We all want to feel confident and capable of accomplishing our goals. However, wanting something and achieving something are two different things. If you’re tired of wanting to be more self-confident and are ready to take the step towards actually being self-confident, keep reading. Here are six easy ways for you to boost your self-confidence.

Make a List of Your Positive Attributes
Our worst enemy can be the voice in our head telling us that we’ll never amount to anything. It’s time to silence that voice. The best way to do that is to make a list of all your talents, strengths and abilities. Include things that you’ve accomplished in the past, as well as positive things that people have said about you over the years. Once you’ve put all these things down on paper, put that list in a prominent position where you can see it every day.

Be Yourself
It might seem hard to be ourselves, especially when so many voices are telling us to eat a certain way, dress a certain way and be a certain way. Unfortunately, trying to be someone other than yourself is a recipe for disaster, if not altogether impossible. Pretending to be someone else means that you’ll always be insecure. You will always be looking to others to approve of your chosen mask. You’ll never be able to fully relax. If you want to be confident, you have to be yourself, without apologies. No, not everyone is going to love you or respect you, but it’s more important that you love and respect yourself. If you can do that, your self-confidence will emerge as a natural result.

Set Realistic Expectations
It’s great to have lofty goals, but if you haven’t put on your running shoes in over five years, you’re not going to be ready to run a marathon at the end of the month. Setting unrealistic goals and then failing to meet them can be lead to discouragement, making it more likely that you’ll want to give up. Set short-term goals as well as long-term goals. If your long-term goal is to run a marathon, perhaps your short-term goal can be to run a mile every day for a week. Accomplishing short-term goals is a huge confidence booster, and it will make the long-term goals more possible to achieve.

Eat Healthier Foods
If you eat healthy foods, you will feel better about yourself. Your diet should now consist of lean proteins, carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, and nutrient-rich vegetables. Healthy eating can make you feel and look healthier. It’s also important to stay hydrated. Use additional health products, like those from ASEA, to boost your health even more. You will see many positive results when you eat and drink healthier.

Commit to an Exercise Routine
A daily exercise routine will get you in shape and improve your body image, leading to greater self-confidence. You won’t just look good, you’ll also feel good too. Have you ever heard of a “runner’s high?” Strenuous physical activity causes your body to produce endorphins, which are a natural antidepressant.

Take Up a Meditation Practice
A daily meditation practice can improve your health, lower stress and boost your confidence. As stated earlier, we can be our own worst enemy, especially when we get caught in a pattern of negative thinking and self-doubt. Meditation trains you to detach from and observe your thoughts. Once you’re able to observe your thoughts, you can begin replacing your negative thoughts with positive ones.

Building self-confidence doesn’t happen overnight. It takes determination, faith and courage to put into practice the examples listed above. If you’re willing to commit to small actions each day, you’ll find that these practices will become easier. Before you know it, you’ll be thinking, acting, and feeling like the self-confident person you are destined to be.

Author's Bio: 

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about family, health, home and lifestyle. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn't writing.