Contrary to what social media shows, confidence is a struggle for everybody at some point. Even the most impactful leaders deal with periods where they question themselves and their ability to handle life’s challenges.
Becoming your most confident self isn’t a “one and done” thing, it’s a process that has its ups and downs and takes effort to maintain. The confidence journey is something that has to be learned, practiced, and maintained just like any other life skill. Here are six practical tips you can turn to in your daily life for an instant confidence boost whenever you need it.
Act the Part
The one thing that can instantly demonstrate self-assuredness or scream insecurity is your body language. You always want to present yourself in ways that say that you are ready to master any situation. Looking confident and acting the part will allow you to feel more in control and people will be much more confident with you as well.
Dress the Part
When you look better, you tend to feel better. Choosing clothing that fits well and suits your industry and lifestyle and makes you feel good will automatically increase your self-esteem and help you feel more confident. You can also wear/carry a trinket that reminds you that you’re ready for whatever the situation brings.
Great speakers speak confidently, in a steady and rhythmic tone, and don’t have their flow interrupted by sounding unsure of themselves. To help boost your confidence, adopt an assertive way of speaking that shows you know what you’re talking about. Don’t phrase your statements like questions, speak in a resolute manner that makes it clear you should be listened to.
Think and Act Positively
Positive energy will always lead to positive outcomes, so create a mindset that sets your mind to the can-do side of situations. Also, avoid the negative self-talk that can make you feel less confident. Always look for ways to smile, laugh, and surround yourself with positive people.
Have you heard the phrase, “Fake it til you make it?” We don’t advocate for pretending anything, but sometimes you’ve gotta take that first step of faith before the confidence kicks in. Inaction creates doubt and fear while taking action leads confidence and courage.
The more prepared you are for any given situation, the more confident you’ll feel about your competency and expertise. Being prepared will help you to avoid getting tripped up by life’s unexpected challenges. Particularly if you’re in a new situation you’ll experience a bit of fear, so being prepared is a great antidote.
Apply these tips in those moments when you need an instant boost of confidence. Give yourself grace and find the right support and you’ll be on your way to discovering the confident woman who’s waiting to be unleashed.