BUILDING SELF CONFIDENCE

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Self confidence is a key entrepreneurial skill for success. It is easy to become demoralized, frustrated and resentful if you lack self-confidence.

Nobody is born with limitless self-confidence. If someone seems to have incredible self-confidence, it’s because he or she has worked on building it for years. Self-confidence is something that you learn to build up because the challenging world of business, and life in general, can deflate it. Building a successful business requires a thick skin and unshakable confidence in your ability to overcome obstacles.

Here are a few things you can do to build up your self-confidence

1. Visualize yourself as you want to be.

“What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” -- Napoleon Hill Visualization is the technique of seeing an image of yourself that you are proud of, in your own mind. When we struggle with low self-confidence, we have a poor perception of ourselves that is often inaccurate. Practice visualizing a fantastic version of yourself, achieving your goals.

 

2. Affirm yourself.

We tend to behave in accordance with our own self-image. The trick to making lasting change is

to change how you view yourself.

Affirmations are positive and uplifting statements that we say to ourselves. These are normally

more effective if said out loud so that you can hear yourself say it. We tend to believe whatever

we tell ourselves constantly.

For example, if you hate your own physical appearance, practice saying something that you appreciate or like about yourself when you next look in the mirror. To get your brain to accept your positive statements more quickly, phrase your affirmations as questions such as, “Why am I so good at making deals?” instead of “I am so good at making deals.” Our brains are biologically wired to seek answers to questions, without analyzing whether the question is valid or not.

 

3. Do one thing that scares you every day.

The best way to overcome fear is to face it head-on. By doing something that scares you every

day and gaining confidence from every experience, you will see your self-confidence soar.

So get out of your comfort zone and face your fears!

 

4. Make two lists: one of your strengths and one of your achievements.

Try to get a supportive friend or relative to help you with these lists, as people with low self-

esteem are not usually in the most objective frame of mind. Keep the lists in a safe place and

read through them every morning.

 

5. Avoid people and places that treat you badly or make you feel bad about yourself.

Surround yourself with people who believe in you and want to make you grow! It’s important to

consciously stay away from people, places, tv shows or anything at all that makes you doubt

yourself. Always be protective of your space and ensure that you are only surrounded by positive vibes and positive energy.