Since we spoke about self-esteem last week, let’s dive into self-confidence this week.
Having confidence in yourself is, above all, knowing yourself; it is believing in your potential and in your abilities. To assess our self-confidence, we should be able to calculate how much we consider ourselves to be capable, in general.
Self-confidence is acquired through internal security, an affirmation of needs, acquisition of skills, and recognition by others. The work of self-confidence is a work of introspection. An individual who knows themselves, and who knows how to accept themselves, will have greater self-confidence than a person who spends their time questioning themselves.
Self-confidence grows and continues to evolve over the course of an individual’s life. It is particularly important during the first years of a child’s life, but also during the period of adolescence. Family and parents then play a decisive role.
Each of us experiences a lack of self-confidence at some point in our life. A lack of self-confidence is expressed through a multiplicity of feelings: shyness, lack of confidence, insecurity, doubt, etc. It is possible to be insecure in some situations and be very confident in others. Self-confidence also varies depending on the event.
Here are a couple of great activities to help you build and sustain your self-confidence:
1. Complete the following about yourself:
- List 4 or more qualities
- List 2 or more strengths
- List 3 nice gestures or things I have done for someone
- List 4 activities/hobbies I excel in
- List one of the nicest compliments you have ever received.
2. Goal setting: make a list of 3 goals. For every goal but an end date. For every goal, write 5 tasks you need to do to achieve this goal.
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