8 Things That Will Make You a More Confident Person

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8 Things That Will Make You a More Confident Person

It's difficult to be successful if you aren't confident. If you're always second guessing your ideas and stumbling through important conversations, you're going to have a hard time getting people to appreciate you. 

If you lack confidence, it is difficult to experience any kind of personal and professional growth because you will be less likely to try new things that are out of your comfort zone. You'll be responding to external stimuli and feel like your life is out of your control.

Let's take a look at a few things you can do to improve your confidence.

1.       Do some serious introspection.

 Confidence needs to be grounded in reality for it to be truly unshakeable. If you have some grandiose ideas about yourself that haven't been tested in the real world, you're setting yourself up for failure. Confidence is earned by ruthless self-examination and hard work.


Look at yourself and try to understand what your current strengths and weaknesses are. Don't go easy on yourself. If you identify some key weaknesses, you can start working on them. If you identify some things that you're really good at, you can use them as fuel when you're faced with criticism or failure.


2.       Start saying no more often.

 You have to establish clear boundaries for your time. Truly confident people don't allow needless obligations and wishy-washy opinions to waste their time. If you don't know something, just admit it. If you don't want to attend a party or a social gathering, just say no. Studies conducted at the University of California have proved that when you're comfortable with saying no, it's less likely that you will experience depression or stress.


3.       Mend fences with your superiors at work.

 It's tough to be a confident person if your bosses are trying to get in your way because of some conflict that you've had with them. Figure out what is plaguing the relationship and take steps to fix it. If you realize that there's nothing you can do to appease your boss, you're better off working for someone else. The term "managing up" has become more popular in corporate America so consider how to keep a cohesive work environment by utilizing some of the skill sets outlined by the Harvard Business Review.  


4.       Set yourself small challenges and work towards them.

 Setting small goals for yourself and achieving them is a great way to build confidence. Achieving a goal stimulates the reward mechanism of the brain, giving you motivation for seeking out additional challenges.

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5.       Find the right mentors.

There are few things that can compare to the positive influence that a good mentor can have on your life. Having someone you admire show you the ropes and then acknowledge your progress is a tremendous confidence booster.


6.       Exercise regularly.


Exercise has several benefits, both physical and mental. Researchers at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute conducted a study which demonstrated that people who exercise at least twice a week over a period of 10 weeks were much more confident in personal and professional situations. Make sure you adopt a regular exercise schedule if you're looking to be more confident.


7.       Dress well.


Your clothes have a massive impact on the way you are perceived by other people. If you're wearing clothes that fit you well, it will improve other people's opinion of you. Additionally, dressing well improves the way you feel about yourself. If you feel good about the way you look, you will be more confident in your interactions as you move through the world.


8.       Stick to your opinions.


Confident people are sure about their opinions without feeling like they need to get everyone else to see things their way. If you're suffering with low self-esteem, you're more likely to be unnecessarily aggressive with your opinions or change your stance depending on whom you're speaking to.


Being real about yourself is one of the best strategies to improve your confidence across the board. If you're honest about your abilities and constantly strive to challenge yourself, you will be surprised how quickly you can improve your self-image.


About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or BCarroll@pivot.com.

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