Self-confidence, at its most simple, is believing in yourself in spite of day-to-day challenges. 💪
Self-Confidence Exists On A Spectrum
Like all personal qualities, it's possible to have too much or too little self-confidence.
❌ Low self-confidence looks like:
Behaving or acting based on what others think.
Staying with what is "safe" and familiar to avoid failure.
Covering up your mistakes.
Depending on others to validate your accomplishments.
❌ Overconfidence looks like:
Being stubborn and disregarding others' ideas.
Positioning yourself as better than others.
Placing blame on others for mistakes.
Bragging about your qualities and achievements.
✅ But you can find a happy medium!
Balance considering others' perspectives with your own.
Recognize and articulate your strengths.
Take risks and go the extra mile for better results.
Admit your mistakes and learn from them.
Benefits Of Self Confidence
By prioritizing your self-confidence, you'll also impact other parts of your life!
Better performance: When you feel confident you tend to put your best foot forward and have more energy for pushing to the best of your abilities.
Healthy relationships: Self-confidence gives you the strength to walk away from unhealthy relationships. Openness to trying new things: When you feel confident, you are willing to take more risks because you do not fear failure, but rather view it as a learning experience.
Resilience: Self-confidence enhances your ability to be resilient in the face of any challenge.
Amina misses out on a promotion at work because she was away due to a long illness. Her self-confidence is shaken. Which strategies should she follow to help build her confidence back up?
Build Your Self-Confidence
Stop comparing yourself to others: Save your energy and focus on your personal growth!
Surround yourself with positive people: They have the power to impact your thoughts and feelings towards yourself.
Take care of your physical and mental health: Self-care makes a big difference in how we feel about ourselves and feeds our energy level.
Practice positive self-talk: One of the quickest ways you can give yourself a confidence boost! Switch a negative statement for a positive one to have an instant impact.
Justina has a job interview and as she arrives she sees a former classmate who always came first in class. What can she do to build her self-confidence right in the moment?
Keep jumping those confidence challenges daily!
Developing self-confidence is a process. It takes time to build, develop and maintain. No matter how self-confident you are there will still be tough days.
Challenge yourself this week to:
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