Self-assurance means being confident in your personality traits and abilities. It is one of the most powerful qualities to have, and yet, too many people lack a belief in their own abilities. Fortunately, it is possible to build it.

Some people are just born with natural skills and abilities that others do not possess. What’s even more troubling is, people without specific skills can try their entire lives and never reach the potential of others who don’t even try. It can simply be maddening, to say the least.

All that aside, the same thing goes for confidence. Some people are born with it, some people can acquire it, and others will never have it. Boosting your self-assurance can obviously have a variety of positive effects on you as a person, but it will also get you closer to success and career growth.

Whatever the situation is, it goes without saying that you will immensely benefit from believing in your abilities and personal qualities.

Don’t be one of those people that thinks he or she can never improve their own confidence because this isn’t the case at all. While you might never make it to the level of others, you can raise your self-assurance to the point where you start to see its powerful effects on your life. Want to know how?

How to Increase Your Self-Assurance with 7 Tips

1. Get Things Done

Do you know what confidence is built on for a big part? It would be accomplishments. They give you moral satisfaction and make you feel better about yourself. Therefore, a sure way to build your self-assurance is by overcoming procrastination and getting stuff done.

This might mean starting out small and working your way up, but as long as you are getting things done, you are enhancing your self-belief. It starts with your day to day goals, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. They are going to take you to bigger accomplishments.

And once you start achieving those small goals, you’ll have the confidence, experience, and know-how to start accomplishing much larger goals in life.

2. Monitor Those Goals

Speaking of goals, you can’t get anywhere is you don’t know where you are going. This is why you have to monitor your progress along the way.

Whether you are trying to get a new job, get promoted, or find your path in life on a greater scale, you need to know where exactly you stand. Getting a clear idea of your current circumstances and progress will shed light on the things that need to be changed or improved so that you can fulfill your potential.

3. Nurture Your Mental Well-Being

You’d be surprised to learn how powerful the impact of your mental health can be on your body. And self-assurance is pretty much nothing more than a component of your mental health.

That being said, meditation is without a doubt one of the best possible ways to start maintaining and improving your mental well-being. Start each day by allowing yourself 20 minutes alone where you can collect and reflect on your thoughts from the previous day and what lies ahead of you today.

Allow yourself to feel grounded and connected while also experiencing the peace and harmony of living in the moment. This will not only likely improve your overall mental health, but it will also help you be more productive.

4. Look After Your Body

Unfortunately, caring for your mental health alone is not enough. You also have to physically care for your body. This can be extremely hard when you feel self-conscious about your looks. As hard as it might be and sound, you want to boost your body image so that it matches your newfound mindset.

With most gyms shut down and social distancing in full force, this can be much harder than one might imagine. Starting with a simple walk can be one of the most effective ways to get started. It will get the endorphins flowing and result in relieving stress, tension, and pressure.

Couple this with healthy eating, and you’ll be well on your way to a whole new transformation.

5. Try New Things

There is always a fear of the unknown. This is just natural. It might cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety in some people, but the only way around them is to face them head-on.

All you need is a little can-do attitude, and you can just about conquer anything. You don’t need to try crazy things to step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes, a small push to escape your everyday routine, such as enrolling in a class or a special interest club, is powerful enough.

After all, if you don’t try new things, how do you know what you will be able to achieve? You will never know what you are capable of, and you won’t know how to be more confident unless you try to see yourself in a new way as well.

6. Don’t Get Brought Down

There are always going to be people in your life who will try to bring you down. Some might not mean to while others could do it intentionally. Certain personalities simply thrive on negativity and criticisms. You can’t change their mindset, but you can surely change yours.

You might be bringing yourself down with negative thoughts too. In fact, most people stay unaware of their own thoughts most of the time. They listen to their inner critic, taking its words at face value and letting it ruin their self-belief.

If you want to cope with your self-deprecating thoughts, a good start is to practice self-awareness and mindfulness. When you learn to recognize them, it’s the first step to confronting them and ending their toxic influence on your life.

In all, you want to learn to deal with negative thoughts and people and prevent them from having a toll on your mindset. Whether it is a negative person or a negative situation, you’ll want to learn to shift your focus to the positive aspects.

7. Practice Self-Love

This one is probably the hardest of all. Even people with intrinsic self-assurance most probably have things about themselves that they do not like. This is okay, and being discontent with some of your traits is perfectly natural.

You just don’t want to become obsessed with these things. And you can avoid that by focusing on the positive aspects of yourself. Point out the things that you do well and the personality traits you are proud of. It would be great if you write down a list of your positive qualities and talents.

Give yourself credit for your good qualities and bear them in mind whenever you are feeling particularly disappointed with yourself. Know that they far outshine your negatives. Moreover, never forget that no one is perfect, and our flaws make us unique.

You might also want to use self-affirmations as a way to give your self-esteem a powerful boost. These are positive statements about yourself and your life that you need to repeat every day. In the beginning, you may struggle to believe in what you say, but with time, affirmations will do wonders for your self-image.

Self-assurance is not an unreachable mindset. Believing in yourself, your talents, and your abilities takes practice and consistency.

Valerie Soleil, B.A., LL.B.

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