5 Quick Strategies to Boost Your Self-Confidence
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Do you know someone who starts out in life each day with little or no confidence?
Malcolm S. Forbes says and believes, "Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are."
Long-term self-confidence does not happen overnight, you have to develop and work at it. Don’t sigh or lose hope just yet, there are a few proven strategies that you can employ right now that will boost your self-confidence quickly. Pull out your notepad, grab an ink pen, get a nice cold glass of ice water, read the rest of this article, take notes, and prepare yourself to soon celebrate the timeless boosters of new found self-confidence.
Groom yourself, and put on a fresh outfit.
Something instant and almost magical happens to a man’s or woman’s confidence when they clean and tighten up their image. When a man shaves his face, gets a nice haircut, and puts on a fresh outfit—step back and just watch his swag. When a woman gets a manicure, pedicure, her hair done, and puts on a fresh outfit—watch out and just watch the diva glide. This self-confidence booster starts with a decision and ends with self-love and appreciation.
Read and embrace a few positive thoughts, daily.
Positive thoughts or quotations can have significant impact on a person’s self-confidence and how they feel about themselves. Every morning when I get into my office, I log on and post a positive thought to my friends list on Facebook.com ( http://www.facebook.com/mruntietheknots ). Here are a few for you to enjoy and hopefully get a boost out of, too.
"It’s impossible," said the mind. "No one in your family has ever accomplished big things," said low self-esteem. "You’re going to fail," said logic. "Watch me achieve extraordinary success!" roared heart. ~ Ty Howard
Today is the best day of any day for you to blow the dust off of a dormant idea/project/goal that you were once driven to achieve—and begin the process again to make it happen! ~ Ty Howard
It’s in your follow-through where you ultimately prove what you can-do. ~ Ty Howard
The person who focuses to think towards new levels like never before will soon find him/her self creating and achieving on new levels like never before. ~ Ty Howard
This self-confidence booster starts with a decision and ends with you feeding and nurturing your mind in a positive and healthy way.
Help a friend, family member or total stranger to get through a challenging moment.
Nothing boosts a person’s self-confidence – quickly – than to genuinely help someone else to get through a challenging moment. You may assist a friend or family member by writing a resume for them or helping them to pay a bill. You may assist a total stranger by giving groceries or clothes for them or family. This self-confidence booster starts with a decision and ends with you feeling really good about yourself because you were there to help someone else in their time of need.
Talk to a positive person who knows and believes your best is yet to come.
There’s nothing like having that one person you know you can call on when you need to hear an encouraging word or to get support. It’s tough today to find one reliable and consistent person to talk to that will always be honest, straightforward and positive with you; even when they’re giving you constructive feedback for improvement. When you discover you have a reliable and consistent positive friend that you can talk to in your network—protect, appreciate and treat them like the golden goose that they are. You will know when they exist within your social circle... they know and believe that your best is yet to come, and will stop at nothing until you too see, believe, and make the best you happen. This self-confidence booster starts with a decision and remains ongoing—with you appreciating, thanking, and nurturing the positive relationship of your friend(s), daily.
Visualize and practice today for tomorrow’s success.
Visualizing and practicing for success is a definite self-confidence booster. If you’re a person who has trouble interviewing for a potential new job due to low self-confidence, try practicing with a family member or friend who’s a good communicator. Have them interview you; however, insist that they challenge you while doing so. You want them to challenge you, not break you or to trip you up, but to make you better and more confident as an interviewee. Before you meet up with your friend for a practice dry-run interview session, visualize and practice your interviewing skills the day before so that when you meet up with your friend/family member, it’s like you’ve already seen and experienced success.
If you’re a person who has trouble meeting new people and making new friends due to low self-confidence, try pushing yourself to get up and go out more. Go out to social events, cultural events, expos, trade shows, fairs, etc. Before you go though, visualize and practice the day before for tomorrow’s success. See yourself breaking the ice with confidence, small talk and a friendly smile. See yourself successfully meeting new people and making new friends through visualization and practice.
This self-confidence booster starts with a decision and ends with you meeting new people and making great new friends.
I conclude this article by leaving you with a heartfelt gift (a single thought) for you to ponder and embrace... Self-confidence isn’t everything; it’s just difficult to achieve anything meaningful without it.
About the Author: Ty Howard,
Mr. Untie the Knots®,
Freeing Maximal Business, Performance, and Human Potential Daily
Ty Howard is an internationally recognized authority on organizational and managerial practices that optimize employee performance and success. He is the creator and lead facilitator of the trademarked "Untie the Knots® Optimal Performance Process," and the author of Untie the Knots®: Improving Habits, Choices, People, Relationships, Performance and Results, as well as dozens of published articles on employee and organizational performance and development worldwide. For information on his programs and services, visit: http://www.tyhoward.com.
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