A lack of confidence is difficult enough to manage in personal life. But it can be a death sentence for your professional life. If you suffer from low self-esteem, we have a few tips to help you get back on the road to feeling great about yourself and your accomplishments.
1. Take care of your appearance. This may seem superficial, but there’s certainly a connection between how you look and how you feel. A few extra minutes in the morning to make sure you are happy with your clothing and appearance can make all the difference in the world. Dressing to match how you want to feel can take you a long way toward actually feeling good. It can make you feel successful and presentable to the world.
2. Think positive thoughts and get rid of the negativity. The way we speak to ourselves, even in our thoughts, has an impact on confidence. When you catch yourself thinking negatively stop and correct yourself with truthful, but kinder statements. For example, “That was a stupid idea” can become “Next time, I’ll do this instead.”
3. Consider your positive traits. This might seem a little silly, but make a habit of writing down what you do like about yourself. Switch your focus to these finer points rather than giving attention to what makes you feel bad.
4. Build others up. We always hear that it’s better to give than receive, and this extends beyond tangible gifts. Stop focusing on your own low self-esteem and look for others who may be feeling the same way. Each day, find a way to build someone else up with a sincere compliment or by spending a little time with someone who could use a friend. You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel after making someone else feel better.
5. Change your posture. The brain and the body send signals back and forth all day – it’s a two-way street. If your confidence is affecting your posture poorly, try switching it up and see if changing your posture will affect your mood. Spoiler alert: it will.
6. Get smarter. We feel better when we’ve learned something or accomplished a goal. There’s an entire world of information out there in the form of free and affordable online classes, education opportunities through other businesses, and libraries full of books. Take up a new skill, whether it’s related to work or something you’ve always wanted to learn.