Self-confidence is a skill one needs to teach him or herself. This is not true at all that confidence, leadership and public speaking are the abilities people are born with. These are no more abilities, rather they are skills which can be learned and which can be taught.
Here are a few ways enlisted by a veteran executive that would help you to become self-confident.
Initiate the day with gratitude.
Begin the day by thinking about some of the things you have to be grateful for. Most of the 7 billion people in the world won’t have the opportunities you do. If you start out with that perspective, you’ll be in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day.
Begin at the end
“There are so many people that I’ve asked, ‘What do you want to do? What do you want to be?’ and they would say, ‘I don’t know,’” Blalock says. “Knowing what you want is the key. Everything else you do should be leading you where you want to go.”
Remember: Dogs don’t chase parked cars.
If you’re running into opposition, questions, and doubts, there’s probably a good reason–you’re going somewhere. That doesn’t mean you should ignore warning signs, but it does mean you should put those negatives in perspective. If you don’t make changes, and challenge the status quo, no one will ever object to anything you do.
Get ready to bounce back.
“It’s not failure that destroys our confidence, it’s not getting back up,” Blalock says. “Once we get back up, we’ve learned what doesn’t work and we can give it another try.” Blalock points out that the baseball players with the biggest home run records also have the biggest strikeout records. Taking more swings gets you where you want to go.
Find a mentor.
Whatever you’ve set out to do, there are likely others who’ve done it first and can offer you useful advice or at least serve as role models. Find those people and learn as much from them as you can.
Do your homework.
In almost any situation, preparation can help boost your confidence. If you have to give a speech, practice it several times, record yourself, and listen. Meeting people for the first time? Check them and their organizations out on the Web, and check their social media profiles as well. “If you’re prepared you will be more confident,” Blalock says. “The Internet makes it so easy.”
“This one is so simple,” Blalock says. “If you breathe heavily, it saturates your brain with oxygen and makes you more awake and aware. It’s very important in a tense situation because it will make you realize that you control your body, and not your unconscious mind. If you’re not practicing breathing, you should be.”
Source: news tribe