Self-confidence is important in life, as it can make you feel less stressed and more in control. We all want to stay positive and “carry on”. Life can throw some nasty curve balls your way, and the world can feel like a scary place.
Pandemics, masks, and social distancing. At the beginning of 2020, they would have sounded like words from an alien language. Luckily, humans are quick to adapt to new situations, but it is not always easy.
Personal Development and Self-Confidence
Self-confidence can boost your personal development. Learning new things and pushing yourself to greater heights takes a lot of self-confidence. Sometimes you are doing something you have never done before.
No wonder it can feel nerve-wracking at times.
But embracing the challenge and putting yourself out there will help you grow. Every time you do something new, your self-confidence will grow a little more. Before you know it, you can look back and see how you have progressed.
Here are some ideas to help you work on your self-confidence. You can prepare yourself to go for it. The quote from Arthur Ashe sums it up nicely.
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”Arthur Ashe
The Roller Coaster Ride
I have had moments in my life that have pushed me to the limit. I have even lost all of my self-confidence. But I dug deep within myself to change my life. I came back stronger and managed to find my self-confidence again.
Everybody can change how they feel.
Learning how to deal with these difficult situations is fantastic for your personal development. But when you are in the midst of a problem, it can take a toll on your confidence levels. You wonder if you will ever feel confident again.
Remember that nothing stays the same.
In 2 weeks, three months, six months, two years, you will be at a different point than you are now. If something rattles you and affects your confidence, don’t despair. You will get there. It might take time, but you will get there!
How To Stop The Negative Self-Talk
We all do it.
Next time you catch yourself directing a negative thought in your head at yourself, write it down. Every time you have one of these thoughts, write it down. Keep doing this for a week.
At the end of the week, look at all the negative thoughts that you have written down. Assess them and then write a new positive thought about yourself, for every single one. Then discard the negative list.
Next time, if one of the “old” negative thoughts decides to rear it’s ugly head, grab your positive list and read it.
Self-confidence is important and can help you have a calmer, stress-free life. Tie your self-confidence journey to your personal development, and it won’t feel so challenging.
Accept that your self-confidence can go up and down. It won’t stay like that forever. Counter any negative self-talk in your head with positive thoughts that will boost your confidence.[mc4wp_form id=”1365″]
Sally Leslie is a motivational coach and optimist. She helps freelancers and entrepreneurs create balance in their lives and work towards their personal and professional goals. Sally is also a B2B freelance writer for entrepreneurs, SMEs, and startups. A lover of plants, freedom, and football!