Few things are more detrimental than low levels of self-confidence. When you aren’t confident in yourself, you don’t take risks, don’t enjoy life and usually end up stuck in places you don’t want to be. Low self-confidence often lies beneath the surface, sabotaging you in ways you aren’t aware of.
On the flip side, high levels of self-confidence can produce exponential results in your life. When you believe in yourself and your abilities, you take smart risks, achieve important goals and develop meaningful relationships with those around you.
Take care of your appearance
Obviously, yet perhaps most importantly, it’s essential to take care of your appearance. Shower and shave on a regular basis without being obsessed; take time everyday to make yourself presentable to the world.
These simple, small actions can have a dramatic effect on your levels of self-confidence. Neglecting your personal appearance also has an exponentially negative effect on your self-confidence. Always looking like you just rolled out of bed after working the graveyard shift will make you feel like you just rolled out of bed and kill your productivity.
Take care of how you dress
Similar to the above point, dressing nicely improves how you feel about yourself. We don’t necessarily believe in the mantra of dressing for success, but there certainly is value in dressing with care.
This doesn’t mean you need to spend thousands of dollars on an outfit, it simply means that you wear things that make you feel good about yourself and ready to tackle your goals. As Jerry Seinfeld said, wearing sweatpants everyday is a sign that you’ve given up on life. Don’t give up on life.
Pinpoint your gifts, strengths and talents
Those who lack self-confidence tend to focus on and obsess over their weaknesses and failings. One way to improve the way you feel about yourself is to spend some time identifying the ways God has gifted you.
• What are you good at?
• What have you done that has resulted in success?
• What subjects did you succeed in at school?
• What have people told you that you’re good at?
These things don’t need to be profound. Maybe you’re good at organization or with numbers and spreadsheets. Maybe you have a big capacity to help those in need or the ability to plan effectively for the future. These are all gifts and you should spend time focusing on these rather than your weaknesses.
Develop the habit of gratitude
Many of the most high achieving people in the world have developed the habit of gratitude. When you practice gratitude it takes your mind off of things that tend to sap your self-confidence and puts your focus on all the good things in your life. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis will quickly begin to boost your self-confidence.
Take a few moments at the beginning or end of each day to write out three things you’re grateful for in a gratitude journal. Date each entry so that as time passes you can go back and see all the wonderful things that have happened to you. These points of gratitude don’t need to necessarily be profound. In fact, being grateful for small blessings is one of the cornerstones of joy.