3 min readPublished On: August 8, 2023Categories: Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is an attribute that doesn’t come naturally to everyone. It’s like a muscle that needs to be exercised regularly. If you often find yourself stuck in self-doubt, know that you’re not alone and that there are techniques available to help you build your self-esteem. Let’s delve into five simple yet powerful confidence building exercises exercises that can dramatically boost your self-esteem.

Positive Self-Talk

The narrative that unfolds in your mind greatly influences how you perceive yourself. If you often indulge in negative self-talk, it’s time to change the script. Begin each day by standing in front of the mirror and speaking words of encouragement to your reflection. Say things like, “I am capable,” “I am strong,” or “I will conquer the challenges that come my way today.” Even if it feels a little strange at first (and to be honest, it probably will!), repeated positive affirmations can change the way your mind perceives yourself.

You can also practise switching your negative self-talk into positive affirmations. If you notice yourself thinking something negative (“Eurgh, why are you so stupid?” or “Nice one, Anna, well done!” followed by sarcastic slow clapping), flip the thought on its head. You’re not stupid, you’ve learned something new and valuable. Change that sarcastic clapping into genuine applause for a lesson well learned.

I know, it sounds a bit cringe-worthy, but it honestly works!

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

One of the most effective ways to boost your confidence is by stepping out of your comfort zone. Start small by engaging in activities that are slightly challenging, yet achievable. This could be anything from cooking a new recipe, taking a dance class, or even public speaking. Gradually, as you see yourself accomplishing these tasks, you will gain confidence and feel more ready to tackle larger challenges.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness can greatly help in building self-confidence. By staying in the present moment, you can focus on your achievements rather than dwelling on past mistakes or worrying about the future. Mindfulness meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises can help you cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and, subsequently, self-confidence.

Set And Achieve Small Goals

Setting small, realistic goals can significantly boost your self-esteem. The satisfaction you get when you achieve these goals reinforces your belief in your capabilities. These goals could be as simple as organising your workspace, finishing a book, or running a mile. The key is to set goals that are measurable, achievable, and time-bound. This allows you to clearly see your progress and accomplishment, leading to an increase in confidence.

Celebrate Your Achievements

Often, we downplay our achievements and focus on our failures. But celebrating your victories, no matter how small, can significantly improve your self-esteem. After accomplishing a goal, take time to acknowledge your success. Reward yourself with something you enjoy, be it a treat, a hobby, or a simple moment of relaxation. Celebrating success is a great way to reinforce the positive feeling associated with achievement.

Building confidence is a journey, not a destination. Remember, the goal is not to become perfect but to grow and evolve into a better version of yourself. So, don’t let a single setback derail your efforts. Use these exercises as a stepping stone to a more confident and self-assured you.

You are worthy, capable, and resilient. Believe in yourself, invest in your growth, and watch as your self-confidence blooms. And if you need a little help boosting your confidence and self-esteem, working with a life coach can be a huge help. Get in touch to learn more about how I can help you become a more confident version of yourself.