7 Scientific Ways To Be More Confident

Confidence is something everyone has to work at every now and then. If we don’t feel confident, it’s harder to be able to do things in life.

Doubt makes you hesitant and unsure of the choices and decisions you make in life. Usually that kind of decision-making doesn’t turn out well.

But even if you’re confident and still make a wrong choice at work, at school, in relationships, or in life in general, that confidence can still help you make the most of it.

You can be less fazed by the mistakes with knowing that it’s just another lesson that’ll make you better in the future.

What is confidence?

Confidence, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.”

You have to appreciate what you have the ability to accomplish and achieve in your life. You have to recognize your own personal qualities that make you a talented person.

Sometimes that may require you to challenge yourself by learning new skills and knowledge to enhance your ability.

You might also have to work on yourself to have the kind of qualities that would make you feel good about yourself.

These scientific studies offer you proven ways you can boost your self-confidence and feel the best you’ve ever felt.

How to be more confident

Man in a suit standing confidently and know how to be more confident

1. Be more confident through posture

According to psychologists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, they found that children who had a dominant body posture were more confident than those who didn’t.

A dominant body posture, as the researchers explain, is one where your posture is open and expansive.

That means your head is held high and your arms are open wide and not folded together. Practice having that kind of posture a majority of the time.

2. Increase confidence through serving others

I believe I mentioned this study in another article, but it’s worth mentioning again in this one.

Brigham Young University researchers found that adolescents who did acts of service for strangers had higher self-esteem a year later.

If the acts of service were done towards friends and family, there wasn’t any increase. Take time to be selfless by doing some volunteering that gives you a chance to help people.

It’ll boost your self-esteem and help you feel more confident.

3. Have a growth mindset to grow more confidence

North Carolina State University found that when students were taught a growth mindset, they were more confident in their entrepreneurship abilities.

As most of us probably know, takes a lot of confident for one to choose the path of becoming an entrepreneur.

So, a growth mindset will help you have one of the highest forms of self-esteem you can have.

The mindset of growth is the belief that you can achieve better results at any task in life through practice and work.

Consistently have a growth attitude in order to make yourself as confident as you want to be.

4. Create your own ritual to build more confidence

Harvard researchers conducted a study that found when people do rituals before a high-anxiety task, they feel calmer and more confident when they’re about to do it.

Think of your own ritual you can do before you plan to do something that requires you to be confident in yourself.

You could speak some affirmations to yourself or maybe you could say a prayer. Think of one consistent ritual you can do before a big task.

You might find it’ll really help you perform better in life.

5. Have a lucky charm that gives you confidence

In a WebMD article, it was noted that people who had their own good luck charms had better performance than those who didn’t.

Additionally, they felt more confident at their ability to do well at the task they were doing.

It may seem silly but find something that you can use as means of giving you hope to do well.

Maybe it’s a picture of a loved one that’s passed who you want to do your best for. Find something that gives you a sense of belief in yourself to do well.

6. Get in the habit of goal setting for confidence

Goal-setting has been proven method to build up self-esteem, confidence, and increase your motivation in life.

Find a way to set some specific and ambitious goals for yourself. Have people around you to support you in pursuing this goal.

Putting a plan in place will give you confidence that you know where you’re going in life, which helps you to have confidence overall.

7. Regularly exercise to build confidence

According to a study that was published in the International Journal of Sport Psychology, those who stuck to a workout routine for six months had an in increase confidence in themselves.

One reason is because exercise enhances your mood after you do it. Another reason, in my opinion, is because exercise makes you feel better about your body.

When you feel like you look good, that usually makes you have more confidence in yourself.

Final thoughts on being confident

Through putting in the effort to increase your self-esteem, you can have the confidence you’ve always desired and live the life that makes you happy.

Consider using one or all of these tips to make you feel as confident as you’ve ever been before.

Self-help articles you might find helpful

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