6 Easy Ways to Build Self-Confidence
By Sandy Schroeder
You may know how to win, but sometimes self-confidence can be a struggle. Just when you need it most, it lets you down. The secret to self-confidence may be adopting the right habits to make it automatic. Psychologists suggest trying the following habits.
Reverse your attitude – Instead of saying, “I can’t do that," instead ask, “How can I do that?” As you brainstorm the issue, you will be on a positive track generating lots of possibilities. One question leads to another answer with more solutions on the way.
Expand your comfort zone – Most of us do just fine in our comfort zones, but hesitate when we have to jump out to handle unexpected situations or solve tough problems. Whatever the challenge, step up and do what’s needed. Each time you do, leaving your comfort zone will be a little easier. You may find your comfort zone growing to make room for all of the new things you are doing.
Look the part – How you look can go a long way to boost your self-confidence. Try swimming, yoga or mat posture exercises to look your best. When you have meetings to run, or people to meet, stand tall and reach out with a smile. Your positive approach can make the difference, breaking the ice, and setting the tone for everything that follows.
Speak up – Speak clearly and calmly, maintaining volume and eye contact. Have a friend critique you to make sure you are not speaking too fast or in a monotone. Stay relaxed by concentrating on your message. Each time you speak before a group or with someone new it may become more comfortable.
Rephrase your material – It’s easy to get in a rut, using the same words over and over. Go back and look at your work and substitute new words or new phrases for ones that appear again and again. As you review your work you may be inspired to create new approaches or expand on your thoughts. Keep it direct and positive to connect with your audience.
Build on success - When you are hesitating, think about previous projects or presentations that scored. Consider what you did and try similar approaches.
If some of these habits help you build self-confidence, enjoy the process and keep going. Self-confidence is often contagious, creating all sorts of new options.
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