There might be times that we find ourselves being stuck in an abyss of negativity. We won’t push ourselves to excel in life, be it in our education, jobs or general day to day life. Our judgemental outlook on ourselves can end up being more damaging than good. This perpetual cycle might have us going round and round in circles which might feel unbreakable at points.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel…
Confidence is something some people might naturally feel more inclined to whilst others might need to train themselves to feel the positive feel-good vibes. Whichever way, it isn’t impossible to boost your confidence and promote a positive outlook to improve your mental wellbeing. Models will know that being in front of the camera requires being confident and at ease in front of others.
So, cast aside those negative, niggling thoughts! Here are our four handy tips to shed away negativity and help you boost your self-confidence.
- Bin those pesky negative thoughts
As a tip, we recognise that this might be the challenging one to conquer. It isn’t easy to let go of years of damaging thoughts and feelings. Nevertheless, baby steps are a good way to start, and realising that it will take some time is a good way to commit to your self-confidence journey. Let go of anything that may be holding you back (like yourself mainly!). Quit being tough on yourself and talking yourself out of opportunities such as a career move, promotions, modelling assignments or new friendships.
Top tip: Write your feelings down. Journaling how you are feeling is a good way of expressing yourself. NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) encourages you to visualise your worries and let them float away or be boxed up and put away. It’s a psychological approach that involves analysing methods used by successful individuals, applying them to reach a personal goal. It’s about learning new behaviour and undoing old to achieve a positive result.
- Powerful positive affirmations
An excellent and easy way of reinforcing self-belief is to read or write your individualised positive affirmations. They are the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment, helping to engrain self-confidence.
Start your day off by saying positive things to yourself. It might seem hard at first especially if you’ve never done it before. Hey, it might even feel somewhat strange but that goes with trying out anything new in life. Give it a go and you never know; it might become a part of your morning routine in next to no time.
Writing it down and reading aloud is also another suggestion. Sticking post-it notes with your favourite positive phrases you’d like to say to yourself more often near your mirror, fridge, living quarters and work or study space is also a handy tip.
If you’re stuck on what to write, here are some of our favourite quotes to help kick-start your self-confidence journey:
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your powers, you cannot be successful or happy – Norman Vincent Peale.
Do not give your past the power to define your future.
When you let go you create space for something better.
I am the architect of my life; I build it’s foundation and choose its contents.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt.
Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: Work! – Jack Nicklaus.
There are lots more quotes to take inspiration from. So, get searching online and give it a go! You’re a person full of abilities and skills who can give so much. Don’t doubt yourself!
- Focus on your successes
Remember times of your successes – in exams, interviews, presentations, meeting new people and so on. Don’t allow yourself to forget the things that you did so well in the past, as easy as this may be. Keep remembering these times! Channelling out the unsuccessful moments can be a challenge as sometimes we dwell on those times that we’d rather forget but struggle to let go of.
Bonus tip: Again, writing your successful moments and stories is a great way of reminding yourself of how you bossed it during a challenge. This will help keep your mind set staying in the positive sphere, ready to take on new challenges with greater confidence in your abilities and skills.
- Talk about it
If you feel comfortable, talk about your feelings to someone you can confide in – a family member or friend who you trust. They say that a problem shared is a problem halved. It might be that talking to someone can help you see things from a different perspective whilst receiving useful advice.
Feeling confident is a great way of promoting your well-being and staying positive. It can be a struggle to keep it consistent but that doesn’t mean to say that it isn’t an achievable goal.
Use these four tips to help you boost your confidence and fast track your journey on the self-confidence road.