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Not having a good day? Before you start internalizing and ruining what little confidence you have left after the disaster, think about these things:
1. Remember Who Loves You
Sometimes just knowing someone is already in your corner is enough to replenish fading confidence. After all, your friends are your friends for a reason, right?
If you’re feeling particularly alone, you might want to consider your Facebook feed or Instagram followers. Someone out there cares about you, probably more than you think.
2. Realize What Caused the Shift
Something just caused you to lose confidence. What is it? By figuring out where the problem lies, you’re that much closer to solving it.
3. Remember Who You Were
Somewhere before this confidence drop, you were someone else entirely. In other words, if you were confident once, it’s merely a matter of remembering who that person was. Believe it or not, you’re still the same person inside. You’re just not feeling it right now.
4. Figure Out the Goals
How are you supposed to move forward from this point if you don’t know where you’re going? It’s definitely time to look at the future ahead of you. Where do you see yourself in a week? A month? A year?
What does this person look like? What are they accomplishing? Here’s where you do some serious goal setting. You’ll be amazed at how much a solid destination helps confidence.
5. Try a Strategic Retreat
If your confidence is wavering thanks to the input of a certain situation or individual, it might be time to pull back.
There’s nothing wrong with cutting toxic people out of your lives, and no one says you need to stay in an unhealthy situation. The absolute best thing you can do for your confidence is to protect yourself from things bent on destroying it.
6. Talk to Your Tribe
It’s nearly impossible to feel confident after a hard blow when you’re going it alone. Find your friends and supporters. Talk to your mentors. These are people who are there to help and build you up. Let them.
7. Act “As If”
Faking it is an amazing magical thing all on its own. Oddly enough, studies have found that people who go out and fake confidence start feeling genuine confidence very quickly.
8. Give Yourself Time
Nothing happens overnight. Realize the process might take longer than you want it to. Be patient and acknowledge it may be a while before you feel your old self again.