Saturday, September 4, 2010
10 Ways to Build Confidence
It is necessary to build confidence when doing something new like public speaking. It is the same for a senior citizen to use the PC for the first time or for an American to learn Chinese. You can take the following tips to build confidence and bring you success in doing something you have not done before
1. Do it now: According to Dale Carnegie, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Taking action is the only way to build self- confidence. Just do it.
2. Take the first small step: The first small step is a giant steep and a critical step. Congratulate yourself that you have taken the courage to take the first attempt to learn something new.
3. Do it daily and do it often: The next thing is to continue learning it so that it becomes a habit .The more often you do it, like learning a foreign language, it will become easier.
4. Nothing can replace personal experience: Expect to fail but learn from it. Personal experiences are the best lesson in life. You will learn a lot more from your own personal encounters rather than learning from others their mistakes and failures.
5. Find out more about the nitty-gritty of the things that you are learning: Learn more about the subject to understand the working mechanism of it. The more you know, the more you will understand and the easier it is for you to learn and master.
6. Be interested: It is easier to learn something which is beneficial to you and you are also interested in. Don’t try to pick up something just because your friends are doing it. Do something that you are passionate about.
7. Think of your past achievements: Your previous successes will motivate you to be confident of yourself in doing new things
8. High self-esteem: Believe in yourself that you can do it and feel good about yourself as what you are with all your strengths and weaknesses. .
9. Positive emotions: Generate positive thoughts and be cheerful, joyful, hopeful and optimistic. Positive emotions promote confidence.
10. Preparation: As an example, you are about to do a presentation. You have done your homework and you have also done mock presentation several times before the actual day. By being well-prepared you will be sure of yourself because preparation is the key to build self-confidence.
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale
The Confidence Plan: How to Build a Stronger You
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