One time or another, I am sure we have all gone through a period where confidence in ourselves doesn't come as easy. Low-confidence can be a result of many factors including: fear of the unknown, criticism, being unhappy with personal appearance, feeling unprepared, poor time-management, lack of knowledge or previous failures. The confidence we have in ourselves to perform roles and tasks can increase and decrease -- some days we may feel more confident than others.
A lack of confidence can lead to a significant decline in daily performance. It is easy to let our mind get the best of us, and has caused many to crack under pressure. There are many ways to help improve your self-confidence:
- Prepare. Do your homework. Recognize tendencies and make adjustments in the areas where your self-confidence is lacking.
- Practice. Do something each day to get you closer to where you want to be as an individual. Repetition is key in skill development & motor learning.
- Progress. There is always something new to learn every day. Be open to new opportunities for growth and development.
- Positive. Keep a good head on your shoulders and surround yourself with supportive mentors, coaches and professionals who will help guide you.
Make it a goal to do something each day to take me a step closer to where you see yourself individually or professionally. Some days may be better than others, regardless, these small reminders will help keep your self-confidence in check. In order for others to believe in you and your abilities, you must first demonstrate a confidence that you believe in yourself.
Written by: Megan Osysko