Do them daily

If you’re wondering why you’re not getting that promotion – ask yourself this: do you have confidence in yourself and your abilities? The reason why so many of us don’t reach our full potential isn’t because we’re not good enough, or lacking intelligence or resources, it’s because we lack self-belief.

But having the confidence not just to speak up in meetings, but to actively chase goals without deterring when things – as they inevitably do – veer off course isn’t easy. These science-approved tips help foster long-lasting self belief and confidence – practice regularly.

Aim high

It’s easy to lose sight of our purpose in the day to day. That’s why writing down a list of short and long-term goals is great.

Not only will the list help you stay on track and keep motivated, it will also play a big part in building self esteem. Each time you tick something off the list, you’ll enjoy a boost in confidence.

Push the boat out

Have you ever heard about the ‘fake smile’ technique? Psychologists say that smiling when you’re upset can trick your brain into believing that you’re happy, which can then spur actual feelings of happiness.

The same goes with confidence. The best way to build confidence is to act with the confidence you aspire to have. In short: fake it ‘til you make it. This means speaking up, reaching out, taking on projects and experiences outside of your comfort zone – pushing the boat out.

If things work, then you know you can do more than you thought. If they don’t, you know you can handle it. Win-win.

Research your idols

Read up on your idols and learn about their life stories and the journey they had to achieve success.

Nine times out of 10 you will realise that these icons of yours had their own struggles to overcome along the way – they too were once trying to figure it all out and likely, they still are.

Doing a bit of research will also give you a few tangible ideas to help you map out how to get to where you want to go.


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