10 Habits of The Most Confident People

Posted on Thu, May 04, 2017

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When we look back on earlier years in our careers, we usually see two different versions of ourselves. The first few years were dominated by feelings of insecurity, sometimes a bit of anxiety... living a life we don't necessarily WANT, and we're not confident enough to stop it. The few years following, we learned to embrace our purpose and began living, more of the life we WANT -- the life of an entrepreneur. One thing is clear: The success I, personally, have experienced throughout my career in my twenties would not have been possible with my old mindset.

The difference between a negative mindset and a positive, successful mindset is caused by developing, almost forcing oneself to exude more confidence. When you feel confident, the whole world seems to belong to you. You suddenly surround yourself with other successful and confident people, and opportunities and consistent success begins to surface.

Here are 10 ways YOU to help develop a successful, positive mindset, shared by the most confident people.

1. DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE

It's hard to be confident in what you're doing if you're not sure why you're doing it. What is your purpose in work and in life? Once you identify your "why," you'll be more confident because you'll be coming from a place of purpose.

2. AVOID COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS.

In almost every case, when you compare yourself with someone else, it takes the form of negative self-talk about how you're not good enough. Doing this weakens self-confidence. The only person you need to compare yourself with is the version of yourself that you want to become. That's it.

3. FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS

There will always be challenges. But focusing solely on a problem is a self-defeating practice. Instead, acknowledge that problems will arise, and when they do, focus on finding solutions as a strong leader. The more problems you overcome, the more confidence you'll build and the easier it will be to find solutions.

2. AVOID COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS. 

Sometimes we spend more time making up for our perceived weaknesses than we do honoring our strengths. While I certainly agree with improving weaknesses, you might find that your confidence will increase when you play up your strengths. For example, if you're not good at math (like me), don't be a CFO. Stick with your strengths.

5. FAKE IT 'TIL YOU MAKE IT!

If you suffer from imposter syndrome, or the untrue belief that you're not good enough, just pretend to be confident. Keep embracing the idea that you're already successful. You might not be convinced at first, but eventually your thoughts will follow your emotions and you'll become a more confident person.

6. TAKE ACTION.

Fear can be paralyzing. Ignore the voice in your head telling you that you can't do something, and take action anyway. The more you let fear hold you back, the stronger the negative voice will become. It works in the other direction too: The more you take action, the quieter the negative voice will become.

7. TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR APPEARANCE.

When you look good, you'll feel good. When you feel good, you feel confident. Wear the clothes you want to wear. Invest in how you look and you'll invest in your own success.

8. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE! ALWAYS.

Negative self-talk and pessimism are a vicious cycle, and a drain on your confidence. Focus on your positive attributes instead of perceived weaknesses; focus on your accomplishments rather than on your perceived failures. Keep focused on what is working instead of what is not working.

9. BE READY. STAY READY.

Success is part preparation and part opportunity. Study, practice, and do what it takes to prepare yourself for when the right opportunity knocks on your door. If you're prepared, you are more likely to have the confidence to capitalize on the opportunity.

10. EMBRACE THE POWER OF BODY LANGUAGE.

Body language speaks much louder than words. When you're feeling down on yourself, change your posture: Pull your shoulders back, hold your head high, stand with your feet wide and put your hands in the air like a superhero. Notice how the new stance quickly changes your mood and boosts your confidence.

AND FINALLY... 

There is no magic solution that will suddenly make you a more confident person. But when you focus on making consistent and small steps, you can transform yourself from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Building confidence is like building momentum: Just keep taking action and you'll feel more and more confident with each positive step.

*INC.COM - Andrew Thomas - Founder, Skybell Video Doorbell

Topics: entrepreneur, success, confidence