Self confidence is the difference between feeling unstoppable and feeling scared out of your wits. Your perception of yourself has an enormous impact on how others perceive you.

Perception is reality;
the more self confidence you have, the more likely it is you’ll succeed.

Although many of the factors affecting self confidence are beyond your control, there are a number of things you can consciously do to build self confidence. By using these 10 simple strategies you can get that mental edge you need to reach your true potential.

To Build Self Confidence

1. Dress Sharp

Although clothes don’t make the man, they certainly affect the way he feels about himself. No one is more conscious of your physical appearance than you are. When you don’t look good, it changes the way you carry yourself and interact with others.

Use this to your advantage by taking care of your personal appearance. In most cases, you can make a significant improvement just by spending a few minutes more in the bathroom each day making sure you look sharp before wearing clean pressed clothes and when it comes to buying new cloths go for those classy styles that stand the test of time.

This doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot on clothes. One great rule to follow is rather than buying a bunch of cheap clothes, buy half as many but buy high quality items. In the long run this decreases spending because expensive clothes wear out less easily and stay in style longer than cheap clothes. Buying less also helps reduce the clutter in your closet.

2. Walk Faster

One of the easiest ways to tell how a person feels about themselves is to simply see how they walk. Do they look slow, tired, painful or without purpose? Or are they energetic and purposeful? People with confidence, walk quickly. They have places to go, people to see, and important work to do. Even if you aren’t in a hurry, you can increase your self confidence by simply putting some pep in your step. Walking 25% faster will make to you look and feel more confident and purposeful.

3. Great Posture

Similarly, the way a person carries themselves tells a story. People with slumped shoulders and lethargic movements display a lack of self confidence. They aren’t enthusiastic about what they’re doing and they don’t consider themselves important. By practicing good posture, you’ll automatically feel more confident. Stand up straight, keep your head up, and make eye contact with the people you talk too. You’ll make a positive impression on others and instantly feel more alert and empowered.

4. Personal Commercial

One of the best ways to build confidence is to listen on a regular basis to an inspirational motivation speaker. Unfortunately, opportunities to listen to a great speaker are few and far between. You can fill this need by creating a personal commercial. Write a 30-60 second speech that highlights your strengths and goals. Then recite it in front of the mirror aloud (or inside your head if you prefer) whenever you need a confidence boost.

5. Gratitude

When you focus too much on what you want, the mind creates reasons why you can’t have it. This leads you to dwell on your weaknesses. The best way to avoid this is consciously focusing on how grateful you are for all of the positive things in life perhaps you have a great family, good health, a wonderful pet or a partner or friends that always support you in what you do…

Attitude is everything and people like people who have a great attitude .

Set aside time each day to mentally list everything you have to be grateful for. Recall your past successes, unique skills, loving relationships, and positive momentum.

You’ll be amazed how much you have going for you and motivated to take that next step towards success.

6. Compliment other people

When we think negatively about ourselves, we often project that feeling on to others in the form of insults and gossip. To break this cycle of negativity, get in the habit of praising other people.

Refuse to engage in backstabbing gossip and make an effort to compliment those around you. In the process, you’ll become well liked and build self confidence. By looking for the best in others, you indirectly bring out the best in yourself.

7. Sit in the front row

In schools, offices, and public assemblies around the world, most people make straight for the back of the room so that they aren’t noticed.
This reflects and demonstrates a total lack of self confidence. By deciding to sit in the front row, you can get over this irrational fear and build your self confidence. You’ll also be more visible to the important people talking from the front of the room.

8. Speak up

During group discussions many people never speak up because they’re afraid that people will judge them for saying something stupid. Bizarrely this fear is rarely justified as the things your thinking are often the same as others.
Generally, people are much more accepting than we imagine. In fact most people are dealing with the exact same fears. By making an effort to speak up at least once in every group discussion, you’ll become a better public speaker, more confident in your own thoughts, and recognized as a leader by your peers.

9. Work out

Along the same lines as personal appearance, physical fitness has a huge effect on self confidence.
If you’re out of shape, you’ll feel insecure, unattractive, and less energetic.
By working out, you improve your physical appearance, energize yourself, and accomplish something positive. Having the discipline to work out not only makes you feel better, it creates positive momentum that you can build on the rest of the day.

10. Focus on contribution

Too often we get caught up in our own desires. We focus too much on ourselves and not enough on the needs of other people.
If you stop thinking about yourself and concentrate on the contribution you’re making to the rest of the world, you simply won’t have the time to worry as much about you own flaws. This will increase your self confidence and allow you to contribute real value to others, the more you contribute to the world the more you’ll be rewarded with self confidence and recognition and success.

Be Awesome…

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