Achieving your goals and dreams is a constant process. It requires dedication, persistence, vision, consistency, and confidence. Luckily each of these factors has the potential for improvement. If you’re lacking in any of these areas, you must actively put in the effort to improve upon them. Today, we’re offering six methods for you to boost your confidence. After reading this blog, you’ll have what it takes to feel more certain about yourself than you ever have before. Then, you’ll take that confidence and use it to conquer your goals!
First Method: End Comparisons
We’ll start with what might be the most important method of all: comparison. It’s very common to look at what other people are doing and compare your progress to theirs. Today, you’ll start paying attention to only your progress. Take a look at where you were yesterday, a week ago, a month ago, and a year ago. Consider what you’ve done to get yourself into your current position, then determine ways to improve that process. Ensure that every day is a step forward, not a pause or a step backward. Win each day!
Second Method: Start Small
Start with little accomplishments. It may not seem like much at first, but even completing small tasks will help you feel more confident. One chore that many successful people recommend is making your bed every morning. Sounds silly, but it works. It starts your day by completing a task that’s easy and quick. Doing a task like this first reminds you to care for and take pride in what’s yours. And what better way to boost your confidence than to be proud of the things you have?
Third Method: Find Positive Influences
Another great way to boost your confidence is to surround yourself with uplifting people. Get around folks who support, encourage, and love you. Find friends, leaders, and a team that feeds off of each other’s positive energy and seeks to achieve great things. Make connections with people who are ambitious and know that there’s room at the table for everyone. The more positive input you have from the people around you, the more confident you’ll feel about you.
Fourth Method: Set Attainable Goals
Set goals—realistic ones. When you set goals, think realistically about your current limitations. Ensure that your goals are reachable but still challenging. Don’t set a goal of making 10 new connections in a week, set a goal of making three good connections in a week. Quality over quantity. Setting realistic goals gives you direction. Reaching those goals gives you the feeling of accomplishment and the momentum to set a new (perhaps more challenging) goal. Seeing the progress of the goals you’ve reached will certainly boost your confidence.
Fifth Method: Accept Critiques
Learn to accept feedback and constructive critiques. Some people lose their confidence the minute that someone offers them feedback. Instead of taking a blow to your confidence when you’re given ways to improve, analyze your performance and adjust. If you were given a critique by someone whose opinion you value, then you know they just want to see you succeed. Take the critique and know that you have the strong work ethic required to implement the change and improve your performance!
If you’re someone who always gets offended, no matter who you’re talking to, it might be time to work on being less offended … no offense.
Sixth Method: Conquer Your Fears
Face your fears. We know it’s a lot to ask to face all of your fears at once. However, is it too much to ask to face at least one big fear a month? When you’re able to conquer a fear, you realize your true capabilities. You discover that your own mind and attitude are the only things able to hold you back. Once you’ve made that realization—nothing will hold you back.
Boost Your Confidence—Achieve Your Dreams
These six methods will give you a great head start on reaching your goals! If one method doesn’t seem to be working for you, move on to the next. You’re bound to find a method that will boost your confidence and help you realize, “Hey, I am pretty great! I’m capable of way more than I thought.” Trust the process and trust your vision!
While you’re building up your confidence, it’s normal to feel a little uncertain. Start finding security in uncertainty, it will help along your confidence-building journey.