As we all know it takes confidence to do just about anything in life. Â When you start your own business it takes a ton of confidence. Â If you didn’t have any, why would you even start? Â So if you feel like you may be lacking a little bit of confidence whether in your business or in life, here are some ways to improve and become a more confident person from,Â Kim Lachance Shandrow.
Confidence. Youâ€™re not born with it. Well, probably not. Like muscle mass, you build it up over time. Many of us donâ€™t, though. We sheepishly slog through life at half-strength, not even close to living up to our full potential, at work, in love, you name it. How sad is that?
Truth is, we donâ€™t have the nerve to live our best life. We play it safe. The fear of failing — and being ridiculed for it — is too strong.
The good news is itâ€™s never too late to get your mojo working. Without getting too Stuart Smalley self-help hokey here, do yourself a favor and accept that you can one day wake up feeling strong, capable and confident. Ready to take on the world. But not without strutting outside of your comfort zone first and often.
Confidence-building is a virtuous cycle. No one but you is in the driverâ€™s seat. All you have to do is buckle up and try something you’ve never tried before, something youâ€™re not sure you can do, something that scares you. Speak in front of a live audience. Take on a 5K. Stand up for yourself when you need to. Then try something else new. Do it again and again until you know deep down in your bones that youâ€™re unstoppable, like thereâ€™s nothing you canâ€™t do.
And end scene. Pep talk over. Now itâ€™s time for action. To get you marching confidently in the direction of your dreams, hereâ€™s an inspiring list of 10 confidence-boosting activities to try. Theyâ€™re all totally doable and theyâ€™re all neatly packaged in an encouraging infographic that fittingly comes to by way of the brave souls behind Vegas Extreme Skydiving.
Go on, take the leap. Work your way boldly down the list. We dare you. Itâ€™ll only make you stronger.
Kim Lachance Shandrow is a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com.Â