Not even the most significant leaders can escape periods where they lack self confidence.
Your confidence isn’t a static quality but rather a mindset that, when the going gets rough, takes some effort to maintain. Self-confidence is something that can be learned, practised, and mastered just like all your other skills. When you can master it, your life will change for the better.
Here are six ways you can build your self-confidence.
No. 1 Act the Part: The one thing that can instantly demonstrate self-assuredness, or scream insecurity, is your body language. You always want to present yourself in ways that say that you are ready to master any situation. Looking confident and acting the part will allow you to feel more in control and people will be much more confident with you as well.
No. 2 Dress the Part: When you look better, you tend to feel better. Choosing clothing that fits well and suits your industry and lifestyle and that makes you feel good will automatically increase your self-esteem. You have to look like the part you want to play.
No. 4 Speak Assertively: Great speakers speak confidently, in a steady and rhythmic tone, rather than the flow being interrupted by the ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’. To build your confidence, adopt an assertive way of speaking that indicates your self-confidence. Avoid high-pitched, nervous chatter and giggles in your speech.
No. 5 Think and Act Positively: Positive energy will always lead to positive outcomes, so create a mindset that sets your mind to the can-do side of situations. Also, avoid the negative self-talk that can make you feel less confident. Always look for ways to smile, laugh, and surround yourself with positive people.
No.6 Take Action: There is more to being confident than merely dressing and acting the part. You have to take action. Inaction will breed doubt and fear while taking action will breed confidence and courage. When you practice being self-confident, you will soon find that it has become second nature.
No.7 Be Prepared: The more prepared you are for any given situation, the more confident you’ll feel about your competency and expertise. Being prepared will help you to avoid getting tripped up by life’s unexpected challenges. Learn everything you can about your industry, your goals, and what drives you to success.