Humans are wired to care what people say.
It's a tradition that the bulk of the population can't find a way out of. If you feel you're giving the onlooker so much power over how you look, you're in good company.
Below are five great ways to improve your confidence and pursue your life goals, knowing you're just as good as anyone:
- Choose the right clothing.
Most people focus on two things when it comes to clothing: staying up to speed with fashion and being comfortable in what they are wearing. Finding the perfect balance of this is no easy feat, especially if you're overweight, but there's no rule obligating you to pursue both. You can choose one and make it your point of focus.
For instance, you can go with looking good and feeling comfortable over being stylish. If you focus all your energy on it, you're bound to achieve contentment and confidence.
Making it a habit will bring your contacts into agreeing that you're wearing what you're wearing because you choose to, not because you're compelled to.
- Wear fitting clothes.
Most people mistake “fitting” for “tight.” Fitting clothes occupy the middle ground between saggy and body-hugging. They don't possess the unconventionality required of trendy fashion, but they pass as confidence bodywear for anyone who loathes attention.
- Don’t be too critical of yourself.
Many humans are better looking than they think they are. This is because most of us are too critical of ourselves, factoring in trivial details when making overall assessments of ourselves. You'd be surprised to learn that strangers don't even notice the flaws you want to kill yourself over.
Your confidence is partly a product of your biased inclination toward certain aspects of your anatomy and lifestyle. You can choose to obsess over the things you hate about yourself or view yourself from the eyes of an onlooker and see how insignificant some of those elements are.
- Hit the gym.
Going to the gym can significantly boost your confidence, whether or not you bulk up or gain strength. Basically, you start seeing progress, even when there's none.
If you're not able to get a gym membership, take up a home workout regimen. Both have the same confidence-boosting potential, and with an abundance of pull up rigs and cable machines available online, it’s easy to get that gym experience without having to leave your house. You just need to choose what suits you and stick to it.
- Stay off social media.
Social media has made the world one tiny village where news about a newly founded craze spreads from one end to another in days. There are so many positives to it, but the flip side is equally weighty. Photos of vacationing friends, well-dressed celebrities, and perfectly-built Instagram models, for instance, can introduce you to inflated beauty standards that could kill your self-esteem. Instead of spending hours scrolling and tapping away on social media, focus on things that add to your confidence.
Self-confidence is a vital ingredient of success in whatever wild dream you're chasing. The above tips can help you achieve it in the most seamless and effort-free way.