Life throws many challenges at us from time to time. Many people have the strength to withstand them, but many struggle to survive. One of the main reasons people succeed in the game of life is self-confidence. Self-confidence is the key to fixing your mindset to tackle any problems. In this blog, we will discuss how self-confidence can help us and what you need to do to boost self-confidence.
How Can Self-confidence Help Us In Life?
Gaining self-confidence increases self-esteem. Having high self-esteem can prepare us to face any challenges in life. According to an article by Frontiers, a cross-sectional study was conducted with the students in a Vietnamese secondary school to check their low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. The study revealed that 19.4 % of students had low self-esteem. It concluded that anxiety, depression, and academic stress are directly linked with low self-esteem. Thus, it has been proven that for the overall well-being of a person, it is necessary for him to gain self-confidence or self-esteem.
According to the book “Learning, Remembering, Believing: Enhancing Human Performance” by the National Research Council, “Terms such as ‘self-confidence,’ ‘self-efficacy,’ ‘perceived ability,’ and ‘perceived competence’ have been used to describe a person’s perceived capability to accomplish a certain level of performance.” It also states that “self-confidence” is the belief in oneself to accomplish a specific task.
From the above points, we can certainly understand the impact increased self-confidence can have on our lives. Dr. TC North, Ph. D, an executive leadership coach from Colorado in one of his interviews gave us a vivid picture of the benefits of self-confidence. He emphasizes that the most important benefit of increased self-confidence is that it helps us manage stress in a better way. He further states that people with greater self-confidence make others feel their leadership vibration and even influence them. The author of the best-selling book “Fearless Leaders”, summarized that confident people can get more out of their lives and live satisfying ones.
5 Proven Ways to Boost Self-confidence
Focus on the good things in your life.
Life is not a bed of roses. Therefore, everyone’s life is a mix of both bitter and sweet experiences. By focusing more on the good things, we can elevate our mood. And when it becomes a habit, no setback can pull us down. So, instead of finding what is wrong in your life, identify the positive aspects of it. Besides, many times a difficult phase may turn out to have a silver lining. So, always try to find goodness in everything that happens in your life.
Look good and feel good
Have you ever felt euphoric after a new haircut? Or how do you really feel after a shave? Your self-image greatly influences how you see yourself and want others to see you. The better your appearance is, the more confident you feel. So, make sure to keep yourself groomed all the time. A new look, a new way of dressing, or applying makeup can make you feel confident.
Avoid all sorts of negativity
Dr. Tiffany Johnson of Healing Touch Chiropractic mentions in an article that negativity is one of the causes of stress. Stress can weaken you inside and even cause many ailments. So, it is important for you to avoid negative thoughts in order to gain self-confidence. Dr. Johnson also shows how the affirmation technique can help one get rid of negative thoughts. Affirmations bring images to our minds and repeating them can help us in a great way. You must also avoid people who bring out the worst in you or always talk negatively. Surrounding yourself with optimistic people can make you more confident about yourself.
Exercise has great benefits of increasing self-confidence in us. One of the best ways it helps us is by reducing stress. The release of feel-good endorphins improves our mood. Another way exercise helps us is by improving our brain function. Better memory and learning power eventually makes us feel confident about ourselves. Not to mention the good look workout can help you achieve.
Step out of your comfort zone
According to an article on practical ways to improve confidence by the New York Times, doing things that make you feel uncomfortable can boost self-confidence. An article by theguesthouseocala.com sheds more light on the subject. When you do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, it helps you learn more about yourself. Thus, it helps you to grow and build self-confidence in yourself.
Enhancing your mental well-being is one of the main factors in increased self-confidence. Physical fitness is another one. So, it is important for us to stop doubting our capabilities. Besides, setting goals for improving self-confidence and using your motivation to adopt healthy habits can ultimately help us gain self-confidence.