How to Build Self-Confidence
Self-confidence is the level of belief in your ability or skills to perform a given role or function. Disappointments, abuse, neglect, or physical or mental illness can diminish self-esteem, which in turn can affect your confidence in certain situations. Social anxiety erodes your sense of capability as well.
Fortunately, you can make simple choices to build your self-confidence.
Just as there are many ways to strengthen your body, there are ways you can increase your resolve by setting small goals, making healthier choices, nurturing your spirit, and finding support. Taking these steps will give you the power to:
- Get to know and accept yourself.
- Break free of self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviour patterns.
- Expand your knowledge, skills, and experiences.
- Become physically, mentally, and spiritually healthier.
- Deepen interpersonal relationships.
Spend Time with Yourself
Self-reflection is essential to understanding who you are and why you think the way you do. Set aside time to assess your strengths, weaknesses, and core values, and write down your insights. Dissect the challenges that threaten your self-confidence so that you can face them one step at a time.
What Is Self-Efficacy?
Self-efficacy refers to a person’s confidence in their ability to control their own beliefs, behaviour, and social environment.
Cut Out Self-Comparison
Comparing yourself to others, particularly on social media, can diminish your self-esteem and self-confidence, fostering anxiety and depression. It’s okay to acknowledge that you aren’t perfect, but keep in mind that nobody else is either.
Set Small Goals
Accomplishing goals increases your self-efficacy. Start by setting attainable but challenging goals, and give yourself an appropriate reward for reaching your goal.
Sometimes, we have deep-seated mental blocks that are hard to overcome on our own. I can teach you strategies to help you enhance your self-efficacy. I may also be able to help you uncover underlying issues such as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) that could be limiting your self-confidence.