You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, confidence is key! But what if you are struggling with low self-esteem? You can overcome it. Chances are it won’t happen overnight, but it you work at it, you can conquer low self-esteem.
Having the utmost positive impression of yourself can change your entire life from the way you talk, to the way you dress at your job, your health, and your love life. Yes, your love life!
It is proven that people who are truly confident are living the most successful and fulfilling lives. I want you to be not only successful in your career, but in every aspect of your life.
Low self-esteem can drag down all the relationships you have, especially your romantic relationships, by attracting and maintaining that special person it can drastically change your outlook. Sometimes when you are successful in one area of your life it fuels your confidence and courage to tackle the other areas that are not as successful.
For example, I grew up stuttering. For me, it was a confidence issue. It may not be for other stutterers, but for me, I was a timid kid; and the fear of speaking followed me for years until I developed the confidence to overcome it.
Here are four tips to conquer low self-esteem:
1. Know that you’re one of a kind
You must always remember that you are unique and you were created for a reason. God doesn’t make junk. One of the ways to build internal confidence is by not comparing yourself to others. Focus on your strengths, abilities, and what makes you different. Embrace who you are. Once you embrace you, then you give others the chance to accept and love you for you. But please know, everyone will not like you, but that’s another post.
Understanding that you have gifts and talents that make you different can translate in profession and in your personal relationships.
2. Look people in the eyes
When you make eye contact, it communicates to that person you are someone to reckon with! It doesn’t have to be negative or seductive. Eye contact is a way to connect with people. It also communicates that you’re not afraid.
If you are a person that finds it difficult to make and maintain eye contact, practice, practice, practice.
3. Look the part
Appearance is one of the biggest factors of confidence and self-esteem. The amazing thing is that the power of appearance is universal. Taking pride in your appearance translates well in most regions around the world.
Improving your physical appearance by going to the gym and eating healthy will do wonders for your inner confidence and will make you feel better both physically and emotionally. Exercising often is a great way to make you feel better and look better. The more you take care of yourself the more powerful and confident your will be.
Have you ever heard the saying look good, feel good? There is a lot of truth behind that statement. When you dress well, it boosts your confidence and makes you feel more confident.
4. Join Toastmasters
I joined Toastmasters in 2006. It was by far the best confidence booster I’ve encountered. Toastmasters is a worldwide organization geared to help its members become better speakers and leaders.
For me Toastmasters has given me a platform practice all these tips I’ve provided you and more. If you’re interested in developing your confidence, improving your communication and leadership skills, then find a Toastmasters near you and attend the meeting. It’s free to visit the club. The member does cost. It’s the least expensive membership I’ve had. It has tremendous value.
These four tips have done wonders in my life. Also read The Way to Develop Confidence.
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