Being confident is a skill that will take you far in life. For some it is easier than others; the naturally timid and introverted will find it much more difficult to be confident than those who are more outgoing. However, everyone can learn how to be confident, and it is something that should be put at the top of your list of priorities if you feel you are lacking.
With confidence, you will be able to progress further in life, be more successful, and do much more than you imagined you would be able to.
Here are some ways you can add more confidence to your personality and become the person you were meant to be:
Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
No matter how confident you might be feeling, as soon as you compare yourself to others, your confidence levels can drop dramatically. Social media makes comparisons easier than ever before, but even without Facebook and Instagram, the images you see in magazines and the stories you hear on the news reports can reduce your confidence in yourself greatly.
The key is to realize that you are a unique individual and completely different to anyone else. So, it should make no difference at all what others are doing because it has no bearing on your own life. Just keep doing what you want to do and make a success of that and ignore everyone else.
Confidence isn’t just about what you do and what you know; it’s about how you feel as well. So, you must always feel comfortable no matter what you do. For some, that’s dressing the way they want to, whether that’s in jeans and a t-shirt, a three piece suit, or a wax gilet mens style with casual pants and a shirt. Of course, there will be times when you have to dress a certain way – for a meeting or interview perhaps – but wherever possible you should always choose comfort over style and fashion. If you can do both, that’s even better.
When you are comfortable, you won’t be focusing on your clothing and worrying about it. You won’t be constantly fiddling with your collar or tugging at your sleeve. You can set that issue to one side and concentrate on everything else going on around you, helping you to be confident and happy.
Acquire New Skills
The more you know and the more you can offer the world the more confident you will be. It makes sense, then, to learn new skills as often as you can. You might choose to do this in a formal setting such as at a college or evening class. Alternatively, you can sign up for an online class which means you can more easily study alongside your current workload.
Other means of learning include:
- Watching videos
- Attending talks and workshops
- Reaching out to experts
- Having a hobby
Learning new skills will give you the confidence to tackle any obstacle that comes your way, safe in the knowledge that you know exactly what to do.