Being confident is a delicate balance that many people have difficulty keeping. On the one hand, overconfidence can lead to arrogance that causes individuals to view themselves as better than or more important than other people. On the other hand, a lack of confidence causes self-doubt that will hinder creativity and can lead to blue emotions such as dejection and depression. Confidence is an arousal emotion where you believe in yourself and your abilities, and you can take steps to build confidence in yourself.
Steps to Creating Confidence:
- Trust yourself. Believe that you will be able to learn, grow, and accomplish your goals.
- Leave your comfort zone. Taking risks and trying new things will show you that you are capable of more than you realize.
- Accept praise. Be comfortable with well-deserved praise, but do not demand it. Refusing praise is not the same thing as humility.
- Be humble. Being humble sounds out of place on a list of ways to improve your confidence. We often mistake the concept of humility for humiliation, but they are separate. Being humble means we honestly recognize our limitations as well as our positive attributes. Being humble means you can understand where you need to improve and you are willing to learn.