Self-confidence is freedom from doubt, faith in yourself and in your abilities, self esteem, and the inner conviction that you can go through any task or action. It is the mark of inner strength.
Developing self confidence is a must, if you wish to succeed in life. You can develop self confidence by developing concentration power, willpower and self discipline. You can also develop it by doing small things in your day-to-day life that strengthen it, such as making a small decision about any matter and following it, overcoming laziness, or trying to talk with someone that you feel a little shy of facing.
Self confidence is affected by how you think and believe people see you. The matter is that you are not inside their heads, so you don’t really know what they are thinking of you. If you have low self-esteem, you would probably believe and feel that they don’t have a high opinion of you, which will of course undermine your self confidence.
You see, it is all in your mind so why not believe and expect people to like and respect you? This will strengthen your self confidence. If you feel and visualize yourself as lacking self confidence you will behave accordingly, and people would treat you accordingly. If you see yourself in your mind’s eye as strong and assertive, you would broadcast this attitude to the people you meet, who would sense your inner strength and treat you accordingly.
Suggestions for developing self confidence:
- Wear clothes that you feel comfortable with.
- Keep your back straight.
- Speak up.
- Work up, walk, or engage yourself in any kind of sport.
- Become an expert in something you like.
- Never procrastinate.
- Don’t be shy to compliment people.
- Focus on what you are doing.
Self Esteem, Inner Strength and Self Confidence are interrelated; by developing one of them you strengthen and develop the others.