So many of us have a habit of bringing ourselves down. Well, I say it’s time to build ourselves up. Here is a list I’ve put together of ten ways to boost your self confidence and get more out of life.
1. Take Risks. Do something that scares the crap out of you, something you’ve never done before. Jump out of a plane, travel to a foreign country, go to a party solo, or ride a roller coaster. Getting through an intimidating experience completely unharmed is liberating. When we overcome obstacles, we gain the confidence that we’ll be able to handle things when we face our next obstacle.
2. Make A Personal Brag List. Make a list of all the great things about you! We’re so used to putting a spotlight on all our screw ups, making a list of all the things we do right will balance things out. Jot down the positive things you’ve done, big or small. Whether you’ve just graduated college, scored a job promotion, or just rescued an animal, they all matter. Knowing that you’ve overcome big challenges is a great feeling.
3. Wear What You Love. Wear clothes and accessories that make you feel great. You don’t need to spend a fortune on them for them to look good on you.
4. Take Care Of Your Smile. Your smile can light up a room, but if it’s dull and yellow, it may not have the same effect. Take care of your teeth with good oral hygiene. Get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. If you’re looking for a quick way to whiten your smile, go to your dentist and get your teeth whitened. A whiter smile will leave you feeling instantly more confident.
5. Stand Tall. Your posture says a lot about your self confidence. Your body language can change the way you view yourself. When your body plays the role of being confident, your mind starts to follow.
6. Find A Good Role Model. If you don’t have very much self confidence, look around at your group of friends and find someone who does and mimic their behavior. You know the saying, “fake it till you make it”? That’s exactly what will happen if you act like your self-confident friend.
7. Remember What You’re Good At. Maybe you’re good with numbers, maybe you can make anyone and everyone laugh, all of us are good at something. When you start to feel your confidence slipping away, remember that you have a talent that others don’t.
8. Cut Yourself Some Slack. No one is perfect, we can’t be good at everything. It is rare that someone is good at everything. Instead of acknowledging every fault you make, acknowledge that there’s a learning curve to mastering a new skill. Shifting your thinking from “I’m awful at this” to “I’m learning” definitely pumps up your confidence.
9. Exercise. Taking thirty minutes out of your day to workout makes a big difference in how you feel. Do a quick workout in the morning before you get in the shower and you will start the day with an extra boost of confidence. Even in you don’t physically see the difference right away, your body will feel better and you will start to see results.
10. Look To Your Friends. Count on your friends for support when the going gets rough. A true friend will lend you an ear and help lift you up no matter how bad things are.
I hope these tips will be of use to you and remind you of what a great person you are. Remember not to sweat the small stuff.
Zane Schwarzlose writes for Matthew Boes MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina. Zane always tries to maintain good posture.