We can often feel more confident in some circumstances and less confident in others. This level of trust can be influenced by past events and our memories of them.
Self-confidence is the power of confidence that we have over ourselves. Having self-confidence means being able to see yourself optimistically and focus on recognizing the positive capacities that each one possesses.
Self-confidence is a skill that develops over the years, but it is also related to the personality of each individual, as this ability is part of a personality trait.
Here is a list of 10 tips to trust yourself more.
Tips to increase self-confidence
1. See what you have already achieved
Sometimes it can be easy to focus on what you haven’t done, but focusing on what you have accomplished, be it big or small accomplishments, can help you gain a greater perspective on all your positive qualities and abilities.
Value what you have and be grateful for it. Think about all that you have accomplished and introspect daily.
A good way to recognize your achievements can be to take note of them. Write a list of all the things you have accomplished and are proud of.
2. Practice self-awareness
The self – awareness is a fundamental pillar in generating confidence in ourselves. This ability serves to get to know each other better; and is based on the analysis of our own thoughts and emotions. Such analysis gives us a perspective of what we are and what we want to achieve.
Self-knowledge can be achieved through the practice of Mindfulness : a heightened state of consciousness where the subject can observe their thoughts and emotions and analyze them objectively.
3. Accept yourself as you are
Instead of complaining about your weaknesses, you can try to find ways to improve your life and accept yourself as you are. You must treat yourself with love, value yourself and keep in mind that you are not perfect -because nobody is-, but you are a valuable being, worthy of being respected and deserving of love.
If you accept yourself with all your strengths and weaknesses, you will be taking a big step towards the path of self-confidence.
4. Keep your purposes clear
It is very important that you focus on your aspirations, understand where you want to go, what you want to achieve and do not deviate from your goals.
Having fixed purposes will help you fight for them and not stop until they are carried out, a fundamental part of cultivating self-confidence.
In order to increase self-confidence, it is extremely important to implement self-discipline. Thanks to this ability you can begin to change your behaviors and achieve your own goals.
You can propose a change of attitude and set goals to improve your intellectual and intra-person skills.
6. Think about your future
Take a few minutes a day to think about your short-term and long-term goals. Set achievable goals for yourself and take note of them. When you are clear about what you want to achieve in life, use it as motivation.
With this you will increase your self-esteem and your capacity for self-confidence.
7. Talk to other people
To maintain or build self-confidence, it is necessary to maintain ties with other people. Communication is one of the essential pillars to be able to trust oneself.
You can talk to people around you about how you feel, how you see yourself in life, and ask them how they see you. You can also have conversations with people who are related to your goals. By listening to other people’s challenges and accomplishments you can feel better about yourself and you can learn to find ways to overcome obstacles in your life.
8. Practice assertiveness
Adopt an assertive form of communication that shows confidence in yourself and learns to express your needs and your points of view in a direct and firm way, but at the same time, calm.
Being assertive will allow you to act out of your own interest and assert your rights and the rights of others.
9. Accept constructive criticism, not destructive
It is always good to accept constructive criticism, since it helps us to grow in various aspects. Let well-meaning criticism be welcome, but don’t let other people do the thinking for you.
Put aside negative and destructive criticism. Don’t let people with negative thoughts intrude into your life and make decisions for you.
10. Learn to control your negative thoughts
By realizing when a negative thought is invading you, you can take control over it. This control is based on the recognition of this thought and the impact it generates within you.
Negative thoughts can be very destructive if allowed, so you should try to change that thought, see the positive things and try to mold it so that it does not interfere with your goals.
Relationship between self-confidence and self-esteem
Although we sometimes tend to confuse them, self-esteem and self- confidence are two different concepts. Therefore, it is necessary to understand their roles when we seek to improve our personal skills.
When we speak of self-esteem, we refer to the value we attribute to ourselves and to our abilities. Self-esteem is about how we feel about ourselves in general; how much esteem, positive regard, security and self-esteem we possess. This skill is developed from past experiences and situations, which shape how we see and feel in the present.
Self-esteem begins to form from an early age. As children we begin to develop our self-esteem, which could be directly affected by upbringing and the environment. For example: a child who is not allowed to do things by himself, his positive actions are not valued and is not taken into account by his parents or other people in his family, may tend to have low self-esteem.
Having self-confidence helps us to see ourselves in a positive way , valuing our positives over the negatives. If we present a good control of our self-confidence we will be able to take our best capacities and squeeze them in a favorable and healthy way.
Usually those who suffer from low self-esteem are insecure people who tend to have a low level of self-confidence. Those who have high self-esteem may be people who have great control over their self-confidence, but there are also those who have a “false high self-esteem”, who are insecure people with a lack of self-confidence who try to fake their personality to demonstrate the opposite.
Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.