Developing confidence is essential for succeeding in life; it helps people to take risks and think critically without worrying too much about being judged. It also helps to overcome obstacles and achieve high goals. Sometimes, I fail by comparing myself with others and their skills. For this reason, in this post, I reflect on ways I can improve my confidence:
Recognize my strengths and weaknesses: I need to remember that I am already valuable with the unique gifts and defects that I have. I can aim to progress in different areas continuously, but I should not obsess with perfection. It is important to identify my fortitudes but also to recognize my flaws. Not for blaming myself but for looking at them as areas that contribute to my personal growth.
Challenge me to talk more in public: Talking in public makes me feel very insecure. It makes me feel like all my defects are in the light spot. I become very conscious of everything I am saying, and I get in shock. Usually, I end up not giving the full message I wanted to provide initially. For this reason, I have decided that the only way to fix the problem is by exposing myself to more situations in which I pitch ideas in front of groups.
Walk with a good posture: This might sound irrelevant, but some time ago, I learned that our body language says a lot about ourselves. People can tell how confident a person is by the way he/she walks. Currently, I am trying to maintain a good posture during the day because it is better for my column. However, as crazy as it sounds, I do feel more confident when I stand up straightening my back and pulling my shoulders back. I feel taller and with more authority.
Keep having a healthy lifestyle: I think that the essential thing that I can do for developing my confidence is to keep making healthy choices every day. Doing exercise, meditating, having a good relationship with myself, and the people around me makes me feel happy and sturdy enough for conquering my dreams.
Building confidence is not a one time task; it is a work that we need to do through our life continuously. Once we achieve it, we can open more opportunities for ourselves, but we need to keep cultivating it, especially during the hard seasons.