Would you believe that improving your confidence and self image is really easy. You know people have some great techniques on how you can do it, but you may not be up to the challenge for whatever reason. However, you know that you need it for your own sanity and benefit.
Ask yourself the question as you’re thinking about what you need to do in order to improve your situation, “How would the person that I would like to be, go about performing the things that I am in need of doing.” Can you see this person that you want to be. We all have a vision of who we want to be and it is usually someone that we already are, but we’re stuck some how believing it can be so.
Have you ever been your other person and wonder how you did it. It was as if you were not yourself, but really you were. It’s just you got out of your head. You were so engrossed in the activities at hand that you couldn’t think about what others were thinking about you. It’s as if you were in ‘the zone’ where nothing else matters but that moment. Why can’t it be that way all the time? I think it’s that dreaded comfort zone, it sometimes can help us keep ourselves stuck in stupid.
I recently read a phrase on a law office marquee that read something like this, “You may try and fail, but don’t fail because you were too afraid to try.” I love that. It really sums things up quite nicely, wouldn’t you say? Let’s check out some tips on how to improve confidence and self image, shall we?
7 Easy Tips To Improve Confidence And Self Image
- The most important tip is to stop the negative self talk. You have to identify it when the negative speak occurs and then consciously shut it down. Put it out of your head, just let go and enjoy the present moment.
- Get out of your head. This is when its a good idea to have a distraction. For example, take a break by going for a short walk, calling a friend, or performing a task that requires a good amount of focus.
- Stop comparing yourself to other people. It’s important to be your own person instead of playing the envy game and wishing you were someone else. You have to keep in mind that if you had the characteristics or possessions of someone else, it doesn’t mean that you will be happy. The reality is that you are living an illusion that may never come true. So, be yourself.
- Find positive affirmations that you like or that address the particular issue you have. Read them anytime you start feeling less than.
- Take your favorite affirmations and tape them in an area you frequent at home. And you could also place them on your desk at work.
- Coach and mentor yourself. Be your own cheerleader. When you make a good decision or perform an action that gives you a mental or physical boost, pat yourself on the back and bask in your accomplishment.
- Give yourself some positive inner sunshine. It’s okay to talk to yourself if you are complimenting you. Because as you go through your day and talk positive about yourself, the feeling from this little exercise can last as long as you like!
The video below is a really great video that talks about self confidence. It explains perseverance and the fact that it’s not about how good you are in doing something, but if you have confidence to perform or complete tasks.
As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Ivan Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility?
In Dr. Joseph’s TEDx Talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives. Take a look, the video is a little over 13 minutes long.