How to Overcome Self-Doubt: 11 Effective Ways to Boost Confidence

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How to Overcome Self-Doubt: 11 Effective Ways to Boost Confidence
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The first step in achieving any dream is believing you have what it takes to make it happen. You need to find something to depend on and gain strength from, whether that's an experience you went through or a compliment a stranger told you five years ago. Without that vital sliver of faith in yourself, you wouldn't be able to move mountains (even when you have the power to). Confidence can be your greatest tool in the face of uncertainty; it is a very powerful force to be reckoned with.  It can take years to mold and fortify, but when you do, you're bound to survive anything



If you don’t have confidence in yourself, it’s going to be extremely difficult for you to overcome challenges along the way. You won’t be in control of your thoughts, words, and actions because you don’t believe that you are capable of being in control. Without confidence, you can’t win any challenge, starting from the little dilemmas inside your head. If you can’t rise above the fear of bad judgment and failure, you won’t be able to step forward on the next step of the process successfully. 



It’s either you do move forward but hardly keeping yourself together because you’re letting the negativity hold you back. Without you believing in yourself, it’ll be hard for you to stand firm on your own two feet when everybody has left your side (because eventually, everybody will). You need to be your own backup, your own righthand, your own support system. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be fit to build an empire with your mind and your gifts. 



11 EFFECTIVE WAYS TO BOOST CONFIDENCE IN YOUR TWENTIES: 



DO THE MORNING RITUAL 



Every morning, get to know yourself better --- your facial features, physique, weaknesses, insecurities, and the like. Stand close to the mirror and look at yourself intently. This is the part where it gets crucial: you need to criticize yourself. See this not as a harsh way of destroying your self-esteem but a practical and raw strategy of raising self-awareness. Point out all your flaws, but never talk bad about yourself by encouraging limiting beliefs and comparing yourself to others. Talk to yourself proudly. You were born this way and there's nothing wrong with you. 



Even if you're not necessarily on top of the list of the beauty standards of the community you're in, tell yourself you're greater than the criteria they set about. Your beauty is immeasurable; it can't be defined by the impossible European features. Whether you like it or not, people will always have their own reasons not to like you so you must be emotionally prepared for what they have to throw at you. That means shooting the same bullets to yourself first before them. When you tell yourself you have a flat chest, that isn't tearing down your self-esteem. 



In fact, it's the opposite. You're reclaiming the unique parts of you (that society frowns upon) and turning them into something to be proud of in front of the camera. If you know your flaws and take pride in them, there's nothing critics and haters can do to use them against you. The more they point them out as flaws, the more you realize they weren't flaws in the first place --- they were beautiful parts left unappreciated. 



STOP FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOU INSECURE 



One common way that can absorb your confidence instantly is following the wrong people on social media. Instead of following personalities who make you picture the wrong images of beauty and success, follow those who inspire you and who you can relate to. Stop eating up discouraging content that brings you more harm than good. As we all know, social media is a powerful tool that can alter any mindset in a day and can make you believe in things that aren't true. 



Boost your confidence by gaining strength from people with the same story as you and learn from them the same way they can learn from you. Involve yourself in an inclusive community (like a facebook group) that makes you feel comfortable with talking to strangers online because you sense no judgment from them. Sometimes, confidence can be formed from people living across the world, not from those who live in the same town as you. 



DAYDREAM ABOUT YOUR CONFIDENT ALTER EGO 



You need to visualize the possibility of yourself being confident and thinking about how different your life would be if you didn’t care what people would say. You need to give hope on the fearless and successful version of yourself if you were brave enough to withstand every obstacle. Then you’ll realize how much time you’d waste thinking about how your dreams are dependent on the useless opinions of other people. 



You’ll realize how insignificant they are to you but you give them too much credit and value like they’ve been with you through the journey. Confidence can come from the good, validating feeling you get after making someone smile or helping a teenager with a problem. Sometimes, it takes another person’s input for us to believe that you have a good heart. 



