First, let’s define confidence.
con-fi-dence : A feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities
That really is the key, isn’t it? Appreciating yourself. Realizing that you have incredible potential will build up your confidence.
No matter what stage of building you’re in, you can lay more bricks by:
It’s amazing what good nutrition and adequate sleep can do for your self-confidence. Create healthy habits, stick to routines, and you’re guaranteed to feel up to any challenge.
Nothing can boost confidence more than positive reinforcement from others. Surrounding yourself with people who will only lift you higher, will start to change your perception of yourself.
Knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life can have a profound impact on your confidence. You’ll gain a real sense of achievement from helping someone else, even if it’s just another member of your gym.
Nothing will damage your confidence more than failing. First, it’s important to set S.M.A.R.T. goals (http://topachievement.com/smart.html) that are realistic and achievable. Second, it’s important to redefine your definition of failure and how you react to it. Will you rise to the occasion and use it as a learning experience? Or will you let it knock you down and hinder your growth?
Everyday you should be telling yourself that you are loved and worthy to achieve your goals. Practicing positive self-talk, throughout the day, and especially during your workouts will lift your confidence and help you get that extra rep.