Confidence is not something that comes easily to everyone. Contrary to popular belief, confidence is created. It is about more than simply believing in yourself. It is feeling something with complete certainty. You will ace this interview, you look great, this outfit looks as though it was made for you. It is knowing that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. And, getting into this mind-set is extraordinarily difficult.

The confidence you have within; radiates outward. It is important to note that even the most confident people doubt themselves, they are just better at hiding it. Bad days happen to everyone and the key to creating your confidence is knowing that you will handle every situation that comes up and you will be able to overcome it.

Importance of Confidence

Confidence can be used in every aspect of your daily life. Confidence can be used to build trust when you’re looking to advance your career. Additionally, it is crucial for those in business leadership positions; no one wants to believe in someone who doesn’t believe in themselves. Confidence allows you to connect with others and form crucial relationships. It also allows you to handle conflict situations and allows for personal growth.

The first step in learning to be more confident is being willing to change your mindset. Feeling as though you are failing can become an opportunity for growth. Thinking negatively won’t help your ability to be confident. You need to change the way you look at things happing around you. The great news is that you can change your perception of the world around you at any time. The way you see your situation can be changed, by simply changing the way you react to it. It’s not a failure, it’s a learning curve. It’s not a setback, it’s a change in direction.

Confidence principles

There are a number of key principles on which confidence is built. Nailing these will mean you come across as more confident. Here are a few of the most important confidence principals you can adopt

Body Language

The way you walk and talk says loads about you. Confidence will change the way you move and react to situations. It will change the way you greet people and how you talk to them. The thing about confidence is it’s subtle yet it speaks so loudly. When a confident person walks into a room, you notice them immediately. Changing little things every day can boost your confidence. Sit upright, walk with purpose, shake hands firmly, and look a person in the eye when you talk to them.

Positivity

Confidence and positivity just flow; they work together. Confidence would be nothing without the positivity to back it up. Think of it this way, when you’re positive about something, the confidence to pull it off follows. Whether the task is small or big, focus on what can go right, instead of what could go wrong. An easy way to do this is by substituting negative words in your life with positive ones; I can’t with I can.

Confidence is something we all need to constantly work on, I’m not saying it will be easy, it never is but it will be worth it. Join me on a journey of self-discovery, self-love, and self-confidence. Email judy@empowerviaself.co.za for more information.

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