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8 Simple Ways to Boost Confidence

Updated on March 9, 2017
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Alyssa has studied psychology, philosophy, religion, and the arts. She loves sharing her thoughts, ideas, and papers with the world.

Confidence is a major key to success. We are naturally drawn to people who have positive, upbeat attitudes who accomplish tasks with ease and project confidence in themselves and their lives. We admire people who are successful, poised, and self-assured. We all aspire to achieve goals, find happiness, and live fruitful lives. Having confidence in ourselves and our abilities is essential—but every now and then, we can get stuck in a rut. The following eight tips are simple, quick, and effective. Read on to learn how to boost your confidence today.

1. Exercise

One of the best ways to boost your confidence is through regular, consistent exercise. Fitness provides a great release for anxiety, stress, and anger. There is nothing better than a good, sweaty, cardio session that gets your heart pumping to make you feel strong and confident. Going for a run outside will help you clear your head and connect with nature. You could also try a HIIT workout or boxing. Dancing is a great option. Crank up your favorite song and just move around the house, or take a class and learn some new moves. Lift weights, do a kettlebell workout, or browse YouTube to switch it up. When you make fitness a priority, you look good, and more importantly, you feel good. This will allow your confidence to radiate outward.

I am Yoga Challenge - I am Confident - Bad Yogi

2. Strike A Pose

The way you carry yourself speaks volumes. Hunched over, head down, with a frown on your face sends the message that you are closed off, feeling angry, blue, anxious, nervous, or that you are simply unfriendly. When you stand tall, shoulders back, heart open, face forward with a smile, you radiate confidence.

Improving your posture is a simple act that can have major rewards. In our day and age, it can be difficult to stand tall with a straight spine. We spend many hours hunched over our computers and phones, and slouching in our chairs and on the couch. Yoga is a great practice that can help improve your posture. More than just a fitness fad or crazy contortions on Pinterest and Instagram, Yoga helps connect your body with your mind, relieving stress and promoting happiness, as well as improving your balance and your posture. Just as regular, consistent exercise helps improve your confidence, so does a regular Yoga practice. A little bit goes a long way.

For an instant confidence boost, strike a power pose! Stand with your feet a little wider than hip width apart. Roll your shoulders back, opening the chest, and place your hands on your hips. Engage your abs, imagining your bellybutton being drawn back to your spine. Lift your chin slightly and take a deep breath. Continue to breathe deeply for up to a minute. You can close your eyes or take a soft gaze. Try this in the morning when you wake up, before you begin your day. Visualize yourself having a wonderful day! You can also strike this pose before an interview, a major meeting, a date, a workout, or whenever you need a boost.

3. Breathe

Sometimes the best option is the simplest. Taking a few moments to pause and concentrate on your breath can be incredibly liberating, helping calm any anxiety or stress, and allowing you to focus on the task at hand with quiet confidence.

To practice this easy tip: Inhale for a count of four. Pause. Hold the breath for a count of four. Slowly exhale for a count of four. Repeat this a few times for a confidence boost!

For a fun variation, try alternate nostril breathing, a technique from yoga that helps calm the nerves and relax the mind and body. Check out the video below from Yoga with Adriene to learn how to do it.

Alternate Nostril Breathing - Yoga with Adriene

4. Be Prepared

Nothing makes a person confident more than being prepared. No matter the situation, happenstance, or event, being prepared shows that you care about yourself, your audience, and the occurrence. If you are getting ready for an interview, do your homework. Read up on the company. Update your resume. Know what the expectations are for the position you are applying for and how you would excel at that position and help the company. Look up common interview questions and think about how you would answer them. Practice answering questions in the mirror. While you don't want to appear scripted, practicing will help calm nervousness and allow you to feel more confident. If you are speaking at an event, read up on the topic. Know what you are going to say and practice, practice, practice! Attending an event or party? Have a few ice breakers prepared and keep up with current events so that you can join in on conversations and have an educated opinion. Practice makes perfect and being prepared for any event or situation will bring peace of mind and help you feel more confident.

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.

— Arthur Ashe

5. Visualize

Visualization is a simple, yet powerful, practice that only takes a few minutes and can be applied to every area of life. For example, before getting up in the morning, visualize how you want your day to go. See yourself accomplishing all your daily tasks with ease and confidence. Likewise, before a big meeting, take a minute to visualize yourself successfully giving your presentation, pitch, or speech. See yourself answering any concerns or questions with ease and confidence. By practicing this easy and quick technique, you are mentally preparing yourself, sending positive vibes out into the universe, and improving your confidence.

6. Dress For Success

First impressions are important and you only get one chance to get it right. Boost your confidence and increase your chance of success by dressing appropriately for any occasion. Always be sure to practice good hygiene, and in the case of perfume or cologne, remember the rule: less is more. Be sure to brush your hair and keep your nails trimmed and clean. Facial hair should be kept tidy as well. As for wardrobe, be sure that your outfit is appropriate for the occasion. Business casual doesn't mean workout attire. Ripped jeans, sagging waistlines, short skirts, and plunging tops should not be worn in the workplace. If you are unsure of the guidelines for the occasion, a simple internet search will prove helpful. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and leave it. Having a few classic pieces that you can mix and match is a great way to get more life out of your wardrobe. Find pieces that you love and feel good in. Wear those pieces or that outfit when you need a little confidence boost. When you feel good in what you are wearing, you no longer are worried or preoccupied with how you look. Then you can focus on putting your best foot forward and you will project an aura of confidence.

7. Power Playlist

Listening to music is a great way to boost confidence and feel good. There are many options for streaming music online and on your phone. I love using Spotify. It's free and you can log on with your computer or use the app on your phone. There are thousands of songs and hundreds of playlists to fit any mood or occasion. You can create your own playlist of songs that pump you up and make you feel unstoppable, listening anytime you need a boost.

8. Find A Killer Quote

I have a notebook filled with my favorite quotes. I started it my freshman year in high school and have kept adding to it ever since. Quotes are fun and inspirational. They are full of knowledge, put feelings into words, and teach life lessons. Find a few quotes that inspire you. Search online or browse Pinterest for your favorites. Save a few to your phone, or print some out to hang up around your house. It's a great way to get inspired, motivate yourself to accomplish various tasks, and boost your confidence.

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.

— Joe Namath

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      Alyssa 5 months ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Janis! :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 5 months ago from Washington, DC

      Very useful, informative and well-written. Everyone can use a little confidence boost. Numbers 2, 3, and 4 are often taken for granted but so important. Nice article, Alyssa.