The Importance of Building Confidence

One of the biggest obstacles I see with the people I work with is lack of self-confidence.  This is also something I’ve experienced myself in the past.  A lack of self-confidence can significantly affect anyone’s ability to perform at their full potential.  In this post, I’ll go through a couple of strategies that can help you improve your self confidence.

Before I go into some strategies to help you improve your self-confidence, I’d like to briefly go into what self-confidence is.  At it’s core, self-confidence is you believing that you are capable of doing something.  This can be specific to a particular task, or it can be in general.  Confident people often share common traits, such as being open to learning new things, recovering easily from setback and not being afraid to ask for help.

Now that we know a bit more about self-confidence, we can go into a few tips that can help you improve yours.  The first tip, and I’ve talked about this in previous posts, is setting goals.  One of the most important things is the ensure your goals are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.  This gives you the best chance of achiving that goal and making sure it is meaningful as well.  Another great thing about goals is they can be broken down into smaller goals.  This is important so as not to overwhelm you by trying to achieve something so big that it seems impossible.

The next tip is to celebrate your wins – no matter how small.  This includes celebrating when you achieve a goal, which is another reason why it’s important to break larger goals down into smaller ones.  The reason this is important is that it gives a motivational boost that will help keep you moving towards your next goal.

The final tip I’d like to share today centres around the use of positive language.  How do you feel when you say things like “I’m so disappointed in myself” or “other people are so much better at this than me”?  Not very good, is it?  Now say something like “I have many good qualities” or “I am good enough”.  That feels a lot better, doesn’t it?  Positive language is a great way to improve your self-confidence as it helps you feel better about yourself.

That was just a small sample of some of the things we cover in the confidence building course we offer.  If you’re interested in building your self-confidence, get in contact with us to find out how you can enrol in the next self-confidence course we’re running or do some one-on-one coaching to help you build your self-confidence.