With self-confidence speaking in front of and with others is fun.
Self-confidence is defined as a belief in your own ability to do things and be successful.
It is important to your health and psychological well-being. A healthy level of self-confidence will help you become successful in your life.
“If you’re presenting yourself with confidence,
you can pull off pretty much everything”
Advantages of self-confidence
Having self-confidence can bring many advantages in your private and professional life.
The positive effects include among many others more:
More fun presenting yourself
If you have confidence in your body language, your voice, and the content of your presentation, you will have fun when speaking to your audience or new clients.
A better performance
Devote your energy to your efforts instead of worrying that you aren’t good or qualified enough for something. With worrying you already waste your energy and time and set the wrong intentions. You will see, when you feel confident, you’ll ultimately perform better.
How you feel about yourself makes you better understand the people around you. Having self-confidence impacts your own feelings and makes you aware of your own limits.
An openness to try new things
Your self-confidence goes hand in hand with your courage. The higher they are, the more you’re open to try something outside of your comfort zone.
Belief in oneself can improve resilience or the ability to bounce back from challenges or adversity in life.
Boost your self-confidence
There are a few things you can do to boost your self-confidence. No matter if you want to boost it in one specific area or in general – the following strategies will help you strengthen your self-confidence:
#1 Stop comparing yourself to others
Researchers found that people who compared themselves to others experienced envy. And the more envy they experienced, the worse they felt about themselves.
It’s way better to focus in your own little and big strengths and successes in life. Be grateful for your experiences.
You have your own pace and qualities, you are unique. Do not destroy your uniqueness by focusing on the lives of others.
#2 Be kind to yourself
The ability to relate to ourselves in a compassionate way is directly linked to our self-confidence.
When you are in a challenging situation, make a mistake, fail or have the impression of being imperfect, treat yourself with kindness – as if talking to a loved one, who experienced this. This will allow you to navigate those emotional experiences more easily.
#3 Practice positive self-talk
Challenge your pessimistic self-talk and reframe your thoughts into a more positive direction.
Your brain and subconscious mind believe everything you hear, read, say or think. All of it is true. So what do you want to “feed” it with?
The next time you think that you “can’t do it” or it is “too hard” or that you are “out of shape”, remind yourself that your thoughts might not always be right. With such pessimistic self-talk you are limiting your abilities ahead of time and lowering your self-confidence.
“I can’t do this” or “this is not possible for me” to a more positive “I just have to try” or “Yes , I can do this”.
“this is not (perfect/good) enough” to a more positive “it is already very good” or maybe “it’s good and just needs a little more input”.
“I am insecure when I speak in front of others” to a more positive “I know my content and am aware of my body and voice”.
#4 Surround yourself with positive people
The people you spend time with influence your thoughts and attitudes about yourself a lot. Pay attention to how others make you feel. Do they lift you up or drag you down?
If you feel bad about yourself after spending time with a particular person, consider how you can reduce your time with that person or perhaps say goodbye.
Surround yourself with people who love you, who want the best for you and who bring out the best in you.
#5 Take care of your body
Practice self-care and do something good for your body, mind and spirit.
Spoil yourself with eating well and fueling your body with healthy foods and drinks, exercising, relaxation or meditation and enough sleep.
When you feel comfortable in your own skin, it also strengthens your self-confidence.
#6 Face your fears
Try small things first and then bigger difficult things instead of putting them off.
Most of the time, being a little scared or failing at something isn’t as bad as you thought before.
Dare yourself, do some experiments, mess up or embarrass yourself and see what happens.
Every time you face one of your fears, you will boost your confidence. It sharpens your intuition and experience, which keeps you from taking a risk with big negative consequences.
Its pretty common for everyone to struggle with self-confidence issues every since and then. You should consider to seek professional help, if those issues begin to have a negative impact on your private or professional life.
When it comes to speaking with and presenting in front of others, with a healthy self-confidence and proper preparation, you can easily connect with your audience and have fun with them.
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Rock on 🤘 Christiane