The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz is an old, but classic book that offers lots of good advice. One of the topics is about building confidence. A lack of confidence feeds our fears, and fear makes us run away from opportunities.
So, how can we build more confidence?
Schwartz puts it simply: we become more confident simply by acting confidently. Here are five other tips he mentions to boost confidence:
Sit in front. Many people choose to sit in the back of classrooms or meetings because they lack confidence. Next time, sit in front even if you are scared — this will build your confidence gradually.
Make eye contact. Looking at the opposite person in the eye shows them that you are honest, you know what you are doing, and you are not afraid.
Walk 25% faster. Interestingly, people who walk faster show “super confidence.” Throw your shoulders back, lift your head up, and move a little faster.
Speak up. Each time you fail to speak up, it can make you feel less confident. However, speaking up gets easier every time, so try it at your next meeting or class!
Smile! I know, what I’m about to say next is cheesy, but true; smile defeats fear. A true smile melts away any anger or apprehension the opposite person has with you. Even forcing yourself to smile will actually make you want to smile.
You’re amazing; don’t ever forget it!
Have a great week!