11 Habits to Be More Self Confident
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Self confidence. Some people just have it.
You can see it in their walk, in the way they greet people, in the way they handle themselves at parties and in meetings. And others pay attention to them, because they just seem to exude a “presence.”
Lots of politicians show lots of self confidence. Even when what they say isn’t true, people believe them. Why? Because they exude an aura of true belief in what they're saying.
Research tells us that self-confident people also make more money and get more promotions. So if you want to be more successful in life, then one thing you can do is work on your lack of confidence. And that's why we recommend focusing on 11 habits that will help you be more self confident.
Let's get to it…
1. Confident People Ask for Help When They Need It
It may at first seem counter-intuitive to think of a confident person asking for help – aren’t they supposed to have all of the answers? Here’s the thing:
2. Confident People Are Not Afraid to Be Wrong
There are no perfect people. Mistakes are made. The difference is this:
Need some encouragement that failure is not the end of things? Check out these awesome quotes on failure and success.
3. Confident People Find Their Happiness Within Themselves
Insecure people have to have constant validation and praise from others in order to feel good about themselves. And when they don’t get it, they feel more insecure – it’s really a vicious cycle.
Confident people can praise themselves and can find joy in what they accomplish privately. It doesn’t matter to them what others think, because they know their worth and they are pleased with themselves.
This habit is probably the most difficult to nurture, because it means changing one’s whole perspective.
4. Confident People Don’t Have to Be the Center of Attention
The need to be the center of attention is fueled by insecurity. And it comes from the habit just discussed above – that happiness comes from the opinions and praise of others.
Interestingly, people who don’t seek attention for their achievements usually get more attention in the long run.
5. Confident People Take Risks
Their attitude is this: If I don’t take this risk, will I regret it later? The answer is almost always a “yes.”
Nurturing this habit starts with small risks. Take a course in a subject you never did well in as a student. Build a new skill. Start a small business on the side. Over time, you can increase your risk level. It’s exciting, it’s fun, and it’s what confident people do.
6. Confident People Celebrate the Successes of Others
When you know who you are and like who you are, it’s easy to praise others who achieve something great. It doesn’t take away from your worth, nor does it diminish your successes and achievements in any way.
Insecure people have a tough time with this, because the successes of others takes attention away from them, and they are jealous.
Life is not a competition. Make a conscious effort to praise others, to compliment them. You’ll actually gain confidence in the long run because others will reciprocate.
7. Confident People Don’t Judge Others
There is simply no need to judge the people around you. Wayne Dyer, philosopher, psychologist and author said this: “When you judge others, it doesn’t define them; it only defines you as someone who needs to judge.”
There is such a great freedom in not needing to make judgements of the activities and lifestyles of others.
When you are about to judge, stop yourself and repeat Wayne Dyer’s words. Ultimately, this non-judgement will become a habit. And it’s a great feeling not to have to always compare yourself to others.
8. Confident People Speak with Confidence
Rarely will you hear a confident person utter phrases like, “I’m not sure” or “I think maybe we should try.” If you use these types of phrases, then you need to replace them with phrases like, “I’ll find out and get back to you,” or “We should do this.”
Just the words you use will deliver messages about your level of confidence. And as you change your vocabulary, your own confidence improves.
This talking without confidence often goes hand-in-hand with nervous gestures, ticks and other physical displays that you lack confidence. See the post on dealing with nervous habits below for effective techniques for dealing with these tics and physical manifestations of a lack of confidence.
9. Confident People Can Say “No”
Saying “no” is really tough for those who lack confidence. The fear is this: if they say “no,” they won’t be liked anymore. If they say “no” someone will be disappointed or angry. Who’s in charge here? Never saying “no” means others are in control of you, and there will never be a growth of self-confidence.
The next time someone asks you if you will help them out, and if you don’t really want to, muster up the courage and let that “no” word come out of your mouth. It gets easier each time you do it!
10. Confident People Compete With Themselves
They set challenges for themselves and then work to meet them. This comes from a love of new experiences and of lifelong learning.
People who lack confidence let others determine the challenges and then compete with others to meet them first. And if they “lose” to someone else, their insecurity just grows.
If you fail to meet your own challenges, it’s no big deal – you just try again until you do. There are no winners and losers when you compete against yourself, so you never lose.
Focus on setting short-term goals and go after them. Challenge yourself to a personal fitness program like Aaptiv; challenge yourself to master golf; challenge yourself to write a novel. Confidence builds as you achieve these things and carries over into both your personal and professional lives.
11. Confident People Listen
Confident people have nothing to prove to anyone. They don’t have to bolster themselves by butting in and controlling the conversation. Instead they listen, because they know that they may learn something.
Next time you feel the urge to butt in and take control, mentally step back. Let others have their say. Then, come in with your confident phrases and give your input.
And to learn more about how to do this, check out our article on mindful listening.
Final Thoughts on Being More Self Confident
Confidence is all mental habit, nothing more. Once you develop the mental habits, the physical will follow. You will have that walk, and you will have that talk – you will look smart and capable because you are.
About the Author
Daniela McVicker is an independent blogger and writer who doesn't believe in the word impossible. Passionate about traveling, love and self-culture. Currently works as an editor for TopWritersReview, you can follow Daniela on Twitter or add her on Facebook.