This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo with tips on boosting confidence.
Today we want to share with you a few tips on how to boost your confidence. Below, you will find different ways to improve your self-esteem.
Ways to Boost Your Confidence
Surround yourself with the right people
In order to be confident, to have a good sense of self-esteem and trust in yourself, it is important that you surround yourself with the right people.
Your friends and family should make you feel good about yourself. They should encourage you to be all that you are and support you in your choices. Friends and family should be there to listen to you when you are struggling and celebrate with you when you are winning. They are your safety blanket and your greatest cheerleaders.
If this does not sound like your support network, then you are going to need to make a few changes. If you suspect that your friendship is toxic it is time to walk away.
Get out and about
Travel broadens our horizons, it alters our perspectives and it helps us to see the world through the eyes of different people and different cultures. It stands to reason that as we can learn so much from it that it also boosts our confidence.
Travel to you can be on whatever scale you want it to be. You might want to take off around the world backpacking or to challenge yourself and enjoy new experiences. Perhaps, look to book a vacation with a friend and enjoy new adventures together. You might be more comfortable staying much closer to home and taking off on day trips to local towns, beaches, and hiking trails.
When you are traveling and getting out and about, having the freedom to do so is the real confidence booster here. You could use any network of public transport or you could look into using car title loans and buy yourself your own car, allowing you to take off whenever the urge takes you.
Learn something new
When you learn something new, you will acquire a new skill, you will enhance your creativity, you will improve your concentration levels and you will boost your confidence.
When you choose to take on a new experience, you alter your existing reality and perspective and you develop from the changes. Your confidence benefits because you have tried something fresh, you have believed in yourself and you have worked out how to do something differently or learned something that is completely new to you.
This learning experience could be anything that you choose. You might take up yoga, you might try an online course or perhaps you will attend a photography class. Think about something that you have always been drawn to, and then take the time to explore it further.
Take pride in yourself
Taking pride in yourself is an important step to boosting your confidence. You need to like the person that you are and accept the person that you are.
This will be a mixture of being comfortable with your conscience, carrying yourself in a friendly, considerate and kind manner and your own appearance.
Whilst we know that appearances can be shallow, this should not mean that we make no effort to take pride in how we look. We should present ourselves as we want others to see us as image is important. This does not mean having to have the latest designer clothing or be driving round in the best cars, but it should mean showing our best selves, our true and confident selves, to the world.
It can be difficult for us all to step outside our comfort zones, but challenging yourself is a good way to boost your confidence. You will amaze yourself by the things that you can achieve and you will learn to handle failure.
When we challenge ourselves, there is a chance that we might ‘fail’ and when handled well, that can also be good for your confidence. You will start to see that failure is simply learning lessons, and where others might perceive a failure, you will perceive it to be a new learning experience for yourself. Do not allow a fear of failure stop you from challenging yourself, remind yourself that you learn and grow from every experience.
What could be more powerful than kindness? Acts of kindness strengthen your connections with others and our planet, so make the effort to help someone, smile at someone and show kindness every day.
Along with the kindness that you have sent out into the world, your own soul will be nourished by it and you will find yourself feeling good about yourself which in turn will increase your self-confidence.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.