Confidence is not something we are born with. It’s something you work for. Some people look like they have all the confidence in the world but I’m willing to bet a lot of money on the fact that they didn’t always feel confident.
Being a confident person is more than just looking confident or being extremely extroverted. Confidence requires knowledge of who you are and what your purpose is. It means you can keep going even if things get tough.
You know what? You don’t even have to feel confident to be confident! You may feel scared and small on the inside but nobody else will be able to tell because you are empowered and you can step out of that fear and into strength!
Today, I’m going to share with you 5 key practices that a confident person has that you can start practicing right here, right now.
1. A confident person tries new things. I’ve said this before but getting out of your comfort zone is so important for building your confidence. When we allow ourselves to live in fear of the unknown, we are telling ourselves we are powerless. Trying new things is like rewiring your brain to realize you can do scary things and you will survive and thrive afterwards!
Confidence hears the inner voice of fear or doubt but chooses to step out anyway.
2. A confident person has healthy friendships. Have you ever had a friendship that just felt toxic to you? Maybe there was a lot of negativity or the other person always tore you down. These kinds of friendships are unhealthy. If your life is filled with unhealthy friendships, you may not be stepping into your full potential.
Healthy friendships will build you up and support you. They will encourage you to step out and try new things because they know how important growth is.
A confident person can recognize when they need to step away from an unhealthy friendship and has the courage to do so.
3. A confident person appreciates others. When we are able to lift each other up in our successes, that is a true sign of confidence. Your success is not hindered by others success and to see that and genuinely cheer for others is a gift.
Show your confidence and inner excitement by supporting your friends and encouraging them to succeed.
4. A confident person focuses on the positive. Choosing to be positive while others may see negativity is also a gift. You may be having a bad day, but manifesting gratitude and looking for the silver lining will take you far. If you know what your goals are and believe that you will achieve them, even a bump in the road won’t stop you.
Being confident in where you are going means staying positive and believing what you know you will achieve.
5. A confident person takes initiative. Take control of your life and make choices that will get you to where you want to go. Your life is your responsibility so take action to control it and make it the best life possible.
Confidence tells you that you must accept responsibility and start taking action. Without action, it will be impossible to move forward into a life you love.
Connect the Dots
Take a look at this list again. Which of these 5 do you already practice? Which one needs the most work? This week, reflect on these 5 practices and choose 1 to start practicing immediately. Write it down on a piece of paper and hang it up somewhere to remind you of your commitment. If you feel fear taking over, look to your practices and remind yourself that confidence is a process, but it always starts with the first step.
Have you learned lessons about confidence that you’d like to share with others? Comment below and let us know what you found worked best! Let’s get the conversation starting!