Confidence is an important factor in the life of a successful person. It can be hard to come by, but it’s worth holding on to! This blog post will help you learn more about self-assurance and how to get there.
- 1 What Is Confidence?
- 2 Types of Confidence
- 3 Benefits of Confidence
- 4 How To Build Confidence?
- 5 Conclusion
- 6 A Word From Mantra Care
What Is Confidence?
Confidence is a term that is thrown around frequently when it comes to relationships, self-esteem, and general life satisfaction. It’s easy for us to assume that everyone knows what confidence is but it can be a little tricky to pinpoint exactly how one goes about achieving this (especially if you lack the trait).
Confidence is essentially feeling like you are capable of doing something or being something that will ultimately lead towards the successful completion of the said task! You’ve got skills; now all you need to do is own them. No longer should they remain hidden (that includes your love handles!) as these qualities make up who we are as individuals.
Under Confidence means feeling like you’re not capable of doing something that will lead to a successful outcome. This may manifest as self-doubt, hesitation in making decisions, or feeling like an imposter around others who are seemingly more confident than you are. People with low confidence often feel they have nothing valuable to offer and so they shy away from opportunities both professional and social.
Overconfidence means feeling like you are capable of doing something that will lead to a less than successful outcome. This may manifest as bragging, being excessively aggressive in negotiations or interactions with others, or taking on more than you can handle. People who suffer from overconfidence often do not listen to feedback and dismiss the opinions of others which can ultimately lead to failure.
Types of Confidence
There are different kinds of confidence that can be developed which include:
Do you lack the strength to carry around groceries or struggle with opening jars? Think about how much easier it would be if you could improve your physical capabilities. If this is something you are concerned about, why not sign up for a yoga class! Yoga will help strengthen your core and increase flexibility, helping make daily tasks seem like nothing at all. There’s no better feeling than being able to conquer everyday obstacles without breaking a sweat!
Interpersonal confidence refers to our social selves in terms of interacting with others whether they’re friends, family members, acquaintances, etc. This kind of confidence goes well beyond just asking someone out on a date or speaking up in a meeting- it’s the ability to be genuine and authentic when we’re around others. People with interpersonal confidence know their worth and aren’t afraid to put themselves out there. Being able to make meaningful connections with those around us is what life is all about!
Self-esteem confidence has more to do with how we see ourselves as individuals. Do you like the person you see in the mirror? If not, don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone! A lot of people have trouble building constructive self-talk habits that ultimately raise their self-esteem levels. It takes time, practice, and patience but eventually those negative thoughts will start to dissipate (trust me). When our self-esteem is high, it radiates outwards and impacts all aspects of our lives.
Benefits of Confidence
There are many benefits of confidence. Confidence allows you to be yourself, and to be comfortable in your own skin. It helps you to feel happy and content with who you are, which leads to a more positive outlook on life. Confidence also enables you to take risks and seize opportunities, because you believe in yourself and your ability to succeed. There are mainly three categories of benefits;
- Health Benefits
- Emotional Benefits
- Social Benefits
Having high self-confidence means that you are more likely to be physically active. When we have a good body image, it can help motivate us to eat better and exercise regularly which has wonderful health benefits! High confidence also reduces the risk of heart disease by reducing stress levels which decrease blood pressure. Confident people don’t worry about what others think so they feel free to take on new challenges without fear of not being perfect at them right away. This increases their overall life satisfaction as well as energy levels!
There’s a reason why some people seem happier than others; happiness is correlated with higher degrees of self-esteem/self-worth. People who lack confidence tend to experience negative emotions more frequently which can lead to a snowball effect. Think about it- when something goes wrong, you’re more likely to get upset and let the problem affect other areas of your life as well (i.e. eating unhealthy food because “I don’t deserve anything better”). On the other hand, confident people are able to take things in stride and make decisions based on what’s best for themselves/others rather than how they feel at any given moment.
People with high confidence tend to be healthier emotionally by not letting their problems consume them!
