Being confident in today’s world is tough, brutal actually. And while it may seem like your troubles are coming at you from the outside, there are things you’re doing every day that are killing your confidence without you even realizing it. Alex Perry, CEO of Practically Speaking, shares with us four sneaky confidence killers and what to do about them.
Self-Talk. It may seem innocent, or even a little funny, negative self-talk
is a big-time confidence killer. Phrases like “I’m such a mess.” “I’m so dumb.”
“Today just isn’t my day” or “I’m so out of shape” increases your insecurity
and programs your brain for failure. If you want to feel more confident, speak
kindly to yourself.
Yourself to Others. Social comparison, whether it happens online
or in-person, is a confidence no-no. If you’re constantly looking at what
others do or have and wondering, “why can’t I do or have that?” you’re killing
your confidence. Instead, focus on what you’re doing and practice being
grateful for what you do and have.
3.) Trying to tackle too much. There’s
nothing more defeating than getting to the end of your day and counting up all
the items on your to-do list that you didn’t get done. All too often we think
if we just get more done, we’ll feel better, but the opposite is true. Instead
of doing everything, create a small list, and focus on doing those tasks well.
Knowing that you did what you needed to do, and did it well will give you a
huge confidence boost at the end of your day!
4.) Overthinking. Have
you ever overthought about something? Overthinking a problem or decision will
leave you feeling stuck and unsuccessful. Often, we overthink because we’re
worried about being wrong. So, to get yourself unstuck and moving forward,
change your thought. Instead of thinking about all the possibilities of what
could go wrong, think about what could go right! Just thinking about positive
outcomes will go a long way to boosting your confidence!
To learn more about
confidence and communication, visit Alex at www.pswithalex.com, and be sure to follow her @pswithalex on Facebook and