At some point or other, we all have moments when our self-confidence is low. It can occur when we are interviewing for a new job, spending time with people we don’t know well, being called upon to answer a question in class, speaking in front of a group of people, going on a date, singing in front of people, etc.
Don’t hate yourself for those moments when your self-confidence is low. It’s normal to have those experiences. But now, let’s work on minimizing those occurrences.
There are things you can do to help boost your self-confidence.
-Put on a beautiful outfit you love and looks great on you. Style your hair and apply a little makeup. This can lift your mood and enthusiasm almost immediately.
-Try to get adequate sleep every night. If you are constantly sleep deprived, you can ruin your health as well as your self-confidence.
-When you are around other people, or just out and about in public, always put a little smile on your face. A smile can make you seem friendly and approachable. Strangers are more receptive to friendly looking people.
-Remind yourself every single day that you are smart and confident. Focus on positive things. Forget about the mistakes you made yesterday. Today is a new day with a new beginning.
-Set aside 30 minutes to an hour daily to read the news or to read a book. Having an awareness of what’s going on in the world and continuous learning can give us tremendous self-confidence.
-Don’t feel you have to know everything. One of the ways self-confidence comes through is by not being afraid to ask questions. If you don’t know something, it’s okay to admit to it and ask questions.
-Reading positive quotes can help improve your “self-talk.” And yes, we all engage in “self-talk.” Sometimes it’s negative and sometimes it’s positive. Start focusing on positive “self-talk.” The more positive things you focus on, the better you will start to feel about yourself.
-Read motivational quotes every single day.
Here are a few reminders/quotes that could help remove your negative “self-talk”:
“Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better.” Frank Spencer
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincent Peale
“Accept your past without regret. Go forward with confidence into your brighter future.” Unknown
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” J.M. Barrie
“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Avoid negative people at all costs. They are the greatest destroyers of self-confidence and self-esteem.” Brian Tracy
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” Peter T. McIntyre
“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” Jodi Picoult
“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” Dorothy M. Neddermeyer