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Self-confidence is crucial for any kind of performance. By being transparent and secure in worth, value, capability, and potential, conviction, determination, and resilience come easily together for the achievement of greater outcomes. Highly confident people tend to perform at the higher levels of their potential. They see challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow, and they are opened to embrace new situations convinced of their capabilities to manage through all different settings. They are positive.
High self-confidence requires a lifetime commitment to balance the fluctuations that may affect it. To better understand the way forward for its best performance, it is essential to make a clear distinction and adequately understand the difference and relationship between confidence and self-confidence.
According to the coach Stephen Gribben, confidence is an external thing that is driven by and respond to, events that occur externally such us results, outcomes, situations, conversations with other, the weather, compliments or peoples opinions among others. Self-confidence, conversely, is an internal thing that is built and maintained by inner thoughts, inner words, inner assessment, and self-awareness of all intentions and efforts.
Confidence fluctuates widely due to the external drivers that affect it, and it is not possible to control it fully although steps can be taken to manage it. When we receive a critic or find out we have been the object of gossip, confidence goes down. When we are promoted, confidence goes up.
Self-confidence also fluctuates but in a much more gradual and less dramatic way. Self-confidence is built brick by brick by everyday little actions that create a safe pavement much more difficult to be distorted by external conditions.
Positive mindset and successful behavior come from the proper balance and combination of both confidence and self-confidence creating a line where we are able to feel always good. With a healthy self-confidence as the base and platform, externally affected confidence will not drop beyond this “feeling-good” line neither make us lose our minds when positive external factors make confidence to experience a growing pick. A balance “feeling-good line” will help us to better understand that we are not the worst after criticism, neither the best after the promotion.
Some people are naturally prone to enjoy high levels of self-confidence making the whole process easier than for others. But no matter if you are a natural or a rough fighter against insecurity, there is a constant personal effort required to manage confidence, by retaining a healthy perspective on all the external stimulations that are encountered and to learn how to increase self-confidence, so the base and platform is stable and secure as to build upon it.
It is a perfect time to join the bright side by exercising these 10 habits proven to highly successful when boosting your self-confidence levels.
1. Focus on positive self- talk
In the research literature, both instructional and motivational self-talk has been shown to enhance performance. Positive self-talk is this personal mental conversation with a shiny and bright attitude towards your life and yourself. Positive-talk is not about creating a perfect and unmistakable vision of us but taking reality and make it look optimistic. By doing so in the proper way according to our own needs and psychology, we nurture a positive predisposition to boost the “good” to star always above the “feeling-good” line.
“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right” (Henry Ford).
2. Learn to positively compare yourself to others.
Highly self-aware people take the best version of themselves as the goal to be achieved.
However, according to the study of Marco K. Whittman on Self-Other Mergence in the Frontal Cortex during Cooperation and Competition, although people estimated their abilities on the basis of their own performance in a rational manner, their estimates of themselves are also partly merged with the performance of others. Social comparison is hardwired into our brains. As a natural process is meant to be good as far as other’s achievements and traces are positively emulated as a booster for our own betterment.
3. Focus on those things that you can change and control
Any other movement is a lack of energy and resources and just leads to frustration.
Thinking big is a must. But transformings dreams and wishes into successfully achieved goals requires to actively and wisely invest our strengths. It is essential to learn how to let it go when needed accepting what we can not impact and focusing on this that we can mold. Just believable and realistic goals are successful goals.
4. Do not strive for perfection
“The best is the enemy of the good”
Although it is not always well understood, there is a vast difference between striving for excellence and demanding perfection. Striving for excellence is the confident desire of free beings that perform actions with the aim of fully develop their inner talents and potential. Perfectionism is a trait that makes life an endless report card on accomplishments mainly focused on avoiding failure. Striving for excellence requires a focus on love while perfectionism is instead concentrated on self-love or fear.
5. Embrace your mistakes and learn from them
Yes! We all do bad. And whenever not intentionally, it is an unavoidable part of our ‘learning for better’ process. Be humble to accept that this can also happen to you. Be brave enough to say sorry. Be strong enough as to start over.
6. Enjoy small stuff
It is the beauty of the little things that makes the difference between a life and a well-enjoyed life. Children are happy by nature because they know how to play with sticks and why to follow the butterflies. Is with little things that you become more aware of the present instant and thou, thankful for all what it is.
7. Do things that you really enjoy
But do not get it wrong. Finding your passions and following them is nothing about immediate pleasure or irrationally following just the heart in our inner decision-making process. Intelligence choices are those ones that chose among good things that fit us better as they are based on our strengths and natural talents. To really enjoy what we do, we should do what it is right and in the right way. As beings striving for excellence, we enjoy what make as better. So, find all these that make your best and start doing a lot of it.
8. Do regular exercise
Speaking about personal development and exercising appears always as easily correlated. In the life path for individual growth, all available support is needed. And regular exercising makes the way much easier. With a positive physiological impact in your brain through toxins elimination, it helps both body and mind to keep in good shape.
9. Be helpful
Is by helping others that we develop great awareness of our own value and of those things that really matter. It goes further from a just feeling well as studies have found that helping others has tangible benefits, both mental and physical. And it goes beyond the act of volunteering. Altruism in many forms, from donating money to just random acts of kindness, have been shown to light up the same reward centers of the brain associated with food. Helping others is a natural high our brains are wired for and a handy way to comprehend our worth.
10. Surround yourself with positive people
Happiness and positivity are contagious. Negativity is an energy drainer and highly contagious too.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” says American entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn. Surround yourself with those people that make you better and commit to becoming the light for all those around you.
January 2, 2019 at 01:00PM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs