A lack of confidence can make life much more difficult and stressful, as self-doubt creeps into every decision you make and every social situation you encounter.
But if you lack confidence now, it doesn’t have to stay that way forever. There are often some very practical ways to boost confidence levels and even some fairly quick fixes for common complaints.
Here’s our quick guide to ways to help boost confidence that will soon have you attending parties and business meetings with more of a swagger in your step.
Identify the problem
If there’s a specific source for your lack of confidence, make sure you recognise what it is.
On the outside, it might be a body image issue, such as concerns about your weight or physical fitness, hair loss or even feeling unconfident about your dress sense.
Make sure your body image is realistic – for example if you already have a healthy body mass index (BMI) you might not need to lose any weight – but there are plenty of safe and healthy options to change the way you look.
For thinning and balding hair, consider hair transplant solutions. High-profile celebrity hair transplants have made these much more familiar to people in general and the results can be striking.
A wardrobe makeover with the help of a stylist or personal shopper could help you to dress the part too, giving you coordinated outfits for different social situations and work environments.
Once you have the look you want, you can tackle any perceived flaws in your character. Self-improvement is something everybody can work on over the long term and it really can help.
You can focus on specifics, e.g. learning a new hobby in your free time like photography, painting or craft, or a skill that will help in your professional development.
Or, look at your personality and try to flesh it out either by learning a new language, travelling to a new location, or attending more networking events and speed dating sessions so you challenge yourself to interact more with strangers.
Be kind to yourself. Nobody is saying you need to change – but if you are not happy the way things are, changing your environment and circumstances could help you to see things in a different light in the future.
Fake it till you make it
Believe it or not, everybody suffers from self-doubt once in a while. The most ‘confident’ people around you are just better at overcoming it.
You can build your own self-confidence over time just by backing yourself. Trust your knowledge and experience and learn from unfamiliar situations.
Confidence comes from both within and without – so if you have a specific source of doubt, such as worries about your body image, see if there is a safe and sensible solution that could give you the outward look you need to feel more confident on the inside.
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