People with high self-confidence have an unlimited amount of faith in their self and their abilities. This faith stems from an honest evaluation of the possibility of succeeding at a given activity. This evaluation is almost always followed by setting goals that are met or even exceeded.
In a beautiful cycle, more confidence leads to success which in turn leads to even more confidence. It is a win-win situation. People with high self-confidence look forward to learning new things. They are able to learn from constructive criticism and believe in their ability to achieve their goals.
Most importantly, people who do not suffer from low self confidence genuinely like themselves. However, the one pitfall of confidence is having too much of it. People who overestimate themselves or their abilites often end up failing because they are unprepared.
Overconfidence can make you appear like you look down on people and think you are better then them. Having an appropriate level of high self-confidence is a great and healthy thing and can be achieved by following a few simple tips.
1. Keep a daily journal
Any attempt at self-improvement must begin with an honest evaluation and a great way to do this is through the use of a daily journal. Jot down what you are currently working on and why it is important.
As you complete projects or tasks, write down the outcome. The great thing about the journal is that you can look back at your past accomplishments. This can be a great self confidence pick me up if you are feeling a little low.
2. Go with your strengths
After you have been writing in your journal for a few days, go back and read previous entries. You will begin to see patterns emerge. Your strengths and your weaknesses will both start to become apparent.
This gives you an excellent opportunity to recognize your strengths and put them to use in other aspects of your life. It will also give you the opportunity to begin an inventory of your weaknesses.
Some of the weaknesses will be honest weaknesses that you can do something about, while others will just be self-criticism. Try and improve the weaknesses you can and throw out the false ones.
3. Successes should be remembered
Use your journal to record successes. Even small successes, like losing those five extra pounds that have been hanging around since Christmas should be noted. Learning to be proud of yourself is an important component in having high self-confidence.
Be sure to read through your journal on a regular basis to remember your past successes. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishments.
4. Step out of the box
Don't be afraid to try new things. A new hobby or activity that has always interested you offers you the opportunity to expand your horizons. You will most likely find hidden talents and strengths you did not know you had.
Even if you find an activity that you are not particularly good at but that you enjoy, it will make you feel better about who you are and will raise your self-confidence level.
5. Learn something new
Realizing that you can still learn new things even though you may no longer be of school age should increase your self confidence in several ways. The increased knowledge should be useful in certain situations.
But also, now you know you can learn, you should know you can learn anything you need to know, so you no longer need to lack confidence in that area.
Having high self-confidence is a great way to be successful at life. Following these few simple tips is an excellent way to improve your self-confidence.