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12 Ways To Become A More Confident Person

12 Ways To Become A More Confident Person

Do you want to become a confident person? Many people believe that you are born with confidence, but this isn’t necessarily true. Self-confidence is built up through your life, and you can choose to gain more self-confidence.

It is never too late to start working on finding your confidence – check out 12 ways you can become a more confident person.

1. Monitor Your Work Success

Tracking your progress at work will give you actual proof of your recent successes and accomplishments – write down everything, even the little achievements.

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2. Try Something New Once A Week

Instead of shying away from new events and activities, grab life by the horns and say ‘yes’ to something new once a week. Learning new skills and trying new things is one of the most fun ways you can build up confidence.

3. Stand Up Straight

Don’t walk with your shoulder slumped and your eyes looking down – instead, walk with your back straight and don’t avoid eye contact. This will make you look self-assured and confident, and looking the part will help you to feel more confident on the inside.

4. Talk To New People

Try starting up a conversation with a co-worker or a cashier. You may be surprised by how friendly people are, and this will help you to shed any fears you have about speaking up in high pressure situations.

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5. Write Down Something You Love About Yourself Everyday

Every morning, write down something you love about yourself. From your hairstyle to your kindness, it is important to be aware of how great you actually are. The more you love yourself, the more confident you will feel.

6. Do An Activity That Makes You Feel Confident

Are you an excellent swimmer, or a great artist? Do an activity that makes you feel confident at least once a week to remind yourself that you are skilled and proficient.

7. Ignore Your Inner Critic

Everyone has the voice of self-doubt in their head; confident people just understand that the voice is negative and inaccurate. Don’t listen to the voice that says you can’t achieve – realize that it is just a voice, and it will always try to hold you back.

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8. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others

There will always be someone who is more confident, and if you focus on this you won’t see that you are still more confident than many other people. Everyone has different goals and targets; set your own instead of taking someone else’s and you will feel more confident within yourself.

9. Use Affirmations

Look in the mirror every morning and tell yourself ‘I am becoming more confident’. This reminds you to focus on becoming more confident, and while you may feel silly the first time you do it, over time you will notice it feels more and more accurate.

10. Try To Be More Spontaneous

If you are likely to decline doing something without a reason, ask yourself why you are always inclined to say no. This often shows fear; fear of being ignored, fear of being bored, fear of the unknown. Realize that life will pass you by with this attitude and try to become more of a ‘yes’ person. The world is not a scary place – it is filled with beauty and fun, and realizing this will help you to gain confidence.

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11. Avoid People Who Put You Down

Cut anyone out of your life who lowers your confidence and makes you feel small. Surround yourself with people who will bring you up and support you, not drag you down and make you doubt yourself.

12. Ask A Loved One How To Build Your Self-Confidence

Ask for confidence advice from someone who knows you well and loves you. They will have helpful suggestions on how you can build your self-confidence that are personalized to you.

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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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