It is a beautiful sentiment to think that no matter what we will always be sure of ourselves, our dreams, and our ideas. Unfortunately, no matter how successful, beautiful, or accomplished someone is there always remains a small amount of fear of not being quite “enough” for a lack of better words.
Naturally, there were moments where I didn’t feel confident in myself, my dreams, and my worth whether it was in myself or my ideas. The fear of being unsuccessful, taking a risk and failing, or not being or creating what others enjoyed held me back from going for what I wanted or being my true self. I had no desire to continue this cycle of doubt and lack of confidence, which left me with a decision to make. How do I create confidence in myself and my work?
I began practicing confidence, as bizarre is that is, everyday until I slowly began to believe in myself and my dreams. Realistically, what this looks like, for me at least, is practicing simple tasks each day that slowly builds confidence and self-esteem in yourself that will last and continuously evolve and grow throughout your life.
Here are 5 ways to feel more confident:
Dress for the Job You Want.
We’ve all heard it before, dress for the job you want, not the job you have, but does this still stand true? To me, yes. Jacqueline Whitmore, an etiquette expert says, “It may seem superficial, but clothing makes a statement about who you are and where you want to go.” Take time and put effort into putting your outfits together for the day. When you look good, professional, and polished, that is exactly how you feel.
Put Your Favorite Song On Blast and Let it Out.
Whether you’re in the car driving, blow drying your hair, channeling your inner Alicia Keys, or cooking dinner—don’t be afraid to show off your dance moves or belt out your favorite lyrics. You might laugh out loud at yourself, but I guarantee you that you will crack a smile, and when that song ends you are going to feel on top of the world.
Find a Way to Sweat.
You don’t have to runa marathon or start doing CrossFit, but find something that makes you break a sweat—and stick with it. Working out is an excellent way to become comfortable and more confident with your body. Plus, the psychological and health benefits of working out are endless. People say getting started is always the hardest part. But once you get used to pushing yourself, you’ll slowly realize how addicting working out can be—and you’ll be hooked before you know it!
Keep your head held high, shoulders back, and stand as tall as you can. Whenever I remind myself of these small cues I feel so much more confident and sure of myself. This is one of the more simple day-to-day practices on this list, but one of the most important.
The Power of Positive Thinking.
It should go without being said, but what you put out into the Universe is what you receive. If you’re constantly talking down to yourself, doubting yourself, and just blatantly putting out negative thoughts, you’re only going to reap that negativity. Instead, put out what you want; talk positively, think positively, and act in a positive manner. You will slowly start to feel yourself feel more positive and confident in yourself, as you continue to practice in this positive manner.