by Caitlin H,
June 12, 2023
Self-confidence is a strong, sometimes dark, sense of self-belief that leads to belief in yourself, your judgments, your abilities, and your identity.
The more confident you are, the faster you will be able to face life’s challenges, achieve your goals, and find positivity in your everyday life.
Sometimes confidence can elude us, whether it’s accomplishing a certain task or how we feel about ourselves. It is OK. If you struggle with self-confidence, you’re not alone. Experts estimate that approximately 85% of the world’s population experiences low self-esteemwhich can affect relationships, work performance, goal achievement, and more.
Fortunately, there are practical ways to boost your self-esteem and improve your overall confidence, which can go a long way in improving your personal and professional life. Read on to learn about 7 ways to boost your confidence.
Know that the only opinion that matters is yours
One thing many of us do is compare ourselves to others. This approach can run the gamut from looking at the sizes of friends on social media to feeling bad about not making as much money as someone else. Additionally, we often look to others to give us a sense of self-worth by seeking out compliments or taking criticism to heart.
Part of building your confidence is to stop looking for it externally. Instead of making comparisons between yourself and everyone else, make them only with yourself. For example, did you exercise five days this week, two days more than last week? That’s wonderful!
Focus on what you—and only you—are doing to improve each week. Let this be the source of your confidence boost.
Skip the negative self-talk
Do you ever make a mistake and call yourself an idiot in the process? Or maybe you look in the mirror and think, “I’m not thin enough. I’m not pretty enough. I’m not good enough.” Whatever negative self-talk you’re having, stop it! Believe it or not, we tend to be our own worst critics. Calling yourself names or putting yourself down in your head is the opposite way to build your confidence.
Instead of being so hard on yourself, think about what you would say to a friend who made the same mistake or struggled with something similar. Chances are you would be kind and supportive and maybe even get solutions. Give yourself the same kindness.
Choose positive people to be around you
While being kind to yourself is essential, surrounding yourself with positive, good people is another important step you can take to boost your confidence.
Focus on how you feel after spending time with friends and loved ones. If you walk away feeling happy and encouraged, great! These are the people you want to be around as often as possible. Alternatively, if you leave feeling disappointed or bad about yourself, stop to think about why. There’s a chance that someone who makes you feel this way all the time isn’t someone you should be around anymore.
Well, you made a mistake or two. Guess what? Every person does! Instead of beating yourself up about it or obsessing over what went wrong, admit you were wrong, think about (or write down) what happened, and then move on. Effectively forgiving yourself by analyzing the situation and dwelling on it now gives you confidence that it’s okay because you’ve learned from it.
Overcome your fears
Do you ever put things off because you’re afraid to face them? Welcome to the club! Avoiding specific tasks that you are anxious about is common. Unfortunately, they are unlikely to go away and will likely get worse the longer you put off dealing with them.
Try to handle them anyway, even if you have self-doubts. Remember, even if you make a mistake or things go wrong, you can learn from it by analyzing and forgiving yourself. Ultimately, just giving it a chance will improve your self-esteem.
Do what you love (and are good at!)
Just as you should try things you worry you can’t do well, you should also consistently do things you know you can. For example, are you good at a certain sport or game? Do it often!
Do you enjoy teaching others? Find a way to pursue that passion.
Whatever you love to do, do it. Your confidence will reach new heights when you build on previous strengths and regularly engage in these activities.
Make your health a priority
While it’s true that feeling good about yourself starts with your mental health, your physical health also matters. In fact, the two go hand in hand! When you practice self-care, such as eating right, prioritizing sleep, meditation, and exercise, you’ll quickly notice how much it improves your mood and confidence.
If you have a particularly hard time eating right, we can help! Diet-to-Go delivers healthy, balanced meals right to your door. They taste amazing and offer an ease of warmth and food that takes away the thought!
Ultimately, building your confidence comes down to constant practice. Take it one step at a time, build on your achievements, and you’ll quickly find that your esteem soars to new heights.
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about connecting with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key and people will have the most success losing weight if they engage in common sense healthy eating and fitness.