People with self-confidence are often found admirable and inspirational. Why is this? It is likely a combination of their ability to face their fears and take risks, their resilience to obstacles, their positivity and their satisfaction and respect for themselves. If you have low self-confidence, you may wonder what it would be like to have such confidence every day of the week. What you don’t realise is, you can have faith like that. It comes down to a simple question, if you don’t have confidence in yourself, how do you expect anybody else to have confidence in you?

“Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practised, and mastered–just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.” — Barrie Davenport.

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How to gain self-confidence:

Interacting with others

While it is challenging, sometimes it is vital to evaluate your inner circle and consider which people put you down or shred your confidence. Even taking a temporary break from a negative influence can hugely affect the way you view yourself and improve your confidence.

The power of positivity

Even if you aren’t feeling it, try and funnel some positivity into your interactions with others, and as a result, you will find that you are receiving positivity in response. Making small positive changes allows you to gain control instead of focussing on more significant issues that cause negativity and seem unapproachable.

Forget failure and rid yourself of negative voices in your head

You must allow yourself to believe that everything has a solution. This will improve your endurance and perseverance. Never give up. Never accept failure. Make these your new mantras. If you are constantly enforcing the idea that you aren’t good enough, you will create a self-fulfilling prophecy. You can become what you preach inside your head, so make sure you are filling yourself with positive affirmations, and in no time, this will repay you with a confidence boost.

Be prepared

When conquering something that has negatively impacted your self-confidence, make sure you are prepared. If you learn everything there is to know about your job or your next presentation; your preparation will give you the confidence because you can be safe in the knowledge that you have all you need to face your next challenge.

Whether we are successful or not, the biggest challenge to achieving our goals and creating more success is the belief that what we want to do is possible. Everything comes down to what we believe to be possible.

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