LISTEN TO COMPLIMENTS 



It takes more than listening to compliments to be confident, but it's one helpful way. Sometimes, you need other people to see your potential before you even see it yourself. You're too used to talking bad about yourself that you fail to see your beauty. You have to learn how to accept compliments respectfully without seeming like you're already too self-absorbed (like you get insulted when you're called pretty because who the hell thinks you're not?) 



Don't have that why-state-the-obvious kind of mindset; it's obnoxious. You need to actually be kind enough to yourself to not feel guilty when accepting compliments because you do deserve to be complimented and told what they like about you. You have positive traits and awesome characteristics that people can see (but you choose to hide). Be kind to yourself and know that you're better than what you think. 



DO WHAT YOU'RE AFRAID TO DO 



Most people are too worried about the negative outcome of their choices, and that's why they'll never know how to tame the waves. You keep complaining how you're a nobody who has no control over the world but you're not doing anything to get out of that position of self-pity and mediocrity. You might even have the brains and techniques to pull off something greater than what other people are doing right now but you don't have the guts to show them what you've got. You may not want to admit it but most times, people get to the place they want to because they believe they can (even when it's all just a delusion). 



Companies are looking for innovative, brilliant minds but sadly, they're not just going to keep waiting for you to show up. Sometimes even someone who can only do a quarter of what you can do might be promoted earlier than you because he has the confidence, and you have none. What's the use of all your talent if you don't think one of them can be of use to the world? How can you show people to believe in what you can do if you're beating yourself up for even thinking about sharing what you have? One way to build confidence is to keep taking risks (even when they're not calculated). 



SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GOOD PEOPLE 



In your twenties, a huge factor of where your confidence may come from is your environment (whether it's at your home, at school, and even in places you find leisure). Everywhere you go, you'll see people and conclude they have their lives together just by the way they dressed. When you see a couple walking happily while holding hands, you think of their relationship as the ultimate standard you should refer to. The world is simply a home to billions of people who are better than you in a lot of ways, but that's okay --- because they're not you. No matter how good they are at this, they'll never be as good at that as you, and that's what makes you special (because they'll never be another you). 



Sometimes, you just need the right amount and quality of friends to see that. You need kind-hearted, sincere friends who'll push you to be better. You need to surround yourself with people who not only have accepted your mistakes but also have seen your effort to change. For you to build confidence, you need to be around people who think you're doing fantastic when you feel like you're not improving at all. Sometimes, your friends can be the ones who'll urge you to try. And they can be the ones who'll crack your shell wide open for you to venture out into the world for what it truly is and not for the way it seems to you.



INVEST IN WHAT MAKES YOU CONFIDENT 



If you're one of those people who tend to doubt themselves a lot, there's a huge possibility their confidence is taken from something else or from a feeling when using a particular product. You get so attached to the feeling of a symbol or a tangible object gives you that you translate their absence with your lack of confidence. In other words, your confidence is entirely dependent on external factors. 



Although this is not absolutely fine, you have to be all right with starting small as building confidence takes a lot of time and energy. So if your self-esteem is still bonded to how you love looking at your face with full makeup on, then so be it. Whether it's makeup or getting a new tattoo that makes you confident, go for it. Do what you can to get that self-esteem up and stable. 



BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TRUST 



It sucks when the confidence you finally built with yourself for years is shattered by people who don't even know you. Be careful whom you call a friend. Their messages can affect you greatly because they mean so much to you. Know that if his/her opinions harms you more by pulling you further away from your dreams, than he/she isn't trying to help you. Protect your self-esteem at all costs and don't let a bruised ego destroy the incredible progress you've made. 



Often people forget that an effective way to boost confidence is to safeguard it from others whose goal is to cut it down to pieces until you're left with none. You boost confidence by staying away from people who make you second guess about your gifts. Confidence can be as fragile as trust, and it can be a double-edged sword. 



TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS 



You need to take pride in your whole journey, including achievements and failures. One of the best sources of confidence is from experience. The more battles you win, the more confident you get with yourself for getting through them. On the flipside, even with unexpected battles showing up on your front door, you become confident of your strength for holding your head up high and choosing to stay optimistic. 



