“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” -Mark Twain

When you think of all of the great people in the world, one thing they all have in common is confidence.

In order to be great, you have to be confident that you can do great things. Without that, you will sell yourself short because of a fear of failure. You do not want that.

If you’re looking to build your confidence in any area, check out these four strategies:

1) Use self-affirmations
Hearing people tell you that you are great feels awesome, no doubt. However, you can’t always rely on others to boost your confidence. You have to be able to find confidence on your own.

Self-affirmations are the way you get that confidence and praise you need. You should be able to tell yourself that you’re working hard, that you’re getting better, and that you are worth something.

Self-affirmations can literally be telling yourself nice things out loud. If that feels uncomfortable for you, you can also try journaling affirmative statements in the morning or afternoon.

With practice, you’ll be able to come up with your own strategies. Soon, you’ll have an unlimited supply of confidence in yourself, and that is a beautiful thing.

2) Set short-term goals
Nothing will make you more confident than achieving things. Short term goals are a way to give you that feeling of achievement more often.

Completing a daily and weekly goal gives you a sense of accomplishment. That sense of accomplishment builds confidence.

When you set your short-term goals, don’t make them too easy and don’t make them next to impossible. You want to work hard without exhausting yourself of all hope.

Once you get into the rhythm of crushing short term goals, you’ll start piling up achievements left and right. Without even knowing it, you’ll be confident, successful, and you’ll achieve results.

3) Achieve results
You can self-affirm all you want, but nothing will make you more confident than seeing real, lasting progress. That is the biggest confidence booster available.

Hard work will make you stronger, better, and smarter. Those things will combine to make you feel like you can take on the world.

At the end of the day, if you want to be the best you can be, you have to go out and chase your dreams. Once you catch them, you’ll feel more confident and powerful than ever before.

4) Realize progress takes time
A lack of confidence generally means you are unhappy with the way things are in your life. We all have these highs and lows.

You don’t have to change everything in your life to feel better about it. As long as you’re working to make your circumstances better, be self-aware enough to appreciate that progress takes time.

Once you understand that you’ll get where you want to be eventually, you’ll appreciate yourself for putting in the work. Gradually, that confidence will come followed closely behind by real progress.

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