Is Your Self-Confidence Lost? Use These 5 Image-Boosting Tips!

Many of us have issues with how we look, particularly if we've grown up overweight ... Fortunately by becoming more active you can really improve your self-confidence as well. Here are 5 tips to improve your self-confidence.

Article Summary:
  • Setting unrealistic goals can damage your self-image.
  • An added reward for reaching a goal can accentuate your success.
  • Find like-minded people who will support you in your goals.

  • Improving self-confidence by believing in yourself

    In many cases, people are getting involved with fitness and eating a healthy diet in order to help boost their self-esteem and confidence levels.

    Many of us have issues with how we look, particularly if we've grown up overweight or were placed in an environment where our body was constantly watched and monitored (such as in some types of sports). These events then transfer over to our adult lives and we are left to deal with the consequences.

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    Many of us have issues
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    Fortunately by becoming more active you can really work toward improving your self-confidence, transferring many benefits over into other areas of your life, not just in how fit you are.

    Here are some of the main things you should keep in mind.

    Choose Realistic Goals

      Potentially the most important thing you need to make sure you do, if you want to improve your overall self-confidence level by believing in yourself, is selecting goals that are actually obtainable.

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    Make realistic goals so you don't get set up for failure!
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      While you definitely do want to set high goals for yourself so you are striving to reach your best, if you set goals that are clearly out of reach, it's just going to work against your self-confidence level because when you don't obtain the goal, it's going to leave you feeling worse about yourself than if you hadn't strived for the goal in the first place.

      On the other hand, if you set a higher goal that is within reach and then accomplish that goal, that's going to really boost your self-efficacy, helping you feel more capable of reaching the goals you set for yourself.

    Are The Goals You Set Realistic?

    Yes but they take a lot of effort.
    Yes very reasonable.
    Yes but I go too easy on myself.
    Not always but I'm motivated by a missed goal.
    No I never reach my goals.

      The great thing about this too is that over time, as you accomplish more and more goals, you're going to find that each one leaves you with slightly higher self-confidence levels and a belief in yourself. For this reason, it's slightly smarter to select slightly shorter term goals rather than one long-term goal since each accomplishment will help to increase your belief in yourself.

    Set Rewards

      Along with setting realistic goals, the next thing you must do is make sure you set some proper rewards for those goals as well. Simply setting the goal and achieving it isn't enough, you really should follow through with some sort of reward since for most people, this helps with the acknowledgement process.

      In order to have the accomplishment boost your self-confidence, you're going to need to mentally realize what you've done and that reward allows this process to happen.

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      The reward doesn't necessarily have to be something extremely extravagant - a new CD to workout to, a new pair of shoes, or even a session with a masseuse would all work fine. In addition to that, these rewards are also going to help keep your motivational levels higher while you're in the process of working toward the goal in the first place.

      Typically you'll set a much larger reward for your long-term goal and a set of smaller rewards leading up to that goal with your mini (short-term) goals.

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    The reward doesn't need to be
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    Review Your Accomplishments

      As time progresses on, it's also important that you regularly review your accomplishments. Even if you haven't reached one of your 'set' goals, by looking back at your journal (assuming you are keeping one), you'll help demonstrate to yourself that you are indeed making progress which can then help increase your belief in yourself.

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      As you assess this, you may also notice trends with your accomplishments. Perhaps you had a much easier time accomplishing one type of goal compared to another. This type of thing is important to look at since it may guide you in which types of goals you should naturally pursue.

      Obviously you want to strive to reach goals that are important to you, but in some cases certain body types do lend to certain activities slightly better. By aiming for at least some goals that come naturally you'll have a better chance of gaining a higher level of self-belief.

    Identify negative self-talk

      One thing that's really going to put a damper on your self-belief is any negative self-talk that may be present. It's vital that you learn to identify when you're using negative self-talk and take action to reverse it immediately.

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      While it may not seem like it's that big of a deal, the negative statements you say to yourself on a repeated basis can really influence what you believe about yourself. Many high-level competitive athletes use positive self-statements as a way to improve their performance, so if they are taking it seriously, you know it's something that could likely help you out.

    Place Yourself In A Supportive Environment

      Not only is what you say to yourself important, but what others around you are saying is critical as well. If you're not in a supportive environment and are constantly around others who either don't support your goals, or even worse, try to sabotage you, over time it's going to impact how you feel about your own capabilities.

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      As much as possible try and place yourself around others who want to help you reach your goals and support the entire process. That extra little bit of encouragement from others can really be the final push to making you fully believe in yourself.


    So, keep these points in mind if you feel like you might be suffering from self-limiting beliefs. The more you criticize yourself and get into the mindset that you really can't do it, the more likely this is going to become true.

    Your self-belief and your results really can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, so getting your belief in yourself in order is the first step toward reaching your future goals.