Confidence is a topic we always come back to on The College Juice. Why? Because confidence is the fuel you need to give you that extra kick in college, on the job, and just life in general. Here are five ways you can start working more self confidence into your day.
1. Focus on your strengths.
Have you ever heard that famous Albert Einstien quote? You know — the one that goes, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Yes? Okay, good.
Having confidence means knowing that you may not be good at everything, but there are some things you’re a total rockstar at. Be the fish that knows he’s Michael Phelps, not the one still worrying about the tree.
2. Hand out compliments when it’s deserved.
Wait…Compliment others? Yes, that’s exactly what we mean. Although we’re sure getting a compliment yourself would give you some confidence, it also works the other way around. Making others smile is an effortless way to feel good about yourself, and — who knows — maybe they’ll offer a compliment in return!
3. Start saying “yes” to new things.
This is basically one of those “face your fears head on” tactics. The more you expose yourself to new situations, the more confident you’ll feel whenever life throws a curve ball at you. Got a presentation next week? Pshh…that’s nothing compared to the karaoke gig you said “yes” to last week!
4. Take the extra time to get ready.
While we’re total believers that you should love your appearance no matter what, there’s no doubt that you get an extra dose of confidence when you’re totally feeling your look that day. We say go ahead and rock that bold lip, spend the extra time picking out a pair of shoes, and don’t forget to glance at how fresh you look when you pass by your bedroom mirror!
5. Think ahead and prepare.
Sometimes a lack of confidence is due to a certain situation — like a job interview you’re not sure you’re cut out for, or a major exam that’s worth a big chunk of your final grade. If you know what’s causing your doubt, start preparing ASAP! When you’ve gotten a good amount of studying in, or you’ve done plenty of research before your interview, you’ll feel way more confident when the big day approaches.
Can you think of anything we didn’t list? Share your best tips in the comments below.