Confidence is not an easy thing to get and it does not build over night. If you are uncomfortable in situations where confidence and boldness is required, it maybe scary, but it is not unachievable.
Confidence is not arrogance, but it’s an attractive and important quality that we as Humans have the opportunity to develop and possess. Being confident is about believing in your abilities and skills and if you don’t believe that, take the risk and do it anyway. It is an essential element in achieving your personal dreams and professional goals. Even if you’re an introverted person, you can also build confidence in yourself.
We’ve learned that and more in our recent podcast with Stephanie Leahy, founder of Cloval.co - a global marketplace for socially conscious clothing. Stephanie mastered and mustered the confidence that allowed her to shift her path from climbing the corporate ladder to building a start-up which pursued a passion. Like Stephanie, you can build your confidence, too! Here are some key tips from the podcast we’d like to share with you.
Discover your passion
Passion fuels the fire inside you and pushes you to achieve what you want. If you’re passionate about something, you’ll have more courage to do anything related to that passion. Discover and visualize your passion and your confidence will naturally come out.
Figure out what you want to be confident in
Identify the specific area of your life that you want to be confident in and focus on it. For Stephanie, it was public speaking. As a self-confessed introvert, it was not that easy for her to speak in front of a large audience. But she focused on that area and slowly built her confidence. Do you want to develop confidence in a sport or craft? Pay attention to it. Own it and you’ll soon be comfortable showing your skills and abilities to others.
Create an action plan
You need to be proactive in order to create change. If you want to be more confident, it’s important that you create an action plan for your development. Is public speaking also not your thing? Attend events and ask the speakers some questions during the Q&A sessions. Go ahead and pitch your brilliant business idea to groups you’re eyeing sponsorships from. Whatever it is that you’re scared to do, just work on it. Do it over and over again. What you used to see as a weakness can eventually become your strength.
Step out of your comfort zone
Lack of confidence go hand in hand with anxiety and fear. Usually, we get anxious and terrified of things we’re not familiar with or used to doing. To build confidence, you need to overcome fear and anxiety and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Grab new opportunities that you would normally dismiss. Take baby steps toward that transformation and be positive. Think that it will be for something that you really want and are passionate about.
Surround yourself with people who inspire you
Keep your tribe close to you. These are the people who inspire, appreciate, and push you to be confident. Also, spend more time with and talk to confident people. Because confidence can be contagious, you’ll possibly acquire this trait in no time.
Building confidence may be tough for some people and situations. But these key action steps can help you achieve this goal. With passion, a target, an action plan, the courage to get out of your comfort zone, and people who motivate you, you can make significant strides toward becoming a more confident person.
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