Having confidence isn’t always easy, especially when the possibility of failure is terrifying. Luckily, it’s a science like any other feeling, and we’re going to break it down for you.
What Is It?
Combine the belief that you are valuable and capable (otherwise known as positive self-esteem), optimism, and the courage to face a challenge head on, and boom, you’ve got confidence.
Where Does it Come From?
Several things, actually: your genes, the social pressures of your environment, and the things you have control over. The most important factor is the choices you can make, because it is your own free will that can change your ability to be confident.
How Do You Boost Your Own Confidence?
For that question, you’ll have to watch this video—but we’ll give you a few hints:
- Start a difficult task by picturing your success.
- Have a growth mindset about how you can improve.
- Don’t be afraid of failure.
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As Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Motto, CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author