Your perception of yourself has an enormous impact on how others perceive you. Perception is reality — the more self confidence you have, the more likely it is you’ll succeed. By using these 10 strategies you can get the mental edge you need to reach your potential.
Find something to celebrate every single day
Smile and laugh more. Our facial expressions influence our emotions as much as our emotions influence our facial expressions.
Each morning or evening think of at least five things you feel grateful for. Set aside time each day to mentally list everything you have to be grateful for. Recall your past successes, unique skills, loving relationships, and positive momentum. You’ll be amazed how much you have going for you and motivated to take that next step towards success.
Hit the gym. The physiological effects will leave you feeling great. Long-term exercise has been proven to increase brain power and even create new neurons in the brain. Go out and get a natural high off of your own brain chemistry through exercise!
- Eliminate negative thoughts
It’s often easy to get into negative self-talk mode. No-one ever got better at anything by beating themselves up. Talk to yourself kindly, and encouragingly, rather than being hard on yourself for making mistakes.
A positive mindset will help you learn more easily, which will boost confidence.
- Improve your posture
Our posture deeply influences our emotions. One of the easiest ways to boost your confidence is to sit up straight. People with slumped shoulders and lethargic movements display a lack of self confidence. But a straight spine, pulled back shoulders, and a raised chin truly does do something magical to your mood.
- Compliment other people
When we think negatively about ourselves, we often project that feeling on to others in the form of insults and gossip. To break this cycle of negativity, get in the habit of praising other people. Refuse to engage in backstabbing gossip and make an effort to compliment those around you. In the process, you’ll become well liked and build self confidence. By looking for the best in others, you indirectly bring out the best in yourself.
- Surround yourself with confident friends
You need to be around people who have your best interest at heart. So spend more time with the people who support and encourage you and less with those who undermine you.
- Focus on contribution
Too often we get caught up in our own desires. We focus too much on ourselves and not enough on the needs of other people. If you stop thinking about yourself and concentrate on the contribution you’re making to the rest of the world, you won’t worry as much about you own flaws. This will increase self confidence and allow you to contribute with maximum efficiency. The more you contribute to the world the more you’ll be rewarded with personal success and recognition.
- Dress Sharp
How we dress has a huge effect on how people see us. No one is more conscious of our physical appearance than we are and the way we dress also affects how we see ourselves. To boost your confidence, dress well. When we don’t look good, it changes the way we carry ourselves and interact with other people. Use this to your advantage by taking care of our personal appearance. Choose clothing that reflects who you are and the image you want to project, even if that means spending more time getting ready before you start your day.