10 Easy ways to Build Up Self ConfidenceSelf confidence is the most imperative thing any individual requires either at the start of his professional career or through his pursuit to nurture it. There is no myth about "First impression is the last impression". Is your mind clouded with questions like, How do I look like to other people? What others think about me?
People and their perceptions are the realities that every human faces every day and every minute of his/her life. Remember, at the same time your own perception about yourself reflects how others perceive you. Perception is like veracity — the more self confident you are, the more are chances of your success.
Self confidence is the difference between feeling inexorable and feeling anxious about your intellect. Sometimes we observe that wonderfully gifted personals have not harnessed the best out of them because of their internal fears. Even though many aspects regarding self confidence are out of your control, but you can consciously adopt a number of things to build self confidence.
Use the following strategies to get the mental edge you need to reach your prospective.
1. Look Presentable: Dress Sharp
First impression is the last impression is the down line. No matter how intelligent you are if you dress up lousily people lose interest in you. The moment your dress affects the way a person feels about himself. For example the morning you know you don't look good the feeling reflects in the way you carry yourself around all day. This also affects your interaction with other people. So be conscious about yourself and take care of your personal appearance to build up a good confidence level. Significant improvements can be made by following some simple routine:
• Bath and shave frequently
• Wear clean clothes
• Be cognizant of latest styles
• A great rule to follow is "spend twice as much, buy half as much". Rather than buying a bunch of cheap clothes buy half as many. Select high quality items. This will decrease your spending because expensive clothes have good quality so they do not wear out quickly and stay in style for long
2. Flowing the Energy the right way : Walk Fast
The next important thing is your how you carry yourself. Or how brisk and firm are you? People with confidence walk brisk so adopt this habit. Walking faster will make to you look and feel more important. This will keep you more alert physically and will double the energy level. Even if you are not in a hurry for a meeting or to catch a flight, you can increase your self confidence by putting some pep in your step.
3. Enhancing yourself with: Good Posture
The way a person carries him/herself tells a story. By practicing good posture, you will automatically feel confident. Stand up straight, keep your head up, and make eye contact People with slumped shoulders and lazy movements display a lack of interest and self confidence. They give the impression of being less enthusiastic and dull which in turn implies that they do not care about what is happening around and in their lives.
4. Personal Motivation
One of the best ways to build confidence is listening to a motivational speech. Write a 30-60 second speech which highlights your strengths and goals. Then recite it in front of the mirror aloud or inside your head for boosting your own confidence.
5. The Feeling of Gratitude
Your mind is like a machine which is needed to be controlled by you. When you focus too much on what you want your mind creates reasons why you cannot have it. This leads you to dwell on your weaknesses. Consciously focus on gratitude for what you are. Set aside time each day to mentally list everything you have to be grateful for. Do not let negativity invade your mind. Exclusive abilities, good relationships, and positive momentum are simple practices will amaze you and bring closer to success.
6. Become a Positive and Optimistic by complimenting other people
Get into the habit of praising people. It is observed that a negative person often transfers his/her negative feelings to others either by insult or gossip. Refuse to engage in backstabbing gossip and make an effort to compliment those around you. This will make you acceptable and well liked among your peers and colleagues which will build your self confidence. As by looking for the best in others, you indirectly bring out the best in yourself.
7. Avoid being an escapist: Sit in the front row
Around the world we see people striving to seat themselves at the back rows may it be schools, offices or public assemblies? Most people prefer the back seat because they are afraid of being noticed. This reflects lack of self confidence.. Sit in the front row, you can get over this irrational fear and build your self confidence. You will also be more visible to the important people talking from the front of the room.
8. Transform from an Introvert to an Extrovert: Speak up
During group discussions many people never speak up because they are afraid that people will judge them for saying something stupid. This fear is not really justified. Generally, people are much more accepting than we imagine. In fact most people are dealing with the exact same fears. By making an effort to speak up at least once in every group discussion you will become a better public speaker. You will instill more confidence in your thoughts and will be recognized as a leader by your peers.
9. Healthy mind dwells in a healthy body: Work out
Physical fitness has a huge effect on self confidence. If you are out of shape you will feel insecure, unattractive and less energetic. Start working out, this will improve your physical appearance; make you feel fresh. Working out not only makes you feel better, it creates positive momentum upon which you can build the rest of your day.
10. Focus on contribution
Many a times we get caught up in our own personal desires. We focus more on ourselves and neglect the needs of other people. Concentrate on contributing to the rest of the world you will worry less about you own flaws. You can start with a small charity. This will increase your self confidence and allow you to contribute with maximum efficiency. The more you contribute to the world the more you will be rewarded with personal success and recognition.