The majority of our friends typically share similar interests or outlooks on life that we do ourselves so being around positive people tends to have a reciprocal impact on us as well! When we’re confident, it’s easier for us to attract others who have similar interests and eventually build strong relationships. We also feel more comfortable in social situations, leading to less anxiety and more fun!
How To Build Confidence?
Many of us feel like we are not good enough. We might feel that way because of things that have happened in our past, or it could be because we compare ourselves to others and find them more attractive, smarter, richer, etc. The truth is no one can make you feel better about yourself but YOU. You need to learn how to?
Building confidence takes time and effort but it’s definitely worth it in the end! By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a more confident person.
Here are some tips that can help:
Identify What Makes You Confident
The first step is to identify what makes you feel confident. It could be wearing a certain outfit, being around people who make you feel good, or doing something that makes you happy. Once you know what it is, try to do it more often.
Do Right Thing
You should always do what you know is right, even if other people aren’t going to like it. If someone says something mean about you or does something that hurts your feelings, don’t retaliate or sink to their level. Respond with kindness and understanding- they’re likely just dealing with their own confidence issues!
This is probably the most important thing you can do when it comes to building confidence. Don’t try to be someone you’re not, it will only lead to frustration and unhappiness on your part. Embrace your quirks and unique personality- there’s nobody else like you in the world so why try to be someone else?
Another great way to build confidence is by setting goals for yourself and then accomplishing them. When you achieve your goals, it feels amazing and boosts your self-esteem. Make sure your goals are realistic though so that you don’t get discouraged if they take longer than you expected to accomplish.
One of the best ways to build self-confidence is by taking risks. This could mean anything from trying new food to speaking up in a meeting at work. When we take risks, we’re putting ourselves out there and taking control of our lives. We learn that we can do things even if they might not go the way we want them to!
Everyone has something in their life that is going well or did well for us, whether it’s a good friend/family member who cheered you up when times were tough or just an accomplishment at work. Be grateful for what you have each day- this will help improve your self-esteem levels much faster than focusing on negatives only.
Do More of What You Love
Make a list of things that make you happy and try to spend more time doing those activities! Even if money or resources are limited, there’s always a way around the problem as long as we put our minds into finding one.
Have Faith in Yourself/Others
It takes time for us to let ourselves trust others but usually once we have faith in just one person, it makes it easier for us to trust more people (and eventually everyone). When we’re confident in our abilities, both personally and professionally- this impacts how successful we’ll be at whatever it is we’re striving for.
Try to be fearless. We tend to live a more fulfilling life when we don’t let fear or worry hold us back from trying new things. If you have an interest in something, go after it! Don’t be afraid of failure- everyone has failed at one point or another so the only way is up from there.
Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
Everyone is on a different journey in life and we all have our own strengths/weaknesses. Just because someone else seems successful doesn’t mean that’s how it will always be- if anything, this might inspire you to work harder! If something feels like too much or out of reach, for now, set small goals (i.e. “I’ll get there one day!”) instead of focusing only on what you don’t have yet.
Be Patient With Yourself
We can learn new things every single day but some lessons take longer than others depending on your age and experience. When it comes to confidence, don’t expect yourself to change overnight because that’s just not realistic. Just like anything else in life, practice makes perfect so keep at it and be proud of the little accomplishments you make each day.
Confidence is an important trait to possess, and it can be difficult for anyone at some point. However, if you want more confidence in your life then there are many ways that you can increase the amount of self-confidence that you have. Maybe a little bit of positive thinking or a new hobby might do the trick? Whatever it takes, these tips should help get you on track with building up your own personal power!
A Word From Mantra Care
Your mental health — your psychological, emotional, and social well-being — has an impact on every aspect of your life. Positive mental health essentially allows you to effectively deal with life’s everyday challenges.
At Mantra Care, we have a team of therapists who provide affordable online therapy to assist you with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship, OCD, LGBTQ, and PTSD. You can take our mental health test. You can also book a free therapy or download our free Android or iOS app.