Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.
– Venus Williams
Productivity goes hand in hand with self confidence skills. When our confidence is high, we not only feel better about ourselves, but we are more energetic, happier and less exposed to anxiety or depression.
Let’s first dive into the meaning of self confidence.
Confidence can be defined as a belief that you are capable of excelling at anything you put your mind to.
When you have high confidence, you believe that you are capable of successfully completing tasks and projects.
I believe that self-confidence skills keep us motivated to go an extra mile in all aspects of life, be it work, family, and in our personal relationships but the lack of it sometimes leads to stress, and possibly an increased likelihood of depression to a point where you are not thriving in life.
Luckily, self-confidence skills are not something we are born with, but rather a learning process that needs practicing and boosting every day.
I needed to overcome my fear of failure in order to start this blog and for many years I thought I wasn’t ready for my thoughts to be read by other people, due to fear of being seen as vulnerable but I needed to work on boosting my self confidence skills and let go of fear in order to maximize my full potential.
Trying some of these actions to improve your ability and self-image can help in boosting your self-confidence, which in turn will increase your productivity and performance. Your mind is the limit.
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Great Tips On How To Develop Your Self Confidence Skills
I am sure you have read somewhere or heard about positive affirmations so many times.
I can not stress enough the importance of being positive and how it contributes to productivity.
My priority now more than ever is directing my life around positivity and self-love through positive affirmations. Sometimes you are all you got and if you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
It has to start within you, you have to choose to be happy, remain optimistic regardless of what life throws at you and having a willingness to do the necessary work to put your life back on track.
One way to build your self confidence skills is to start writing your positive affirmations on a note pad or sticky pad and placing them somewhere visible. It can be on your work desk, on your refrigerator doors , in the bathroom, by your bedside or even in your bible if its the first thing you read when you wake up in the morning
Examples of positive affirmations you can write:
- I promise to be my best self today
- I want to be a blessing to everyone I meet or talk to today
- If I made it through yesterday, then today will be better
- Take a deep Breathe, all will be fine
- I am smart, beautiful and have a lot to offer the world through my words and actions
- I am great at what I do
- I am committed to getting things done
- I am badass and creative
Embrace Failure & Pick Yourself Up
Failure in life is necessary and it can help in boosting confidence by using it as stepping stone to learn to let go of expectations of excellence and becoming comfortable with failure.
We all fail at many things every day, but if you have to be willing to learn and improve.
I think what happens to most of us that when we fail, we feel incompetent and get disappointed with ourselves and the situation. In the process, we loose our confidence.
One way to build your self- confidence skills is to look at failure as part of growth and maturity. It is crucial to understand why you failed and what you can change and do differently next time to avoid a similar situation.
Always ask yourself: “How can I use this lesson in a meaningful way to help me move forward in the right direction ?”
For example, You might have made some bad business decisions that cost you tons of money, instead of beating yourself up, maybe its time to set back and look at why you made certain decisions and what would have changed your judgment. Then, focus on finding ways of educating yourself not to make the same mistakes, different ways on how to be productive and creative so that you get to generate more income to cover up your losses.
It is also great to realize that running a successful business is tough. Therefore, you have to focus on what will move your business forward. Once you do this, the next bump in the road will not be hard to maneuver.
Tackling failures in a productive way is how you gain your self-confidence.
Having low self-esteem can sometimes lead to your question of whether you are the right person for the job. It will increase stress and lower your productivity.
However, according to some studies, people who engage in regular physical exercises perform better in their professions in terms of the quality and quantity of work.
This is why exercising is essential as a way of improving your self confidence skills.
Do you tend to feel healthier and more energized on the days you exercise? Because I do!! I feel good about how I look, resulting in me feeling more positive, confident, and having more self-esteem.
Including fitness in your daily routine is one of the most effective ways of improving your mental and physical well-being.
When you feel good inside and out, you will be more ready to voice your opinions in work meetings, less nervous when meeting new clients, and more prepared to start making boss moves.
Here is my challenge for you today if you are trying to work on your self confidence skills.
Choose a physical activity you love. It might be taking a walk outside, jogging, biking, or running on a treadmill at home. Do this for at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week. Let me know how you will feel at the end of the week. Do you feel more confident and productive?
Dress Up for The Occasion
Looking your best gives a chance to other people to treat you with respect. Potential clients usually associate standards of appearance with the quality of your work.
Currently, Zoom meetings are very popular since the majority of the workforce is now working from home.
Still, you should be dressing up in formal clothes each morning as though you are heading to the office, especially on days when you have scheduled important meetings.
If you’re unsure about what to wear for a zoom meeting, choose a simple dress shirt and casual jeans or pants. You want to give the impression that irrespective of where you are, there’s no difference in your work-ethic.
One in a while it is okay to stay in your pajamas but if you are working on your self confidence skills , I would advise you to dress up in a business casual outfits and have fun trying different looks.
On the other hand, if you have a business presentation , then dress for the part. Make sure your clothes are pressed and your outer look is professional.
The goal here is to maintain your professional image while still feeling comfortable in your home work space.
Dare Yourself To Try Something New Each Week
Resistance to trying new things is caused by fear. As human beings, we enjoy our routine behaviors because it creates a low risk environment and offers both mental and physical security for us. However, how can we be better and improve our lives if we keep doing the same thing over and over again?
To boost our Self Confidence we must be fearless.
Be creative and be willing to step of out comfort zones by starting with simple things like stopping to procrastinate and working on that one thing we kept pushing aside.
Improve your self confidence skills by trying something out of your comfort zone.
It might be trying different foods, visiting a place you have never been to or starting conversations with random people.
We are all on a journey to better our lives and It is possible to boost our self-confidence and motivation if we go about it the right way.
Let me know about your journey to improving your confidence. Would love to hear from you!
Reminder: Choose a physical activity you love. It might be taking a walk outside, jogging, biking, or running on a treadmill at home. Do this for at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week. Let me know how you will feel at the end of the week. Do you feel more confident and productive?