6 Ways to Overcome Anxiety and Build Self-Confidence
You may want to overcome anxiety when starting conversations and asserting yourself is difficult. Some people give up on change and developing confidence, but the truth is you can still learn to be confident.
All forms of anxiety come from a lack of belief in your ability to handle situations. Social anxiety comes from fear of being negatively evaluated and rejected by others. General anxiety often comes from negative beliefs and low self-esteem. When you lack self-confidence you don’t feel capable of communicating with others or facing any of the inevitable challenges life throws at you.
We need self-confidence to accomplish everything. When we approach tasks doubting our ability to succeed it can negatively impact our performance. When you are confident it becomes much easier to make friends and succeed in your career.
If you are ready to build self-confidence, follow these tips:
Write Down Your Goals
I know this is common advice. But people should encounter this one tip until they eventually pull out a notebook and write down detailed plans for achieving all their goals.
You can start by writing all the goals you believe are achievable for you. Next, write some things you really want to accomplish but never had the courage to admit. Also be sure to write down skills you want to learn and fears you want to overcome.
As you start achieving your ambitions, you will start to feel more self-confident. You will be able to look back on your accomplishments and open your mind to even more potential.
Spend Time with Supportive People
Spending time with people who support you and encourage you to improve is very helpful. The right person will help you feel better about yourself even when others have been critical.
This shouldn’t be difficult. Most people naturally gravitate to people who confirm their own biases and share the same opinions. When they complain about their life you can offer them support and naturally expect the same favor in return.
Spend Time with Critical People
This is the opposite of the previous example. The truth is you can’t constantly surround yourself with only positive opinions all the time. You are only deluding yourself. Eventually, someone will say something negative to you and your positive image of yourself will be built on a weak foundation.
To build a strong foundation, you should be honest with yourself. This means considering the ideas of more pessimistic and critical opinion. They might be wrong. But there is also the possibility that they have a point. Perhaps, they can share some insights that can help you improve.
Also, try to pay attention to the motivations of critical people. If they are just trying to insult you then maybe they suffer from low self-esteem and just want to tear down other people’s confidence.
Some people might just want to share their knowledge because they really want to see you improve. Just because they say something negative doesn’t mean you should ignore them.