You may not think it’s possible to boost self-confidence in a meaningful way in just a few minutes, but there are actually quite a few fairly simple ways to achieve just that!
You can start making changes to boost your self-confidence today!
Change Your Posture
The way you walk, stand, or sit can actually have a huge impact on your confidence, so remember to stand up straight with your chin up.
If you’re a Grey’s Anatomy fan,, think of when the surgeons stand in a superhero pose before surgery. They do that to instill more confidence in themselves. And, if you’re NOT a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, you can watch the quick video below so you know what I’m talking about!Actually, no need to watch all of it.
Now, you don’t necessarily need to be quite that dramatic, but numerous studies have shown that a simple change in posture can make a big difference in how confident and empowered a person feels.
It’s also important to note that good posture is perceived by others as sign of success and confidence-which is an awesome bonus!
Blast Some Music
If you need a quick dose of self-confidence in the morning, try blasting some of your favorite music before leaving the house. I use this tactic a lot, whether it’s to keep my nerves in check to find the motivation to clean
Choose a song that will get your heart pumping. Music can be a very powerful thing, and it has the potential to make you feel much better about yourself. You might also want to think about listening to music on your headphones when you’re not at home, to maintain that sense of confidence as long as possible.
Start Working on Those Bad Habits
Another effective way to increase your self-confidence is to do your best to quit your bad habits. I know—this is much easier to say than to actually do. If you’d like some ideas, check out this article on creating positive habits.
Whether it’s smoking or procrastinating, quitting something you know is bad for you in one way or another can make you feel a lot better about yourself. One of the best ways to get more confidence is to challenge yourself, and that, my friend, means focusing on the hard stuff and changing your behavior.
Expand Your Learning: Listen to the following audio for a bit more guidance on breaking away from your negative habits.
Take a Look at Your Wardrobe
Now, I’m not necessarily talking about wearing the clothes that are trending at the moment. We’ve all worn clothes we feel really good in while we’re wearing them. They’re comfortable, they look awesome on us, and we feel kinda bad-ass in them, right?
The clothes you wear can make a huge difference when it comes to just how confident you feel on a daily basis. If you tend to wear clothes that are baggy or don’t fit quite right, hit the mall and reward yourself with a shopping trip, check out a consignment shop nearby or online, or dig deep in your closet and find some things you haven’t worn in a while. Find something something you feel awesome in!
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Bust Out of Your Comfort Zone
It’s also extremely important that you consistently take yourself out of your comfort zone. This is the only way to truly grow and develop a better version of yourself.
If you want to boost your self-confidence, you need to challenge yourself in some way. Every day, if possible. How you define your own personal comfort zone is, well, very personal. Maybe it means going out to a party when you may be more comfortable staying home, or perhaps it’s putting yourself out there and starting a conversation with that guy you see at Starbucks every day.
Think about what represents your comfort zone, and start moving outside that in small ways. There’s no need to jump in all at once. Small steps are more effective.
Yep, I know, it sounds goofy. But try it! Look in the mirror and compliment yourself out loud every single day. Think about at least one thing you really like about yourself, and say it.
It’s important to remind yourself of your good points, especially if you tend to get caught up in your faults and failures. This exercise—even though it feels odd at first– should give you a little boost in self-confidence each day. Do it!
Yes, I know, we hear this a lot. And, no, positive thinking won’t fill your life with unicorns and rainbows. BUT, your mentality and attitude has a huge impact on how confident you feel.
Try to think positively as much as possible throughout the day.. This means focusing on the thoughts in your head and building yourself up rather than tearing yourself down like so many of us do.
Tell your inner mean-girl to beat it. Then, focus on continually telling yourself that you are strong, and capable, and can accomplish whatever you want to. Because you can. Anything.
This takes practice and consistency, but there’s no room for doubt and hesitation when it comes to boosting your confidence.
We’re human. We ALL do stupid shit and regret it. Learn from your mistakes, and do your best not to dwell on them. You will always struggle with your self-confidence if you aren’t able to forgive yourself for your mistakes and failures.
None of us are perfect, and that’s okay. Our failures help us learn. This can be difficult, but it’s necessary that you really make an honest effort to forgive yourself.
Keep in mind that confidence is something that develops over time. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t immediately begin oozing confidence. If you follow these tips consistently, you should begin noticing a big boost in your self-confidence!
Share your thoughts: What’s your compliment for today? What do you really like about yourself?