Boost your confidence
When you are faced with a big challenge where potential failure seems to lurk at every corner, you have probably heard the same advice before: Be more confident.
What is confidence?
Take the belief that you are valuable, worthwhile and capable. Also known as self-esteem. Add in the optimism that comes when you are CERTAIN of your abilities.
- What you are born with. Such as your genes.
- How you are treated. Includes the social pressures of your environment.
- The part you have control over. The choices you make, the risk you take and how you think about in response to challenges and setbacks.
Improve your self-esteem
- Try a quick fix. There are a few tricks that can give you an immediate confidence boost in the short term. Picture your success when you . are beginning a difficult task. Something simple as listening to music with deep bass, it can promote feelings of power. You can try a powerful pose and giving yourself a pep talk.
- Believe in your ability to improve. If you are looking for a long-term change, consider the way you think about your abilities and talents. Do you think they are fixed at birth or that they can be developed? Like a muscles. These beliefs matter because they can influence how you cat when you are faced with setbacks. If you have a growth mindset, and think your abilities can improve, a challenge is an opportunity to learn and grow. Neuroscience supports the growth mindset. The connections in your brain do get stronger and grow with study and practice. Also on average, people with a growth-mindset are more successful, getting better grades and doing better when facing challenges.
- Practice failure. You are going to fail sometimes. Many times. Everyone does. J Rowling was rejected by 12 different publishers before one picked up Harry Potter. The Wright brothers built so many machines that failed at flight, before designing the airplane. Failures allow you to learn and try new strategies. Ask others for advice and persevere. Think of the challenge you are going to take on. Realize it is not going to be easy, accept that you will make mistakes. The excitement you feel knowing that no matter the result you will gain greater knowledge and understanding.. this is confidence.
Great video by TED Ed, lessons worth sharing.