Let me be honest with you: I was never a straight-A student.
Sure I had good grades, but they certainly weren’t anything special. And, because of this, my self-esteem and confidence levels were lower than many of my high-achieving friends.
However, I later discovered one of the keys to abundant confidence.
This discovery came about what I started to become interested in computer coding. As I began to learn how to code and to create programs, something unexpected happened — my confidence started to soar.
What was behind this sudden boost in confidence?
It was the self-reliance I was developing by overcoming issues and bugs with the code I was working on. By learning how to solve difficult coding problems, I learned the little-practiced arts of persistence and creativity; which led to a tangible uplift in my self-confidence.
As you can see from the above, confidence must be found from within. It can never be found from outside.
Working through difficulties is one of the best ways to develop your self-confidence. Each time you overcome a challenge or break through an obstacle — you’ll push your confidence a little higher than it was before.
So next time you find yourself struggling with a deadline at work or facing a financial challenge, be sure to meet them head on. With a positive mindset, you’ll be able to find ways to overcome these and other challenges. And, as I’ve already mentioned, you’ll be rewarded with a tangible boost to your self-confidence. You’ll also open the door to opportunities that can help you reach and exceed your goals.
Of course, as well as overcoming challenges, there are other ways that you can increase your confidence levels.
1. See Yourself as Equal to Everyone Else
Do you see yourself as equal to your line manager? How about your company’s directors? Do you see yourself as equal to them?
If you allow yourself to feel less than others, you’ll never reach your full potential. You’ll lack the necessary confidence to do the things you want and need to do.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Instead of seeing others as more important than yourself, start seeing them as equals. One easy way to do this is to keep in mind that your manager, your company higher ups and even their leaders — are all on the same team!
You all want your company to succeed, and each person (including you) has their part to play.
Shift your mindset to team-playing, and watch your confidence levels soar