You wouldn't be where you are today if it weren't for your good and bad experiences. Your journey speaks about your perspective and mindset about life. So be confident that you are wise, resourceful, and kind enough to be blessed with such grace when handling with setbacks. When someone with little to no experience criticizes you for being soft, intimidate them with stories about how you singlehandedly carried your family as a breadwinner. 



ACCEPT FEEDBACK FROM THE RIGHT PEOPLE 



The most common reason people lose confidence is criticism. Although criticism can be manifested in different ways and intentions, it's still important to take in painful words of improvement as it is a humble effort to do so. You don't know everything there is to know about your career; and even if you think you do, your willingness to listen even to the same pieces of information you listen to every day is a sign of humility in your heart. You know you can be wrong anytime, and you're ready to acknowledge the input of other people. 



There's nothing wrong with listening and accepting criticism, what's wrong is lending your ear to the wrong people. Don't let people criticize you for something they can't do themselves. If you think they're not good enough to criticize you, then don't let their opinion swallow you whole. Jealousy and insecurity are exposing their negative traits, and that means whatever they're going to say is a desperate act to ruin your groove. Make sure not to let them bring you down. Be prepared for people like these. You must be careful whom you ask for feedback and assess how much you value them and their opinion.  



HELP SOMEONE ELSE 



When you do overcome self-doubt, it's better to help other people who are dealing with the same than keeping the secret to yourself. Confidence is the very first struggle one needs to beat before getting into the work. Believing you can is a must before getting results. Helping someone else to relieve them of their insecurities may also help you deal with yours. When you show them how to view their insecurities, Eventually, you’ll practice what you preach and follow your advice. The more you convince someone to love their skin and to stop comparing their physique with others, the more you instill these words of wisdom in your mind and believe them too. 




“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

56 comments

  1. These are some really amazing tips especially listening to compliments, using affirmations and doing what you're scared to do.

    Anita x niannilifestyleblog

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  2. Thats a great idea to styling outfit. Love it so much!

    Love,
    AL- Chic and Comfy Tops

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  3. These are some really helpful tips. I have huge self doubt a lot of the time but its something I'm trying to get over. I have learnt just how important surrounding yourself with the right people is.

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  4. Very well written. You have such wonderful advice here too.

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  5. I love this post, you are very inspiring! The one on doing what you are afraid to do most resonates with me! So glad I read this.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you found it helpful.

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  6. I loved reading this post! Doing something that scares us, stop following people that makes us insecure, helping others and taking pride in our achievements should be a new motto for this year! Thanks for sharing x

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  7. I love this! It took me years to overcome self doubt and start to feel more confident in myself. I completely agree that it helps to visualise being confident, to surround yourself with good people and learn to take compliments from the right people. It's so important to value who you are as then you can put more happiness back into your surrounding xx

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    1. Definitely! You summed it all up wonderfully! Thank you so much for reading.

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  8. These are really good ways to build up confidence and yes effective, first-hand experience can tell us so. Although, there are days when I do still struggle with number 1, somehow helping others, do help me get up to speed with what I need to do. Beautifully written, thank you so much for sharing this!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! Don't worry, refer back to this article and keep reading until you visualize it. I'm glad it helped you.

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  9. I love the post. A lots of detailed and accurate information. Thank you for sharing

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  10. Thank you for sharing this very detailed list of ways to overcone self doubt, all so very true. What works best for me is positive, encouraging words from others and taking action. Like you said do something you are afraid of.

    I wrote on this same topic when I first started my free blog on wordpress. I have shared the link in case you would like to check it out.

    All the best to you😊

    https://inspiration524442959.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/overcoming-self-doubt/

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    1. Thank you so much! Of course, I would. I'm glad it helped.

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  11. Great tips! Some people surround themselves with people who just talk about their insecurities and it make life worse for them.

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    1. Yes, unfortunately. They should stay away from them as much as possible. Thank you so much for reading!

