An Aura of Confidence: 9 Ways to Build up Your Self-Esteem & Strive Towards Your Goals as a Man
Women love a confident man, and a man with a healthy ego attracts other men as well. They want to be friends with this man, as he has a captivating presence. Sadly, when a person has low self-esteem, he often lacks the motivation to improve it. Don’t let this hold you back. Small changes in your life lead to big advances. Try the following ten things and feel better about yourself in a short period of time.
1) Good Grooming
There is no need to have the latest designer fashions to look and feel your best. Always shower before leaving the house and wear clean clothes. A clean appearance and fresh breath go a long way to boosting your self-confidence. If you feel like you aren’t well dressed, look at pictures of men you admire online. See what they have in common and try to tailor your looks after them. It may be a specific type of hair cut or they might have a well-trimmed beard. Find ways to imitate their look while developing your own style and invest in products you believe they may use, such as beard care products.
2) Positive Thoughts
Some men have a voice in their head that is always putting them down. If you have this inner voice, it’s time to turn it off. Every time a negative thought pops into your head, turn it into a positive one. Thoughts contribute directly to a person’s emotions, and changing your way of thinking can give you a lift and a better outlook on life. This doesn’t mean red flags should be ignored, but consider them positive signs, as they are alerting you to where a change is needed so you can take action before a minor problem becomes a major issue.
3) Learn Something New
When a person masters a new skill, they feel more competent. This skill should relate to the individual’s current talents and interests to provide the biggest boost, and it can be anything the person desires. One individual may want to learn to play tennis while another wants to become a master chef. The complexity of the skill is of less importance than the desire to master it. If you have always dreamed of mastering a jump shot in basketball, begin working on it today. If your goal is to scuba dive in the Caribbean, sign up for lessons now. You won’t regret taking that first step.
4) Take an Active Role in Your Life
Men need to actively take part in their lives. To do so, set a goal and determine which steps need to be taken to reach that goal. Never wait for someone else to step in and help or do the work. This is something you must do on your own, seeking help when it is needed. The goal is to set a plan and work until it is completed, as this will increase your self-confidence. Face your fears and overcome them to feel better about yourself.
5) Make a List of Your Accomplishments
Sit down and write down all of your accomplishments, regardless of how big or how small they are. If it is something you are proud of, then it needs to go on this list. Be sure to add to the list as you accomplish new things also. When you need a reminder of where you are and how far you have come, pull this list out and review it. This shows that you can tackle challenges and overcome them and will do the same in the future.
6) Test Your Comfort Zone
People often get into a rut and never leave their comfort zone. This doesn’t mean a person who is scared of heights should go skydiving tomorrow. Take small steps to overcome this fear and celebrate each success. Climb on a stepladder and then move up to a Ferris wheel. Keep pushing the limits to increase your self-confidence, as stretching your comfort zone boosts your self-esteem. Baby steps add up over time, and before you know it you will have made a huge leap forward.
7) Remove Negative Individuals From Your Life
Certain people live to bring others down. When you are surrounded by these people, your self-confidence decreases. Never left somebody put your down or take advantage of you. They don’t deserve your time or attention. Spend time with those who are supportive and positive and those who value and admire you. They are the ones who will give you the lift you need and allow you to feel better about yourself. If you can’t remove a person from your life completely for some reason, minimize the time you spend with them whenever possible.
8) Celebrate Failures
People often look at failures as something they have done wrong. Take the experience as a way to learn and grow. Be grateful for every failure as it brings you one step closer to success and helps you keep perspective. In addition, a person who fails is someone who is making an effort. Someone who never fails is sitting on the sidelines and letting life pass them by. Make sure you fall into the first category and enjoy each failure instead of lamenting it.
9) Avoid Comparisons
Men often compare themselves to others and believe they are lacking as a result. Stop doing this, and focus instead on those things you are good at. Certain things that you are good at change day by day, depending on things such as your diet, your sleep habits, and more. Try to determine what changed and why you may be falling behind in one area which surging in another and make the necessary adjustments so you can do your best at all times, regardless of what others are doing.
These are only a few ways that you can boost your self-confidence in very little time. This is one goal you should work toward your entire life. Simply because you reach one goal doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels. Set another one and push toward it. With each achievement, you’ll be motivated to do even more and before you know it, your self-confidence will have greatly improved and you’ll feel better about life overall.