4 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence

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Whether you’re an athlete, a student, or someone in the business world, self-confidence is never a bad thing. It can increase your performance, encourage you to try new things, and allows you to experience life in a new light.

Believe it or not, the person in control of your self-confidence is you, and with these four easy tips, you can raise your self-esteem:

  • Repetition: Many people have heard of the 10,000-hour rule, suggesting that the time it takes to become an expert at something requires 10,000 hours of practice. Repetition and practice can greatly decrease nerves because this persistence past failures builds skill as well as confidence.
  • Self-talk: Thoughts influence actions. A person’s internal monologue has an enormous effect on how they live their life. Times of quiet during the day, such as when we’re showering or brushing our teeth, should be used for daily affirmations. Reassure yourself that you have the skills needed to succeed instead of plaguing your mind with negative possibilities. People around you will be quick to point out your mistakes, making it all the more important that you feel good about whom you are and what you do.
  • Support: Instead of attacking someone’s performance, highlight things that were done correctly. This concept can be applied to yourself and to those around you. Congratulate and reward good actions and results, while criticizing only when necessary.
  • Feedback: Interpret feedback with optimism. When you take critiques personally, it tends to pull down your overall spirit and hurts your confidence. Pay attention to the positive things that were said and use the negative comments as a way to do better next time.

These tips are easy to follow and applicable to everyone in virtually all situations. Try them out and watch yourself gain the confidence you’ve been hunting for.

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