One time or another, we have all gone through a period where confidence in ourselves doesn’t come as easy. Low-confidence can be a result of many factors including: fear of the unknown, criticism, being unhappy with personal appearance, feeling unprepared, poor time-management, lack of knowledge or previous failures. The confidence we have in ourselves to perform roles and tasks can increase and decrease — some days we may feel more confident than others.
A lack of confidence can lead to a significant decline in daily performance, it is easy to let our mind get the best of us. Just like there are ways to improve the technical skills of a job or task, there are also many ways to help improve one’s self-confidence:
1. Prepare. Recognize what brings you down, make adjustments & be ready when the next time you feel a sense of self-doubt.
2. Practice. Do something each day to get you closer to where you want to be as an individual. Repetition is key in skill development & motor learning.
3. Progress. There is always something new to learn every day. Be open to new opportunities for growth and development.
4. Positive. Keep a good head on your shoulders and surround yourself with supportive mentors and friends who will help guide you.
Do something each day to take you a step closer to where you see yourself individually or professionally. Some days we succeed more than others, but regardless, these small reminders will help keep my self-confidence in check. In order for others to believe in you and your abilities, you must first demonstrate a confidence that you believe in yourself!