To be confident is to trust in our ability to engage positively and successfully with others.
Confidence comes from the Latin fidere, "to trust." A self-confident person is ready to rise to new challenges, seize opportunities, deal with difficult situations, and take responsibility when things get difficult. Life coaches and successful entrepreneurs agree that confidence is based on the possession or development of some, or all, of the following elements.
To be more confident, develop these eight characteristics.
1. SELF-WORTH Understanding your self-worth is key to building confidence. Self-worth is how you hold yourself within yourself and what do you expect from the world as a result.
2. SELF-CONFIDENCE Build discipline in your daily routine. Every day discipline affects your psyche, your future, and your entire life. When you do your best, you feel good and self-confidence raises. It will allow you to raise above your circumstances.
3. ENTHUSIASM The enthusiasm that comes from deep inside inspires others and increases confidence.
4. EXPERTISE Master something you are good at and that you are passionate about. When you do what you love, and you love what you do, enthusiasm will facilitate expertise.
5. PREPARATION Prepare yourself for success. Some people believe that life does not give us what we want, it gives us what we deserve. When you prepare yourself to receive what you want, you will be in a better position to receive it and enjoy it.
Become a person of high values and principles. Be a person of integrity so others can trust you and look up to you. Values are beliefs, opinions, or standards of behavior that a person has regarding specific issues or ideas. Your core values are your fundamental beliefs that dictate your thought process and behavior. These may or may not change over time. Principles are unwritten laws that are considered universal, like fairness and justice, and that we are expected to follow in society.
Rely on yourself. You are the only person responsible for yourself and your personal and professional growth.
8. IMAGE How you present yourself and how others perceive you will develop or diminish your self-confidence and perhaps your success.