A confident person, will, without a doubt go far in life. Why? Because they believe wholeheartedly in themselves. They’re sure of who they are and proud of it. They believe that no matter what the circumstances possess the ability to accomplish success.
Confidence is wrapped up in every aspect of life. It is the fuel that motivates a person to succeed. It’s the resilience that helps them overcome fear and anxieties. Someone with high confidence is almost certain to be a successful professional, spouse, and friend.
Unfortunately, many people suffer from low self-confidence. Due to certain experiences and circumstances, they develop a deep sense of fear and doubt about who they are and what they can accomplish. This kind of thinking seeps into every area of their lives.
There are many things in life that can bring a person to this point emotionally. Recognizing what these things are and eliminating them from your life, therefore, can help you to rebuild your self-confidence. Take a look below at some of the things that drain your self-confidence:
Lack of Foundation
Not everyone grows up in an ideal household where there’s strong family history, culture, values, and beliefs. Many people grow up not knowing much about who they truly are, where they come from, and how that makes them unique. Years of not knowing your roots can unknowingly eat away at your self-confidence.
Thanks to modern science and technology, finding out who you are, where you come from, and building a foundation for yourself is a lot easier. They have DNA test results that can pinpoint exactly where your bloodline started. Knowing this information can lead you on a quest of self-discovery which opens your eyes to your uniqueness and builds your self-confidence.
The concept of comparing yourself to others, “coveting your neighbor’s wife”, and trying to “keep up with the Joneses” has been around for centuries. Yet, platforms like social media have taken this concept to an entirely different level. Now, everyone has instant access to the lives of others. Getting attention and competing for likes has become an addiction that slowly drains your self-confidence.
Social media is great for networking professionally and keeping in touch with friends and family, but it can also be dangerous for your self-confidence. It’s good to take a break from these platforms on occasion so you can live in the present and focus on your own life. When you stop caring so much about what’s going on in the lives of others and what people have to say about you, you can work towards feeling confident in yourself.
Many people who suffer from low self-confidence fail to take care of themselves. They’re either too busy caring for the needs of others or they’ve brought themselves to believe that it’s not worth it. When you neglect your physical and emotional needs, it deteriorates your health, alters your appearance, and thus, lowers your self-esteem.
When you take care of yourself you feel more confident. Taking care of yourself doesn’t just mean eating right and exercising either. It means doing things that bring you joy, pursuing your dreams, reducing stress, taking breaks, and finding purpose. As you do these things for yourself you rely less on the actions and opinions of others and boost your self-confidence.
At the end of the day, the biggest self-confidence drainer is self-doubt. The mind is more powerful than you might imagine. When you don’t believe that you’re good enough, can accomplish things, or deserve happiness, ultimately you hold yourself back from the positives in life. You become heavily dependent upon others to lift you up and become dissatisfied and depressed about life.
As hard as it can be at times to get out of your head, it is vital to your overall well-being. You’ve got to turn that negative thinking into positive. Start keeping a gratitude journal, repeat positive affirmations throughout the day, and set small goals and celebrate once you’ve accomplished them.
Self-confidence has more of an impact in your life than you may realize. Without a high confidence level, everything in life becomes ten times more complicated. No matter what you’ve been through thus far, it’s never too late to start rebuilding your self-confidence and reclaiming your life. Simply start with the advice above and take it one day at a time.