially communication skills. Perform in public by joining a debating or Toastmasters club, a drama group, or a choir. Build your confidence.
Study, attend summer schools or take night classes. Internet study courses are well worthwhile to learn new skills. Work at your pace and make time for new activities and new skills.
Join up and try new tasks
Join clubs or worthwhile voluntary or sporting organisations. You can gain new skills outside your work by taking on responsibilities in social, service or sports clubs.
All organisations have meetings and use some form of parliamentary procedures with secretaries, minute takers, chairman etc. By joining clubs and organisations outside your work you can learn new skills and make use of them at work.
If you learn how to delegate jobs to others, can run a meeting and become a skilled communicator you will go far in your career.
Travelling will build your confidence
When travelling in strange countries you will be challenged into all sorts of unusual situations. You will see the world through new eyes and gain confidence in your own ability to cope with abnormal events after you return home. Meeting new people will help build your confidence and self-esteem.
Successes breed success and helps builds self-esteem. Concentrate on these five tips, they could help change your life.
If you have confidence in yourself other will too.
“When your confidence increases your competence increases.”
SOURCE: “Secrets for Success. This book could change your life”. First published by Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand and by Cengage Learning Asia. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com.