How you perceive yourself has a huge impact on how others perceive you. Self-confidence is the difference between feeling unstoppable and feeling scared out of your wits.

Here are some strategies to help build and increase self-confidence.

1. Dress Well

While clothes don’t make the man, the way you dress will certainly affect the way you feel. No one is more conscious of your physical appearance than yourself. When you don’t look good, it changes the way you behave and interact with other people. In most cases, significant improvements can be made by bathing and shaving frequently, wearing clean clothes, and being aware of the latest styles. In addition to dressing appropriately for the occasion you are in.

This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot on clothes. Instead of buying a lot of cheap clothes, buy half of many select, high quality items. In the long run, this expense decreases because good quality clothing wears less and lasts longer. Buying less also helps reduce clutter in the closet.

2. Walking with Confidence

One of the easiest ways to tell how a person feels about themselves is to examine their pace. Is it slow? Tired? Or is it brisk and purposeful? People with high confidence walk fast. They have places to visit, people to see, and important work to do. Even if you’re not in a hurry, you can boost your confidence by putting a little pep in your step.

3. Carry good posture

Similarly, the way a person carries his or her body tells a story. People with slumped shoulders and lethargic movements show a lack of self-confidence. They reflect that they are not very enthusiastic about what they are doing and do not consider themselves important. By practicing good posture, you will automatically feel more confident. Stand up straight, keep your head up, and make eye contact. You will make a positive impression on others and instantly feel more alert and empowered.

4. Empowering Confidence with Personal Commercial

One of the best ways to build confidence is listening to a motivational speech. Unfortunately, opportunities to hear a great speaker are few and far between. You can fill this need by creating a personal commercial. Write a 30-60 second speech that highlights your strengths and goals. Then recite it out loud in front of the mirror (or inside your head, if you prefer) whenever you need a confidence boost.

5. Cultivating Gratitude: Shifting Focus for Enhanced Confidence

When you focus too much on what you want, your mind creates reasons why you can’t have it. This leads you to dwell on your weaknesses. The best way to avoid this is to consciously focus on gratitude. Spend some time each day making a mental list of everything you have to be grateful for. Remember your past successes, unique skills, loving relationships, and positive momentum. You’ll be amazed at how much you have going for you and it will motivate you to take the next step toward success.

6. Cultivating Positivity Through Praise and Appreciation

When we think negatively about ourselves, we often project that feeling onto others in the form of insults and gossip. To break this cycle of negativity, get into the habit of praising other people. Refuse to engage in gossip and demeaning comments, instead seek to highlight what is most beautiful or admirable about the people around you. When you look for the best in others, you indirectly bring out the best in yourself.

7. Front and Center: Boosting Confidence by Taking the Front Row

In schools, offices, and public assemblies around the world, people constantly strive to sit in the back of the room. Most people prefer the back because they are afraid of being noticed. This reflects a lack of self-confidence. By deciding to sit in the front row, you can overcome this irrational fear and build self-confidence. You will also be more visible to the important people speaking from the front of the room.

8. Overcoming Fear: Embrace Your Voice in Group Discussions

During group discussions many people never contribute anything because they are afraid people will judge them for saying something stupid. This fear is not really justified. In fact most people are struggling with the same fears. By making an effort to speak up at least once in every group discussion, you will become a better public speaker, gain more confidence in your own thoughts, and may be recognized as a leader by your peers.

9. The Transformative Power of Fitness on Self-Confidence

Fitness has a huge effect on self-confidence. If you are out of shape, you will feel insecure, unattractive, and less energetic. Having the discipline to exercise not only makes you feel better, it also creates a positive momentum that remains constant throughout the rest of your day.

10. Shifting Perspectives: From Self-Focus to Making a Difference

Too often we get caught up in our own desires. We focus too much on ourselves and not enough on the needs of other people. If you stop thinking about yourself and focus on what you are giving, teaching or contributing to the rest of the world, you won’t worry so much about your own shortcomings. This will increase your self-confidence and your contribution to society will be more efficient. The more you contribute to the world the more you will be rewarded with personal success and recognition.

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