One of the most effective ways to improve one’s self-confidence is to do self-confidence exercises. There’s nothing like taking action! If you are looking for ideas that will help you increase your self-esteem, overcome shyness and become a more confident person, you are in the right place. I’ll share with you 6 self-confidence exercises that can change your life enormously!
Self-Confidence Exercises – #1: Expand your comfort zone
Do you know what comfort zone is? Here’s a good definition from Collins English Dictionary:
Comfort zone n: (psychology) a situation or position in which a person feels secure, comfortable, or in control.
If your comfort zone is small, there are a lot of situations that make you feel insecure, uncomfortable or nervous. This means that the bigger your comfort zone is, the more self-confident you feel. That’s why in order to improve your self-confidence you have to constantly step outside your comfort zone to make it bigger.
Expanding your comfort zone is one of the most important self-confidence exercises. How to practice getting outside your comfort zone? Here are 5 ideas:
Do something you’re afraid of
The best way to expand your comfort zone is to do things that you’re afraid of. Are you afraid of public speaking? Then join local Toastmasters group and learn how to speak in front of people. Are you afraid of interacting with pretty women? Take dance classes or visit other places where you can meet a lot of pretty women and talk with them. Face your fears instead of avoiding things that make you feel uncomfortable (it only reinforces your shyness).
Chitchat with strangers
Most shy people are afraid of speaking with strangers. Are you? Even if you aren’t, it’s a great way to expand your comfort zone. Try to speak with at least one stranger a day. Everyone can teach you something new. Moreover, speaking with strangers is a great way to improve your social skills. And you never know, maybe you’ll make a new friend!
Traveling is one of the most interesting self-confidence exercises because you have to challenge your beliefs and put yourself in a completely different culture (given that you travel to an exotic country) with people who can have completely different values than you. The most challenging way of traveling is traveling alone. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in a different culture (there’s nobody you know), learn something new about yourself and possibly even become a more resourceful person.
Put yourself in new social situations and make new friends
If you can’t travel, you can always put yourself in different situations at home. Have you ever visited opera? Museum? Theater? Put yourself in different social situations to experience something new, meet with people from a different subculture, with different hobbies or with a different attitude to life.
Change your habits
Your habits define you. Try to change some of them – eliminate negative ones and form new habits that will positively affect your life. Regularly introduce new positive habits to your life – it’s a great way to experiment and change your life.
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Self-Confidence Exercises – #2: Take up a new sport
Sport is a wonderful way to take care of your health, improve your appearance and increase your self-esteem. Moreover, it can make permanent mental changes. Sports that are in my opinion the best for improving your self-confidence:
- Weightlifting – lifting heavy weights (and of course the right diet) can tremendously improve your physique. Consequently, you’ll dramatically improve your self-esteem. In my opinion it’s the best sport that you can take to become more confident.
- Extreme sports – sports that change your attitude toward risk can completely change your attitude to life. Generally speaking, risk takers are usually more self-confident than people who avoid taking risks. And that’s a reason good enough to try some extreme sports.
- Endurance sports – sports that improve your conditioning make you a more persistent person. And that’s a great trait that tremendously helps in improving self-confidence.
Self-Confidence Exercises – #3: Observation
Watch highly confident people and analyze them. How do they interact with other people? How do they dress? How do they move? How do they make you feel? Another good way to use this technique is to watch movies portraying very confident people such as movies with James Bond.
There are many little things that separate self-confident people from insecure people and you can easily spot a lot of them by simply paying close attention to confident people. Analyze these little things and try to introduce some of them to your life!
Self-Confidence Exercises – #4: Control your thoughts
Are you in control of your thoughts? Most people don’t pay much attention to their thoughts. As a consequence, they complain, expect the worst, feel jealous and experience other negative emotions. None of these things can help you become a more confident person. In fact, all of these things can only make it harder to achieve self-confidence.
Negative thoughts are like weeds. The more you allow them to grow, the harder it is to sow positive thoughts. Start paying more attention to your thoughts. You can start a 21 day no-complaint challenge. The idea is very simple: go 21-days without complaining. It’ll be very difficult, but when you try it, you’ll find that your entire life is more positive and more enjoyable. And that will positively affect your self-esteem and consequently your self-confidence.
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Self-Confidence Exercises – #5: Act on your goals
Do highly successful people ever feel shy? While it’s possible that they feel insecure from time to time, I’m sure that the majority of them are very self-confident and there’s a very simple reason why. Do you know what the reason is? It’s because they ACHIEVED something that matters a lot to them.
Feeling of achievement is an extremely powerful self-confidence booster, and in some cases it increases your self-esteem permanently. You too can benefit from it, even if you are far from those wildly successful people. How? Set goals, create a plan and achieve them.
People who act on their dreams (and make them come true) are happier, and as a result, more self-confident. Self-confidence means “belief in yourself and your abilities”. Is there any better way to get more self-confidence in yourself than achieving your dreams?
Self-Confidence Exercises – #6: Express gratitude
Cicero wrote that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others”. He was absolutely correct!
Try the following exercise: every morning or every night before you go to sleep think of at least 10 things that you’re grateful for. It’s a very powerful practice that will make you a more positive and happier person. Grateful people have higher levels of well-being. Moreover, they are more relaxed, more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. The happier and more satisfied with life you are, the more self-confident you feel!
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