Building Confidence, One Brick at a Time

“Self-confidence is contagious.” -Stephen Richards

No matter who you are, what profession you are in, or how long you have been in your industry, building confidence is a life-long task. For some, confidence comes naturally, while others need to work harder to develop theirs. Read on to learn some of our best tips to develop your confidence. 

What is confidence? 

Psychology Today describes confidence as “confidence is a belief in oneself, the conviction that one has the ability to meet life’s challenges and to succeed—and the willingness to act accordingly. Being confident requires a realistic sense of one’s capabilities and feeling secure in that knowledge.” 

Displaying confidence appropriately helps gain credibility, puts people at ease, and makes a strong and lasting first impression. It can also assist in dealing with problems and pressures of day-to-day life. 

It is important to have a realistic comprehension of your abilities, to ensure you find a healthy balance between confidence and arrogance. Confidence that doesn’t match character can be interpreted as conceit and egotistic. Additionally, not having enough confidence can appear unsure, weak, and self-doubting.  

How can you be more confident? 

Stop the comparison game 

Are you guilty of constantly comparing yourself to others? Social comparison theory says individuals place value on their personal and social worth by assessing how they compare to others. Making comparisons is natural. However, it doesn’t help our self-confidence. Therefore, focus on what you have accomplished, goals you are working toward, and stay motivated by your achievements along the way.  

Keep a gratitude journal or a document where you can track your achievements, the things you are grateful for, and the goals you have met. Periodically look back and reflect on your wins and successes.  

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

-Theodore Roosevelt 

Be kind to yourself and remember to celebrate your journey and be proud of all that you have accomplished, large or small, along the way. 

Use failure as an opportunity for growth 

One of the biggest blows to our confidence is when we experience failure. It can be challenging to be sure of yourself and your abilities when faced with defeat. Everyone experiences challenges and is a natural part of life. Use these situations as an opportunity for growth and improvement. Analyze what went wrong, how you can do better next time, and the steps you can take so it doesn’t happen again. 

Create a supportive network 

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s hard to soar with the eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys”? It’s impossible to be confident if you are surrounded by people who don’t support you.  

Create a network of people who build you up, encourage and celebrate you. Seek out like-minded individuals who share similar goals and values and will help you stand confidently in your strengths and abilities.  

Building confidence is a process! While you will face setbacks along the way, stay the course, be patient, and keep working diligently toward your goals and ultimate success. 

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