What is confidence? It’s the belief that you are capable, worthwhile and valuable. It’s an optimism attached to your abilities that empower you to stretch out of your comfort zone and use failure as feedback to be courageous when facing challenges.
When faced with a challenge or setback or when you feel like failure is inevitable, you may have been told to: Be more confident. This sounds like great advice, if you weren’t left thinking, “If only it were that simple.” Here are three simple ways to boost your confidence:
- Visualize your success when you’re beginning a difficult task. Focusing on your why, will add energy to your willpower to push through. Listening to music with heavy base can increase your feelings of power, which is why great music playlists and headphones are a must for so many gym goers!
- Believe in your ability to improve. Focus on progress not perfection. If every thing was perfect you would never learn and you would never grow. Albert Einstein, brilliantly wrote, “Once you stop learning, you start dying. “Nobody does something one time to be the best at it; you do it the first time so you can to do it better the next time.
- Practice failure. Face it, you will fail sometimes. Michael Jordan missed more than 9000 shots in his career. 26 of those were potential game winning shots. Michael self proclaims: “I have failed over and over again in life. And that is why I succeed”. After being cut from his high school basketball team, Michael Jordan went home, locked himself in his room and cried…thank goodness he didn’t let failure prevent him from trying again!
Confidence turns thoughts into action. Taking action is the only way to live, love and lead your best life so I dare you to: Think of a challenge you want to take on, realize it’s not going to be easy and keep a growth mindset and believe in your ability to learn and grow. Neuroscience proves that the connections in your brain get stronger and grow with study and practice. Having a growth mindset builds habits; strengthens skills and improves confidence through open-minded repetition. Accept you are going to make mistakes and be kind to yourself when you do.
The excitement you’ll feel when you achieve your goal will be worth almost as much as your gained confidence.