7 Ways To Improve Your Confidence Today

If you’re going after BIG things in training, sport or life – at some point, you will wonder if it’s possible. You won’t know for sure if you can, because you don’t have proof yet, and you’re not a fortune teller. The future and your potential is actually uncertain, none of us know exactly what’s possible. You will always have to work through uncertainty.  So, don’t allow your fears or concerns to impact your confidence.

Go forward anyways.

Focus on embodying both courage and curiosity, which are the characteristics that will benefit you the most. Set yourself up for success and do all that is in your control to be proud of how you go about it (whatever it is).

Remember, confidence is a desirable characteristic…arrogance is not. You can continue to work on your confidence by understanding what helps you feel like you’re capable. At times, you’ll feel like you’re ready to take on anything in your life. At other times, you’ll feel like you just aren’t getting much better at all and you’ll be less likely to take on challenges. Many variables in your life can impact your confidence.

My favorite definition is: Confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. This helps us realize that we must constantly practice appreciating ourselves and what we are capable of, which will help build our confidence.

Regardless of where you are in your journey, you can work on your confidence with these 7 tips

 

  1. Take great care of yourself. Get adequate sleep, quality nutrition and take care of the stresses in your life. Figure out which habits help you stay on track so that you can continue to make improvements in your health, wellness and fitness. Set up and use systems that help you stay accountable and committed to improving your sleep, nutrition, fitness and your ability to handle stress. 
  2. Use positive self-talk. Who is the one person that is going to be in your head in every situation for the rest of your life? You are. You can support, encourage, challenge and push yourself. Or you can doubt and limit yourself. Work on being patient, nice and encouraging to yourself. Build yourself up with your self-talk and focus on hopeful, strong, positive thoughts. 
  3. Practice gratitude by appreciating your abilities, qualities, environment, experiences, and support team. Being thankful changes your attitude. Plain and simple. No matter what is going on, or what is wrong, there is always something to be grateful and thankful for. You simply must train yourself to start thinking about the good, instead of the bad. You’ll feel much more confident if you can consistently practice thankfulness no matter what’s going on.
  4. Use strong body language. Pay attention to how you walk, the expressions on your face and where your eyes are focused. What is your body language suggesting about you? Often times we can use strong body language to help ourselves snap out of unhelpful thought patterns. If you’re going into an event or situation where you want to feel incredibly confident, then act confident and you’ll improve your chances. Practice keeping your shoulders back and down, your eyes forward, your face relaxed or with a smile and your breathing calm. 
  5. Overcome barriers and regularly face challenges. The more regularly you face things that are “uncomfortable” the more likely you’ll face them in the future. Seek challenge and try to regularly face things that you feel unsure about, scared of, or nervous to do. Embrace the opportunity to learn about yourself and try new things. The more regularly you can face discomfort, the more confidence you’ll have when you are feeling anxious, fearful or timid in important events, meetings, games, etc. 
  6. Spend time with people who lift you up. Relationships, and the support you receive can help you feel like you’re more able to accomplish what you want to in the gym and in your life.  Surround yourself with those that help you stay motivated, and remind you of your strengths.
  7. Prepare.  Prep your mind before you start. Remind yourself why you’re doing it, what you want out of it, and what you gotta do to perform well and enjoy yourself. This way your attention is on the variables that matter to you. If you don’t take the time to do this, you’ll find yourself feeling unfocused and unprepared which could affect your confidence.

You can continue to work on your confidence with any of these tips and practices, or with something else that helps you. Regularly appreciate yourself and your abilities and you’ll feel more at ease and ready to take on anything.

Don’t wait to have “full confidence” before you move forward, that process won’t work. Instead, dive in, try, fail, mess up, surprise yourself, build your strategies, lose, stumble, gain experience, learn all that you freaking can and KEEP GOING. As long as the path is aligned with your values and good for you, KEEP SHOWING UP FOR YOURSELF. Be growth-minded and keep practicing bold courage and insatiable curiosity, continuing to to become more GROUNDED and more of who you want to be.

Which of these do you want to work on? Comment with the top 3 that you’re going to put effort into.

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Dawn

I’m Dawn Fletcher, the owner of Driven Mind. I help driven-individuals perform better and achieve greatness in all that they do.

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