Confidence is one of the keys to developing mental toughness! Fostering a positive self-view, developing belief in your ability to solve problems, and trusting your instincts are some of the main factors in building confidence and resilience.
Below are some ways that you can begin building your confidence
Get Things Done
Confidence and accomplishment go hand-in-hand. Accomplishing goals and even taking small steps towards your goals can help build your self-esteem and boost confidence in your abilities.
When working towards a goal, big or small, it is important to break it down into smaller, bite-sized steps. In doing so, you will find it easier to monitor how you’re progressing, and you can enjoy the gradual progress towards achieving your goal.
Be true to your values
Confident people tend to live by a value system and make decisions based on these values (even when it may seem not easy or pleasant at the time). When your decisions are aligned with your principles, it can help cultivate a more confident mind.
Exercise not only benefits your physical body but your mind as well. The mental benefits of exercise include: improved focus, memory retention, and stress reduction. There is also good evidence that exercise can aid in the reduction of depressive symptoms.
Following through on what you say you’re going to do not only helps to earn the respect of others but also respect for and confidence in yourself. Developing your ‘follow-through’ skills will also help you accomplish more of your goals.
Often, we trade in long-term subjective wellbeing for immediate gratification. We can build our confidence by making sacrifices and decisions based on long-term goals rather than short-term comforts. Finding the discipline to stick with the commitments you’ve made will bring greater happiness in the long term and a higher likelihood of achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Enhanced performance, better relationships, and a greater sense of wellbeing can all be achieved by developing a confident, healthy mind.
We can all improve our mental health by implementing these strategies and committing to the process for long-term health, resilience and success.