Three life hacks for building self-confidence
September 9, 2016 by Kevin Oubridge
Low self-esteem can make even the simplest of tasks seem stressful and difficult. A strong sense of self-confidence, on the other hand, lends you the strength and gumption you need to tackle work and life head-on.
Luckily, self-confidence can be learnt. To help you on your way, we’ve put together three life hacks for building self-confidence:
1 Think positively.
I know, I know: it sounds cliché, but learning to stop negative thoughts in their tracks and replace them with positive thoughts really is the most powerful life hack for building self-confidence. Thinking negatively – just like thinking positively – is a habit, and one that you have the ability to change.
One good way of building self-confidence through positive thinking is to come up with a simple personal ‘mantra’. For example: ‘I am a confident, capable person and I seize all opportunities that come my way with gratitude.’ Write your mantra on a slip of paper and stick it up near your desk. Then, every time a negative thought pops into your head – whether it’s ‘this is too hard’, ‘I’m not capable enough’ or even just ‘I’m having a bad day’ – quash the thought and replace it with your personal mantra instead.
Another trick for cultivating a habit of positive thinking is to make a point of practicing gratitude every day. When you’re feeling low or overwhelmed, pause for just one minute and list five things you’re grateful for. It can be anything from your family, to a new coaching client you’ve recently won, to the cappuccino you had that morning from your favourite café. When you switch your thinking from lamenting what you don’t have to being grateful for what you do have, you’ll immediately feel more positive and confident.
2 Put effort into your appearance.
Taking care of your physical appearance doesn’t mean you’re superficial. On the contrary, making sure you always look your best is a sign of professionalism. This is a great way to work on building self-confidence, because when you look professional, you feel professional – and ready to face whatever the day throws at you.
Now, this doesn’t mean going out and blowing your entire monthly grocery budget on a new outfit. It simply means doing whatever it takes to feel well-presented and professional. Even if you work from home, make sure that you dress smartly and neatly during work hours.
The same applies to your online appearance and image. Make sure that you look smart and professional in your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook profile pictures. If you don’t have a suitable photo on hand, make the effort to take a really snazzy, attractive photo specifically for your online profile pictures. You’ll feel much more confident knowing that you look just as professional online as you do in person.
3 Give yourself ample preparation time for calls, meetings and training sessions.
In many cases, building self-confidence can be as simple as making sure that you’re well-prepared for client interactions. Review each client’s history, needs and goals before each meeting or call, and spend time educating yourself about each client’s specific industry. You’ll feel much more secure in your ability to conduct a successful, hiccup-free marketing call or training session. Your obvious preparedness will have the added benefit of impressing potential coaching clients and building your existing clients’ trust in you.
Our coaching training courses are designed to help you build self-confidence – and win new coaching clients – by playing to your strengths as a coach. To find out more about the coaching training courses offered by Blue Chip, click here.