Every now and then we feel that we’re not living up to the standard we ought to or might have imagined some years ago, this is a norm and totally nothing strange. But when we let such feelings linger so much that it prevents us from moving forward to achieve dreams, it then becomes a case of low self-confidence. Here are few suggestions to help us fight low/lack of self-confidence.
- Be Spontaneous: Trying something new is something you should consider. Go ahead and do something you normally won’t do! Choose to get a make-over, rock a new hair cut or style, try on make-up if it’s something you normally won’t do, take a bike ride, chase a kite once in a while, take a long run, read a book or novel. Being spontaneous helps jog your mind and it is a step in moving out of your comfort zone.
- Put your best foot forward: There is one or a couple of things we are all good at. Whatever admirable thing that you’re good at, do it some more. If you’re good at making jewelries with beads, make some more and showcase it. Don’t be shy… Make good use of your social media platforms.
- Keep your cool (Stay organized and reflect): Have a “Me-Time”. Some few minutes or hours you spend with just yourself without interruptions. When you have such times, try as much as possible to be feel comfortable and avoid noise as much as you can. During this time. You want to encourage yourself, reflect on how far you’ve come and record achievement of previously set goals, identifying mistakes you made and coming up with solutions in order not to repeat them as you set new goals for the future (set reasonable and attainable goals). For instance, you want to shed some weight? Start working out with a plan pointing out how many kg you intend on getting rid of in a month.
- Get off the ground: Nobody is above mistakes, when you make mistakes, learn to accept and recognize where you defaulted. Pick yourself up, dust yourself and keep running! It’s just not enough to recognize your mistake, learning from it is vital in preventing the re-occurrence of such mistakes.
- Commit to a healthy life style: Do some regular work outs/ exercise, keep environment and surroundings clean, eat right (cut down on greasy food), drink enough water, take in some fruits and vegetables every day and finally get quality rest. Research shows that poor leaving habits results in depression and ultimately lack of self-confidence.
- You are the only YOU: stop comparing yourself to others, there’s only one you; the more reason you should realize that your talents, attitude, character and weaknesses are totally different from others. If you do not like what you see in the mirror, work towards a better “version” of you rather than compare yourself to some other person.
- Seek Professional Help: Try talking to a professional about how you feel about yourself. Sometimes hearing from others and allowing them help identify your strength is all you need. Let it all out and stop bottling the emotions, you just might explode someday.
In conclusion, after pondering on all seven (7) suggestions mentioned above, you could try stepping out of your comfort zone to help someone else. One quote you should remember, “There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let others get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections”. Do not forget. There is only one YOU, work towards a better version of YOU.