Self-confidence; some people have it, and some people don’t, right?
Absolutely anyone can attain a high level of self-confidence simply by working towards having a positive self-perception. The two go hand in hand; the former being the outward manifestation of the latter.
So, while self-confidence may seem like an elusive trait that only a select few possess, the root of self-confidence – positive self-perception – is incredibly easy to cultivate.
To modify your self-perception in a natural and therefore more sustainable way, check out my five step plan that leads towards long lasting self-confidence.
1. Fix Your Body Language
Your psychological state can dictate your body language, but your body language can also dictate your psychological state.
By fixing up your body language, you will feel more confident and assertive in situations that would otherwise have you searching for a swift exit.
Paying attention to things like eye contact and hand positioning will help in abundance. For more details, check out my article on how to show leadership through body language.
2. Expand Your Vocabulary
Do you ever find yourself grasping for words in the middle of a sentence? In high-pressure situations, that awkward mid-sentence pause can send your self-confidence plummeting.
As always, prevention is better than cure, so it’s a good idea to read the right books and listen to the right podcasts in order to widen your vocabulary.
Also, get into the habit of noting down words you don’t know the meaning of so that you can research them later on.
3. Groom Yourself
You don’t have to win beauty contests in order to derive confidence from your appearance.
By making a habit of grooming yourself properly (and regularly), you’ll feel far more ready to take on the world as the best looking version of yourself.
To get the basics down, keep up with the latest hairstyle trends, look after your teeth, and invest in some skin maintenance products.
4. Evaluate Your Wardrobe
Now that you look snazzy, it’s time to dress snazzy.
By dressing in flattering colours, quality materials, and tailored attire, you’ll feel your self confidence soar almost immediately.
You don’t have to spend thousands on clothing though. Simply keeping tabs on the quality of your wardrobe will ensure that your confidence is always on a high.
5. Treat Yourself Well
Your health should be your most treasured possession. By acting in your body’s best interests, you’ll breed self-confidence by shedding excess weight, looking better, and feeling more energetic.
Thus, hitting the gym or taking up a new sport should be high on your priority list. Furthermore, cutting back on caffeine and taking hydration seriously will do wonders for your physical and mental state.
Self-Perception Dictates Self Confidence
If you work towards perceiving yourself more positively, a boost in self-confidence will naturally follow.
With that being said, the steps above will lead you towards seeing yourself in the best light possible, allowing you to reap the benefits of self-confidence without having to do anything but naturally improve yourself as a person.
Do you have any other tips on how to achieve long lasting self-confidence? Share your ideas in the comments section below!
About the Author
Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.