At times, it's really easy to struggle with low self-confidence.So many people waste their precious time being anxious and down on themselves because of low-self-confidence.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to boost your self-confidence. Whether you lack confidence in one specific area or you struggle to feel confident about anything, here are a few strategies which can help.
1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Everyone is running their own race and life isn’t a competition. A great saying I got from P90x founder Tony Horton is, "Do your best and forget the rest."
If I can say that I truly gave my best at something, I need to have a peace with that. The fact is, I cannot be number one at everything. Darn...LOL!
I do a lot of public speaking. There are tons of better public speakers than me. Comparing them to me is a trap and a waste of time. Something I will do is watch and learn from a great public speaker and then just do me and do my best!
2. Take Care of Your Body
It’s hard to feel good about yourself if you’re abusing your body. Skimping on sleep, eating unhealthy, and not exercising will take a toll on your well-being.
Make physical self-care a priority. When you’re feeling at your best physically, you’ll naturally feel more confident about yourself.
3. Practice Self-Compassion
Self-compassion involves treating yourself with kindness when you make a mistake, fail, or experience a setback.
I've noticed that when I speak harshly to myself, I'm not really motivated to do better. In fact, studies show it tends to have the opposite effect.
One day a pretty cool thought hit me: "Hey Michael, rather than beat yourself up or call yourself names, try speaking to yourself like you’d talk to a trusted friend. Cut yourself some slack, laugh at yourself, and remind yourself that no one is perfect, even though I try to be...LOL!
Years ago, a mentor said this to me when I was down on myself, "You’ve come a long way, and you’re still learning and growing. Be thankful for the lessons. Take them and make the best of things right now."