Increasing confidence will raise your self-esteem and is a definite first step towards feeling happier.
As a psychologist, I know that self-esteem is affected by unhealthy choices, negative life events such as losing your job or having a valued relationship end, frustrating relationships, and an overall sense of lack of control.
Low self-esteem can and often does lead to depression, anxiety, insecurity and an overall feeling of unhappiness. The inner criticism – that nagging voice of disapproval inside you, causes you to stumble at every challenge and feel that overcoming challenges is near impossible.
You deserve to live the life you deserve!
Below are a few tips to increase your confidence, and in so doing, increase your overall happiness.
5 essential tips by Sigal Consulting to help you gain confidence:
1. Face your fears, head on
Until you gain the courage to face your fears head on, you won’t truly see how strong you are, make a positive change today.
2. Forget your failures, focus on your strengths
Learn from experiences. Avoid making the same mistakes again but do not limit yourself by assuming you failed in the past so you won’t succeed in the future. Try again, and again and again! Don’t let the past dictate your future!
Once you’ve identified what is troubling you, pay attention to your thoughts about this. This includes your “self-talk” (what you tell yourself) and how you interpret the situation. Your thoughts and beliefs might be positive or negative. They might be rational, based on reason or facts; or they may be irrational, based on false perceptions. If this is the case, you need to invest time and effort to change these negative thoughts.
4. Being assertive
You deserve to have your dreams come true! Know what you want and simply ask for it. Don’t let people step on you or knock you down, you are Number 1, and that should be reflected onto the people you meet.
5. Reward yourself
It isn’t easy to make ends meet, so when you succeed, remember to reward yourself. Everything is easier when you take time to help yourself. Make a list of your successes and focus on the positive.
For help building your confidence and raising your self-esteem from an experienced psychologist contact Sigal Consulting today.