You have a secret desire to take the world by storm, but you’re afraid. You’re also sick and tired of being afraid! You know your confidence needs serious work. This time, you’re going to fight back with confidence building activities that actually work.
And know that you’re not alone in your fear.
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Research from the BodyMind Institute found that 85% of people worldwide suffer from low confidence.
That means 85% aren’t living up to their full potential because of fear. But what exactly are these fears holding you back?
Let’s brainstorm some common ones:
- Fear of embarrassment
- Fear of failure
- Fear of change
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of what others will think
- Fear of losing something
- Fear of not having enough money
- Fear of relationships and trust
Do any of these fears hit close to home?
Good! That means you’ve just completed your first confidence building activity.
Before you can even begin to get your confidence back, you have to confront what your fears are. If you can do that, raising your confidence will be much easier than you think. So give yourself a little credit.
Now that’s you’ve aced your first activity, let’s move on to something new.
Confidence Goal-Setting: Assess Your Self-Doubt
Biting off more than you can chew prevents you from following through with goals and deadlines. Not finishing a goal is a confidence killer for so many. Moreover, you need goals to keep your eye on the ball, both professionally and socially.
That’s why after recognizing what your fears are, your next confidence building activities should involve setting and achieving manageable goals.
Setting confidence goals is the same as setting goals for your education and career. Except, this time, you’re setting goals for improving your self-esteem.
First, assess your surroundings and personal self-image. Take note of any behaviors, inner thoughts, and elements adding to your self-doubt.
Do any of these sound familiar?
- I’m constantly criticizing myself out loud.
- I self-deprecate myself to others.
- My home is too cluttered.
- I’m too embarrassed to invite guests over.
- I talk myself out of things I want to do.
- I don’t eat right, and I feel horrible.
- I don’t think I’m attractive
- I don’t feel I contribute anything to this world.
- I’m not good at anything.
Now that you’ve isolated how you’re expressing your self-doubt, you can create small, achievable goals to change your mindset.
Confidence Goal-Setting: Make A Plan
Take a look at your self-doubt assessment. Is there anything you missed?
The next phase of your confidence building activities is to set just one confidence goal and make a plan to achieve it.
Remember to start small. You want to eventually maintain a continuous cycle of goal-setting and achievement. This will inspire you to think more positively about yourself so you can move onward and upward.
Here’s an example:
- Choose something you want to change from the list above.
- For this example, let’s choose the negative inner thought, “I don’t feel I contribute anything to this world.” Therefore, your goal is to combat that feeling.
- Then ask yourself, what you could do to change that feeling.
Let’s brainstorm some remedies below:
- Plant trees in your local community
- Get involved with a mentoring program
- Rescue animals
- Volunteer at food banks
- Register people to vote
- Challenge yourself to try a new hobby
- Donate books to teachers
After selecting your goal and remedy set an achievement schedule next.
For example, if your plan is to plant trees and volunteer at food banks, set a weekly or bi-weekly schedule you can stick to.
Once you’ve conquered your first goal, go back to your assessment list to find another goal to complete. As you gradually knock those little self-doubts off your list, your confidence will grow as fears naturally diminish.
Why Volunteer Opportunities Are Effective Confidence Building Activities
As you can see, many of the examples above involve volunteering. That’s because volunteering is proven to be one of the best confidence-boosting exercises.
Quite simply, when you do good things for others, you feel better in return. But there’s also a bit of science behind it!
A study from The University of Exler found that people who volunteer feel healthier, are less depressed, and have a 20% lower mortality rate than those who don’t volunteer.
Plus, according to this national survey, people who volunteer enjoy these confidence-boosting benefits:
- 94% of participants reported a major improvement in their mood.
- 78% found that volunteering lowered their stress.
- 96% cited that volunteering gave them a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
- 80% said volunteering inspired them to take better care of their health.
- Volunteering keeps your mind focused on positive work. Participants with chronic illnesses found this aspect particularly beneficial.
- Within a year of volunteering, 76% of the participants found that volunteering improved their physical health.
Volunteering throws you into new situations, challenges, and people. Therefore, the more you volunteer, the more you gradually chip away at the following fears:
- Fear of socializing: Volunteering forces you to meet and socialize with new people, creating more connection.
- Fear of trying something new: Volunteering can present healthy physical and mental challenges, like building houses or learning a new skill.
- Fear of public speaking: Volunteering can help you conquer your fear of communicating within a group and in front of others.
- Fear of failure: Volunteer projects have clear goals to achieve. Following through with volunteering projects will help affirm your can-do attitude.
- Fear of leading: The more you volunteer, the more comfortable you will become with new challenges. This will help you discover your inner leadership qualities.
Keep A Confidence Log
Documenting your progress is a wonderful way to visualize your achievements, but it’s also an effective activity for giving yourself credit. Positive thinking is a crucial part of the confidence building process, so make sure to give yourself positive daily affirmations to keep your eye on the ball.
And your log doesn’t have to be a journal. If writing isn’t your thing, that’s just fine. Instead, you can create a confidence collage or diagram to track your goals, achievements, and affirmations.
The best part about confidence building activities is that you can tailor them to your own individual needs and style.
So are you ready to boost your confidence?
Remember to start with manageable confidence goals you can achieve, so you can create a positive cycle of awareness, planning, and achievement.