How to ... improve confidence

- Act as if you are confident

- Act as if you are confident

Just as changing your mindset can change your behaviour, changing your behaviour can alter your mindset. Appearing confident and successful will also influence the way in which other people respond to you.

- Work on your body language

Confident people stand tall, smile, keep eye contact and have a firm handshake. Observe the actions of self-confident people and fake these traits even if you are nervous or shy.

- Use positive visualisation

Before doing anything challenging, run through the scene in your head, imagining that it goes well and that you are successful. Keep in mind the well-known saying 'whether you think you can or you cannot, you are probably right'.

- Be realistic about what you can achieve

Neither aim too low nor too high. It is impossible to develop without taking risks, but do not set yourself up for failure. If things do go wrong, view failures as an opportunity to learn from mistakes.

- Prepare for challenges

Do not hope for challenges to go away. For example, if you have to make a presentation, practice in advance, thereby maximising your chances of success.

- Foster a positive self-image

This involves letting go of past failures and replacing critical self-talk with positive affirmations. Avoid spending time with people who undermine you.

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