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Learn how to become more self-confident, with this video.

Do you wish you had more self-confidence? Many people do, and there are several reasons why.

When you have self-confidence, you trust your abilities, even when others don’t. It means you do the right thing, even when it’s hard, or when you have to go against the view of your group. Having self-confidence also means you’re not afraid to admit when you’ve made a mistake. And you’re not afraid to learn from those mistakes.

People with a high degree of self-confidence often have greater success than those who don’t. Confidence can enhance your reputation, get you the projects you want, and open up all kinds of opportunities in your career.

The good news is that self-confidence can be learned, just like any other skill. And there’s a lot you can do to build it up.

First, learn to think positively. Whenever you find yourself slipping into self-defeating thoughts, force yourself to stop and think of something more empowering such as, “I can do this!”

If you start to have doubts about what you’re doing, take a minute and write these down on paper. Then, calmly and rationally challenge them. You might find that many of these doubts seem silly when you look at them up close. But others might be valid. If this is the case, come up with a plan to deal with these issues.

Next, set yourself meaningful goals. Then build on the knowledge and skills you need to achieve them. This might mean doing some studying, finding a mentor, or going on a training course.

Try to get into the habit of setting and achieving small goals for yourself. Your confidence will start to build as you gain additional knowledge and skills, and reach your objectives.

Another way of building your self-confidence is to look at what you’ve already done in your life. Write down the ten best things you’ve achieved, and put them in a smartly formatted document.

Then, spend a few minutes a week enjoying the success you’ve already had. You can do the same with your strengths. Use a SWOT Analysis to identify them.

Then, think about what your friends and family would consider your strengths to be, and spend a few minutes reflecting on these.

These are just some of the ways you can build self-confidence. To find out more, see the article that accompanies this video.


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Marinda Reynecke

Marinda Reynecke

Counselling Psychologist

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