How to Build Confidence?
How do you build confidence? In this post, we will share a few tips to help you build confidence in yourself, your kids, friends or just the people you care about.
What is Confidence?
Let’s first define what confidence is. The word ‘confidence’ has multiple meaning depending on the context. In this blog post, we define it as the feeling or state of belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.
Do you consider yourself confident? A lot of people do not feel confident in many ways. You may ask why is it important to be confident? If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will. This has to do with doing business with people, making friendships, trusting with important task, hiring for a job, finding a partner in life, etc. Your life depends on your confidence in many ways.
So how to build confidence?
Tip #1 How to Build Confidence: Walk with Confidence
It has been proven that the way you carry yourself and appear to others dictates whether they perceive you as a confident person or not.
First of all, moving with confidence starts with what you do every singe day – walk.
Now, most parents have not spent much time teaching their kids HOW TO walk. As a child, the moment you took a couple of steps and could somewhat wobble on your own without holding your parents’ hands, your parents decided that you were good to go for the rest of your life! So yes, we say blame your parents… And your parents can blame their parents and so forth. 🙂
However, the good news is that you CAN fix and improve your walk.
Start by straightening your back. This means that you have to push your shoulder blades back and relax your shoulders downward. Then begin walking on one track one foot after the other. Each side of your body should sway matching each foot, yet your arms should swing opposite to your feet. This allows for a beautiful and graceful walk encompassing 3D movement.
So the very first tip on how to build confidence is to learn walking with confidence. The best way to do that is to start taking dance lessons, for example, Latin and Ballroom.
Tip #2 How to Build Confidence: Improve your Posture
In order to improve your posture, start by sitting straight. Push your shoulder blades back and relax your shoulders downward.
If you sit the majority of time during the day, you might want to use some tricks to help you remember to watch your posture.
Some of the tricks you can use include putting the computer screen aiming upward while sitting properly. That way you only can see the screen well when your back is straight.
Or if you drive, you can fix your rear-view mirror, the driver and passenger mirrors while sitting properly in good posture. Then when you realize you can’t see in the mirrors properly you will instantly remember that you are not sitting straight. As a result, you will fix your posture accordingly.
Moreover, dancing also improves your posture significantly. Whether you do smooth dance styles like Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot or Viennese Waltz or rhythm dance styles like Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo, Swing, Hustle, or even Latin street dance styles like Salsa, Bachata and Merengue – all of these dance styles will help you achieve a graceful posture.
We hope you will use some of these tricks to help you improve your posture.
Tip #3 How to Build Confidence: Believe that You Can
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
These are famous words by Henry Ford. We agree, thinking that you can is the first step to building your confidence. You have to believe in yourself, because that is the part of achieving anything you want.
Tip #4 How to Build Confidence: Fake It Till You Make It
If you can’t believe in yourself right away, then at least pretend to be confident as you push towards it. The most important thing is that you shut out all the negative thoughts and self-talk where you are putting yourself down, and start pushing towards bettering yourself. It is important to realize the power of thought. As per Buddha, “The mind is everything.What you think, you become.”
Light up the Night… with Confidence
We were honoured to be part of the Light Up the Night fundraiser on November 3rd, 2018, in support of individuals with facial differences to share their confidence and beauty with the public. This fashion show was a true celebration of beauty, diversity, uniqueness and confidence. Check out AboutFace to learn more how you can get involved and help.
Lesson by Access Ballroom: How to Build Confidence on a Runway
It was amazing working with the kids, youths and young adults to help them prepare for the fashion show. They have such amazing souls and a joy to life. You cannot help but smile thanks to their positive outlook.
Gil Bynoe, Access Ballroom Director, says, “These kids and young people have dealt with the situations in life that are not easy for most people to handle, and yet I saw such amazing and positive people, that it warmed my heart. They already had the confidence in them. So all I needed to do was to bring it out of them and let it shine on the catwalk.”
“Having spent a bit of time with them, I could say that they where hungry and ready to learn. Once I saw them walk that night with the little amount of preparation time that we had before the fashion show, all I could say was that I was proud. Proud of the way that they presented themselves and the confidence that they displayed walking down the runway.”
“Though I could tell just by looking, I also learned afterwards that they had continued to practice even after my How to Walk with Confidence lesson. Nothing makes a teacher prouder than the students that really try hard to better themselves and apply themselves to the task at hand.”
We have so much to learn from these young people. Especially how to light up the entire night with confidence and positive outlook.
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