Confidence can be described as a belief in one’s self and one’s ability to succeed. Striking a healthy balance between too much and too little confidence can be challenging. Too much and you can come off as cocky and stumble into unforeseen obstacles when you overestimate your own abilities or fail to complete projects on deadline because you underestimate the time and effort they require.
At the same time, having too little confidence can prevent you from taking risks and seizing opportunities—in school, at work, in your social life, and beyond. Projecting just enough confidence helps you gain credibility, make a good lasting first impression, deal with pressure and meet personal and professional challenges head-on.
One of the best ways to boost your confidence is the A-B-C Method of building confidence: just ACT confident, BELIEVE you can be confident, finally, you just are… CONFIDENT.
To follow the first step of this ‘formula’, as Amy Cuddy revealed in her awesome Ted Talk: Simply standing in “power poses” can lead to changes in hormone levels and make you feel more powerful. Just by going through the motions, you can change how you feel.
In order to believe that you are confident, remember that everyone is born with unstoppable confidence. It’s not a just a “gift” that some people have. It’s a skill anyone can practice and (re-) learn.
And at the end of the day, what one needs to keep in mind is that confident people aren’t right all the time. The difference is, they’re not afraid to be wrong. So, don’t be afraid to be wrong and walk a little taller than you usually do today itself!