- Act confident
Just as changing your mindset can change your behaviour, changing your behaviour can alter your mindset.
Appearing confident and successful will influence the way in which other people respond to you.
- 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.
- Positive visualisation
Before doing anything challenging, run through the scene in your head, imagining that it goes well and you are successful.
Keep in mind the well-known saying: 'Whether you think you can or you cannot, you are probably right.'
- Be realistic
Aim neither 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 try to view failures as an opportunity to learn from mistakes.
- Prepare for challenges
Where it is possible to do so, be prepared for challenges rather than hoping they will go away. For example, if you have to make a presentation, practise in advance, maximising your chances of success.
- Positive self-image
Having a positive self-image involves letting go of past failures and replacing self-critical ideas with positive affirmations. Make a list of your good traits and focus on these. Avoid spending time with people who undermine your self confidence.