If you’ve ever known people that seem to be at the top of their game, they most likely have one thing in common: they radiate confidence. Maybe they’re wrong from time to time, but they never stop believing in themselves and in their capacity to achieve greatness.

Most of us are not like that, but we should be if we plan to achieve our lifelong goals. Fortunately, it’s not hard to create a confident persona that not only convinces others of your abilities, but yourself too.

Building the Confidence to Achieve Your Dreams

#1: Spend an Extra 10 Minutes Getting Ready

If you want other people to believe that you’ve got it all, you have to believe in your own worth, which means taking time to improve the way you present yourself. Buy nice (but not necessarily expensive) clothes. What’s most important about your wardrobe is how it makes you feel — do you feel confident in that shirt? Does that dress make you feel like conquering the world?

Spend an extra ten minutes choosing your outfit, and we promise that you’ll walk out the front door with an extra boost of self-assurance. Eventually, the way you present yourself to others will be the way you begin to see yourself.

#2: Know What You Want

Confidence isn’t just about who you are — it’s about having conviction in who you want to be. When people have high goals and expectations for themselves, they naturally become confident in their day-to-day actions — because they have to get things done! Set high expectations for yourself, be decisive, and you’ll exude confidence naturally.

#3: Find Your Guide

There’s nothing wrong with seeking out a mentor to help you understand yourself and your path forward. Many of us fly by the seat of our pants, hoping that we’ll eventually get to where we need to go. The truth is, we all need help at various points in time, and a mentor that we trust can not only help us find our way, but can also help you see where you truly stand.

Confidence is more than just a feel-good emotion; confident people feel capable to go after new challenges and stretch themselves, while those who doubt their own abilities spiral downward into a repetitive cycle of mediocrity. In order to be successful, you’ll have to believe that you’re capable of success.

After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, who will?

Changing the Way You Feel About Yourself

Just by making a few changes, we can exude confidence, attract people to ourselves, and earn the respect of those around us — without major lifestyle changes.

The following micro-actions can help us to re-envision our self-concept and boost our self-confidence.

Changing Self-Confidence Begins with Our Thinking

No matter how depressing our disappointing our present picture of ourselves, it can only change through the power of our thoughts. Until we believe we are smart, funny, capable, or any number of positive things, it’s completely impossible. Fortunately, affirmations can help us to cement such thoughts into our minds.

An affirmation is a positive attribute or thought that we can repeat to ourselves to reinforce its truth.

Some examples of affirmations include:

  • ”I have all the knowledge and skill needed to excel in my chosen profession.”
  • ”I am a good conversationalist; others genuinely enjoy spending time with me.”
  • ”I am feeling more fit and energized with every mile.”

But It Doesn’t End There

In order to feel better about ourselves, we must do more than think more positively; we must use our thoughts to fuel positive change in our lives. If we think about it a bit, many of the disappointments we have about ourselves are related to the quality of our day-to-day life. Life can be improved everyday through higher quality nutrition, exercise, and service to others.

While nutrition and exercise enhance physical energy and mood, helping others has many positive benefits.

Whether it’s a “random act of kindness” or an organized event, volunteering provides:

  • An outlet for creative thinking and abilities
  • A sense of accomplishment, and
  • The opportunity to bond with other helpers.

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