2. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
Learning who you are doesn’t happen overnight. For one thing, it can be hard to know which parts of you are you, and which parts are who you think you should be. As you use your strengths and improve where there’s room to grow, you’ll develop both confidence and fulfillment simultaneously.
3. Expect success.
Find the successes in every day and you’ll notice over time that they increase.
4. Trust your capabilities.
No one in the world knows everything. Everyone is good at some things and not so good at others.
If someone criticizes you, take it is an opportunity to improve. If someone does better than you, see it as an opportunity to learn from them.
Don’t worry if you’re not confident in what you can do now—be confident in your potential.
5. Take risks.
I had to crawl, walk, fall, and repeat to get comfortable with vulnerability and conflict. I made tons of mistakes, and a lot of it hurt. But I live a peopled life now, and it’s worth all the discomfort it took to get here.
6. Practice confidence.
Like anything else in life, your confidence will improve with practice.
As you shake their hand, introduce yourself, and listen to them speak, watch your internal monologue. If you start doubting yourself in your head, replace your thoughts with more confident ones. Ask yourself what a confident person would do and then try to emulate that.
Watch your posture and your tone. Hunching and mumbling will make you feel and look less confident, so stand up and speak slowly and clearly.
Above all, remember you are capable and worthy—just as much as anyone else, regardless of what you’ve achieved, regardless of what mistakes you’ve made.
Knowing that intellectually is the first step to believing it in your heart. Believing it is the key to living it. And living it is the key to reaching your potential.