A Confidence Boost




”You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.”
Zig Ziglar

Confidence is not something that can be learned like a set of rules; confidence is a state of mind. Positive thinking, training, knowledge and talking to other people are all useful ways to help boost your confidence levels.

Confidence comes from feelings of well-being, acceptance of your body and mind (your self-esteem) and belief in your own ability, skills and experience. Confidence is an attribute that most people would like to possess.

Self confidence simply means having faith in yourself.

There are two sides to improving confidence. Although the ultimate aim is to feel more confident in yourself and your abilities it is also worth considering how you can appear more confident to other people.

Learning and research can help us to feel more confident about our ability to handle situations, roles and tasks. Knowing what to expect and how and why things are done will add to your awareness and usually make you feel more prepared and ultimately more confident.

Positive thought can be a very powerful way of improving confidence. If you believe that you can achieve something then you are likely to work hard to make sure you do if, however, you do not believe that you can accomplish a task then you are more likely to approach it half-heartedly and therefore be more likely to fail. The trick is convincing yourself that you can do something – with the right help, support, preparedness and knowledge.

As we successfully complete tasks and goals, our confidence that we can complete the same and similar tasks again increases. There is usually a correlation between confidence and calmness. If you feel confident about a task then you will likely feel calm about doing it. When you feel less confident you are more likely to be stressed or nervous.

Set yourself ‘confidence targets‘ that require you to step out of your comfort zone and do things that make you feel a degree of nervousness or apprehension.

Start a task or project that you’ve been putting off for a long time. Volunteer to give a presentation or make a speech. Or introduce yourself to somebody new. These are all potentially confidence-boosting. Think of some confidence targets that are right for you – then start with easier ones and build up.

”Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”
Theodore Roosevelt

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