7 Effective Ways to Boost Self-Confidence

1. Dress to Express Your Style and Communicate Your Message

Indeed, there is SO much more to us than the way we look and dress. Although, how we dress greatly affects the way we feel whether we are aware of it or not! When we think we don’t think we look good, we often feel less confident. This dramatically impacts how we carry ourselves, how we act, how we feel about ourselves, and how we interact with other people.

 

2. Good Posture & Confident Body Language

Stand up straight, open up your chest and shoulders, breathe deeply, take up space, and focus ahead! Making small changes to your body language adds efficacy and validity to anything you are verbally or nonverbally communicating. Allow yourself to look and feel more powerful and confident. Need some power posing tips? Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy gives the full 411 on posing with confidence. 

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.

3. Develop an Attitude of Appreciation

As often as possible each day, reflect on delights that you are grateful for and acknowledge accomplishments no matter how big or small – relationships, successes, achievements, gifts, blessings, surprises -- anything and everything that brings you joy. When you take notice of how many things are going well for you, you will boost your confidence and create a positive momentum that allows you to create and experience more things that bring you joy.

 

4. Compliment Others

When we get into the habit of appreciating and complimenting others, we bring out the best both in ourselves and in other people. Giving authentic compliments pours powerful positivity into us that dramatically improves how we feel about ourselves and others. 

 

5. Speak Up

The more you speak up when you have something you want to share, especially in a group, the less afraid you’ll fear rejection and build confidence and conviction in your ideas. Even just taking that small first step will lower your anxiety and boost your confidence, as you had the courage to try! If you still feel shy, no worries! Practice makes perfect. 

 

6. Move Your Body & Flow Energy Through Exercise

When we are not getting enough exercise, we tend to feel sluggish, less confident, less energetic, and disappointed in ourselves. When we invest in exercise, we often feel more in control of how we look and how we act - this creates a positive, can-do momentum which overflows into the rest of day and all throughout life.

 

7. Focus on Others

Focusing too much on ourselves can trap us inside of our own head, holding us captive to negative self-talk and inner demons. Often when we turn our focus outward, our efficiency increases, and we are able to feel less self-conscious and more confident in each task at hand.

 

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at begin to change."

- Wayne Dyer