How to Increase Your Self-Confidence and Stand Up for Yourself

Some people seem to be born with an abundance of self-confidence. Most people, however, struggle in at least one area of their lives with feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. Don’t let a lack of self-confidence keep you from enjoying all that life has to offer. By putting a few simple tips into practice, you can begin the adventure of becoming the person you long to be.


Fake It Until You Make It

It takes time and work to develop self-confidence, but while you’re working on real, substantive changes, pretend you’re an actor playing a role. This is one of the first lessons learned by those beginning a career in sales. The easiest “fix” is usually to upgrade the image others perceive.

  • Good posture is vital for both your health and self-image. Stand tall, and look straight ahead, not at the ground.
  • Dress for success. For bargains on designer clothes, find a great consignment shop, where the clothes are usually in excellent, seldom-worn condition or perhaps still have the tags attached. It makes it easier to face people when you know you’re well-dressed.
  • Consider a makeover. This can give you an astonishing boost in confidence.
  • A fitness coach can help you improve your diet and fitness level, giving you more energy and confidence.


Is Fear Holding You Back?

A lack of self-esteem is often linked to a fear of failure. Think about this for a minute. Author Gena Showalter once said, “Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” In other words, if you don’t try, you guarantee failure.

Success is usually only achieved after multiple attempts. When an actor or band is suddenly “discovered,” they’ve probably been working hard for years for little money before being noticed. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, made thousands of different bulbs before he got it right. Failure isn’t the end of the world. Don’t let it cripple you. Accept it and move on. Success is waiting for you.


Knowledge Builds Confidence

Take small steps. If you’d like to learn something new, always a great way to bolster your confidence, online universities are readily available. Study subjects that will advance your career or pursue an area you’re passionate about. When you’re ready, join a club of people who share your passion.


Believe in Yourself

How you feel about yourself determines how others feel about you. They receive visual clues from your posture and your appearance and verbal clues from your speech. Speaking more slowly can be helpful. Taking steps to bolster your image will begin to affect how others regard you.

To improve your belief in yourself, try these tips:

  • It sounds trite, but you need to pay attention to your thoughts. Negative thoughts (“I can’t do it,” “It’s too hard,” etc.) are like poison. The Power of Positive Thinking is an older book, but it’s full of useful advice. Positive thinking is crucial to confidence.
  • Know yourself. When going into battle, it’s essential to know your enemy. In this case, you’re your own enemy. Start writing a daily journal about your thoughts, fears, and aspirations. When you reread earlier entries, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve changed.
  • Be kind and generous to others. When you approve of your own actions, you feel better about yourself.
  • Think about the principles you want to live your life by, write them down and put them into action. Honor may sound old-fashioned, but honorable people are respected by others.
  • Set small goals and achieve them. Volunteer for a team at work. Join a group that interests you. Complete an online class.


While you’re working on building your self-confidence and learning to stand up for yourself, don’t forget to smile. You’ll instantly feel better about yourself and will receive smiles from others. Enjoy your life.

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16 thoughts on “How to Increase Your Self-Confidence and Stand Up for Yourself

  1. Very useful tips. “Fake it ‘till you make it” is actually quite honest and helpful. We get there eventually as we put the work into changing.

  2. One thing Im teaching my kids is to have confidence. That anything is possible in life when you have confidence.

  3. I need to fake it more. I have a hard time with thinking I am doing well.

  4. These are all great tips and so true too! I have struggled with self confidence and not opening my mouth when i should i put me in some trouble but i learnt my lessons

  5. I have been working on building my self-confidence. I think it is important to work on yourself. We are an example for our kids. I want my Son to see a confident Mom.

  6. Thank you for all these tips. I have issues with self-confidence. I am good at writing but never in speaking to other people, it makes me freeze.

  7. “Accept it and move on. Success is waiting for you. ” -a very meaningful words, very inspiring! It just prove that you have to make it happen, you’ve got to do it for yourself!

  8. I actually go for Knowledge Builds Confidence most of the time. I find that I am happy with sharing my knowledge or the things I know, and people are drawn to you when you know a lot of good and helpful things. I feel confident knowing profitable things because it’s helpful and useful. 🙂

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