How confident are you in your abilities to do any given thing? If you’re like most people, then complete confidence in your abilities is something you struggle with on a fairly regular basis. The good news is, you don’t have to! There are several simple things you can do to bolster your confidence.

The first thing to understand is that there’s a difference between confidence and self-esteem. The two are related, but distinct. Confidence relates to your ability to do a given thing, while self-esteem relates to how you feel about yourself.

Obviously, if you have low self-esteem, then confidence in your abilities is going to suffer, so the first “trick” to bolstering your confidence is to work on you. Do things that make you feel good about yourself, and your confidence in other areas of your life is bound to increase.

Second, never stop learning and studying. Then, as a follow-up, put the things you’re learning into practice via practical application as appropriate. Not only does the act of learning and knowing things bolster your confidence, but as you put your knowledge into practice and see the tangible results that stem from all that learning, your confidence will soar!

Finally, a third handy trick is to “push your envelope.” If you have a fear of heights, plan to visit a suspension bridge with a mind to walk across it as a means of conquering that fear. If you’re afraid of the dark, start spending more time in the dark until that fear begins to subside.

By doing things like this, you’ll not only begin doing away with the (largely) irrational fears that have been holding you back, but as you conquer them, you’ll find that your confidence improves in every area of your life.

The bottom line is that if you suffer from low self-esteem and confidence, your opportunities are going to be limited. Those opportunities will still present themselves, but you’ll simply lack the confidence to go after them. Don’t be that person; you’ve got this!

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