How to Improve Confidence using Exercises, Activities, Games

Your level of self-confidence can be shown in many ways: how you speak, your body language, your behavior, what you say and how you say it, your willingness to speak up for yourself and your attitudes. People gain a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence when they see themselves completing tasks, mastering skills and achieving goals with a positive attitude. It is this confidence that is the kernel for success. It is this type of self confidence that encourages people to take on more difficult goals and tasks, and persist despite setbacks and slippages. Success breeds success, confidence builds more confidence. This overlaps with the concept of self-esteem, which is more general and relates to how people feel they can cope with what's happening in their lives. Partly, this is derived from a how people other people feel about and approve of themselves, which may or may not be controllable by the person affected.

Many people are naturally unsure of themselves and have a low opinion of their abilities. However self-confidence and self-esteem can be built and improved with positive thinking and affirmations. But what works best is to build self-confidence and positive feeling by setting and achieving goals. The reinforces the change in attitude.

Confidence - 1906 - Helen Hyde
Confidence - 1906 - Helen Hyde. Source: Public Domain
Source: Public Domain
Source: Public Domain
Source: Public Domain
Source: Public Domain

The most common short-comings that develop from with low self-confidence are:

How to Build Your Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is a skill that can be learned and developed through exercises, rather like building muscles through weight training. Regular confidence-building activities - like visualisation techniques and setting achievable goals and achieving them can be very effective way of building self-esteem and self-confidence. Many exercises involve positive attitudes and visualisation - standing up, shutting your eyes and visualizing a circular area into which you can step and feel confident to do risky things you would not feel confident about doing.

Building self-confidence can be done through effort, determination and the willingness to stick to it. Using the analogy of a journey there are our three steps to self-confidence:preparing for the journey; getting started; and building momentum to drive towards success.

Step 1: Preparing for Your Journey

To prepare you need to realistically assess how you feel about yourself, what you have achieved. You also need to think about where you want to go, how to get there and what yo will need along the way once you start. The elements of this are:

Step 2: Setting Out on the Road to Self-Confidence

Having developed plan it is time to start on the journey:

Step 3: Driving Towards Success

By this stage, your self-confidence will be building and your will be aware of the success of the steps you have taken. Now it is time to start stretching yourself further by flexing your self-confidence muscles that you have developed. Start making larger and more ambitions goals and bigger risks.

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