The most successful people radiate self-confidence and inspire it in others. While it may seem like some people are born with it, the truth is, confidence is a skill that takes years of practice and nurturing to build.
Once you change yourself, your future is limitless. Here are three foolproof tips to help grow your self-esteem and confidence.
1. List Your Long-Term and Short-Term Goals
Type them out, record a video, pin them to your Twitter profile, and track your progress. Don’t make a massive list with tons of complicated objectives. Instead, start small with increments.
For example, if you want to lose 100 pounds, make your first goal a fraction of that and include steps such as going to the gym twice a week, walking at lunch daily, or replacing your afternoon soda with sparkling fruit-infused water.
By meeting various small, medium, and large goals, you can measure your success and use it show the world and yourself that you are amazing and nothing can slow you down.
2. Think Positive Thoughts
It may sound silly, but, you are your own worst enemy. Changing how you think can be a powerful self-esteem builder. Turn the negative inner thoughts into positive ones.
After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, how is someone going to have confidence in you? When people talk negatively about themselves, they are setting themselves up for failure.
What do you love about yourself? Build self-esteem by finding something every day that you love about yourself and saying it aloud in front of a mirror.
“I love my inquisitive, brown eyes.” or “I am a great [insert compliment here.] Go ahead, it’s okay.
You’re not selfish. You need to love yourself to have impenetrable confidence.
3. Live a Healthy Life
It’s hard to feel self-confident if you don’t feel good. Treat your body and mind well to help improve your self-confidence. Get enough sleep.
Most experts recommend between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Eat healthy—But, there’s nothing wrong with an ice cream binge or hot fudge sundae to indulge and treat yourself once-in-a-while.
Also, drink plenty of water while reducing your caffeine. While a cup of coffee or two in the morning is okay, too much caffeine can derail your diet, sleep, and confidence.
Most of all, get regular exercise. Even if all you have time for is an after-dinner walk, that 30-minutes count and will make you feel better in the end. You can also add some hand weights or pick up the pace for a little more of a workout.
Plus, if one of your goals is to reduce your weight, you’re building your confidence by completing these tasks.
Life throws you many ups and downs. There are going to be days where your confidence isn’t as high as you’d like and times you’ll feel like giving up because you missed a goal.
These are the moments when all of your work and nurturing will be put to the test. Remember, one, even two or three hundred mistakes don’t make you a failure.
Giving up and not continuing to try again is the only true way to fail in life. Self-confidence is about dodging the ups and downs and still getting up the next day to try again.