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  12. OMG these are all soooo accurate! I feel like surrounding yourself with the right people (both online and in person) is so important!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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  13. I love these points, Monique! For me, I've learned that what boosts my confidence is setting boundaries with the people in my life. Especially since no one in my family/friends circle blogs or creates content, they can easily be negative and say unsupportive things. I'm an overall confident person but when my loved ones say negative things, I find my self esteem lowers. I've since then focused on my boundaries with them and it's been great. Thanks for sharing! xo

    www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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    1. Definitely! No one blogs in my family too and think this is all just a waste of time (which is why this blog has been a secret since it launched lol. I'm doing this while studying online class. It's a struggle but I know it's going to be worth it.) I'm glad that worked out for you.

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  14. I am sometimes so guilty of doubting myself so this post was really helpful. These are some great suggestions for helping control that bad and negative habit. Working on myself is something I am trying to work on more this year. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren www.bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! Yes, keep working on yourself!

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  15. These are really great tips! I'm awful at accepting compliments and it's something I really want to improve on. Controlling what you follow on social media and paying attention to how that makes you feel is a really important one for your subconscious too x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Yes, you should! Thank you so much for reading!

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  16. I loveeeeeee this post,
    one thing for me is to stop looking and comparing yourself to others, so far so good this year :D

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    1. Thank you so much! That's great progress you're making! Keep it up.

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  17. This was a really lovely post to read Monique! Some great tips that are so important! Focusing on ourselves and making sure we are surrounded by positive energy is something I’m prioritising for this year! Great post as always 💘

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    1. Thank you so much, Francesca! I'm glad I helped.

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  18. These are amazing tips Monique! I feel like everyone has gotten to a point where they really doubted themselves. Even I am a victim of self doubt. I am a confident person but I find that whenever any body in my family says something negative to me or about me, it really gets to me and it affects my self esteem so badly! I want to stop following people who make me feel insecure, I want to do things I am afraid to do. I feel like fear is human and everyone has ben scared at one point or the other and I want to face my fears this year. I want to spend time with people that build my confidence and I want to invest in things that make me feel more confident! Thank you so much for this post.

    Ruth|Ruthiee loves Glamour

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruth! Absolutely! All of us are scared but we have to grow from our fears. We start doing that by making active choices! I'm glad I helped.

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  19. All of these are so legit! I really like the one about accepting feedback from the right people. It may be hard to recognize people who are just projecting their insecurities on others or don't know what they're talking about but it's so important! Still the most important thing is probably just focusing on one's journey and not taking everyone's opinions and advice with a grain of salt.

    Toma | https://www.tomaruh.com

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    1. Exactly! You got that right. It's really about accepting feedback from the right people. Thank you so much for reading!

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  20. This is a lovely post. I never know how to respond to compliments! :D

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    1. Thank you so much! It's about time we learn to!

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  21. It's been a while, I can see that nothing has changed, napakabriliant mobpading magsulat. Nakakainspire talaga for sure mas maganda nanaman Yung ibang article na na miss ko.

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    1. Thank you, Zeus! Maraming maraming salamat talaga. Napakasupportive mo kahit bago lang tayo nagkakilala.

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  22. I really like your suggestions, they are measures for growth in all areas. Pinning this rn as it will certainly be useful this year :)
    Happy 2021!

    Lindifique

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! I would really appreciate that.

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  23. Incredible post! It is so motivating and useful! I totally agree with all of these posts and I definitely need to work on some of these things especially being confident in myself and taking risks! Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad I helped you out!

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  24. These are some really good pieces of advice! I definitively agree with listening to compliments. I don’t know why we’re so quick to compliment others but happily ignore any compliments given to us!

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    1. Exactly, it's definitely an insecurity we all have. Thank you so much for reading!

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  25. Excellent advice! I love your blog. It's so well set up and beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you keep coming back.

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  26. This is so wonderful! I believe that negative self-talk can dramatically weaken your self-confidence. That's why it's really important to watch out for every word you tell yourself. I enjoyed reading your post!Thanks for sharing this. ��

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    1. It absolutely can! Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you found it helpful!

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  27. Nice article. In my opinion, it depends on the person to have self-confidence. Especially when it comes to mood, it is okay if you lower your confidence because you are tired, you can stop but continue at the right time.

    Hello, kababayan!

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    1. Yes! Hi, kababayan! Thank you for reading!

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