Readers often ask, "How can I grow my confidence?" I have spoken with a great number of people about this topic and realize that it is a struggle that so many people deal with. I have some terrific recommendations that are quick and simple to perform and should be used on a daily foundation for success.

How Badly Do You Want To Increase Your Confidence?

If you'd like to develop confidence you have to want it badly enough to genuinely try. Don’t just read these suggestions then move on with life. Print out the page and make an effort to implement these tips. Once you've increased confidence in every part of your life, you'll recognize the many rewards.

Boost Confidence: Twenty Quick And Practical Ideas!

1. Think of someone who is confident and act, talk and walk like him or her. Model their mannerisms and behavior. It works for them; it will work for you.

2. Smile a lot more, this will increase confidence. That doesn’t mean putting a silly grin on your face! But smile when you walk down the street, when you meet others and generally be happier even if you’re not feeling that way.

3. Learn from your past; don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s gone; it’s certainly not coming back. Instead, learn from it for next time.

4. Buy yourself some new clothing, get your hair done, treat yourself to something new. This will make you feel better and will give your ego a boost.

5. Are you prepared for situations? Do you think you're prepared enough to meet any challenge that may come up? Are you ready for that meeting, that presentation, that job interview, or meeting another person for the first time? If not, get to it.

6. Play to your strengths. Know what you're good at and expose yourself to these opportunities at every chance you get – since you’re good at it, you’ll really like it and have more confidence.

7. Strengthen your confidence by improving your weaknesses. Know and appreciate what these are and put a approach in place to strengthen them over time.

8. Saying no to people will boost your confidence. Don’t be afraid, you’ve got nothing to be afraid of. Just observe the reaction on their face after you’ve said it the first time and there will be no going back.

9. Be positive. Look on the "can do" side of issues instead of the "can’t do". You’ve accomplished lots with your life and you'll achieve a great deal more in the future.

10. Be in charge of your thoughts at all times. What is a thought? It’s simply a question that you’ve asked yourself and the thought is you’re response. When you’re thinking negative thoughts, you’re likely asking a negative question. Change the questions to be more positive. This really is a powerful and will no doubt increase your confidence.

11. Every time you feel a negative thought coming, STOP, THINK, and say, "Is this really important in the grand scheme of things?" A lot of the time it isn’t. Many people in life major in minor things!

12. Do you allow the words of others affect you? Do you mind what they think of you? Keep in mind that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. It’s not what they say to you that’s the problem it’s what you say to yourself after they've stopped talking that’s the problem. Change the way you think.

13. Record the words that you use on a consistent basis whenever you feel let down or frustrated. People use different words to mean the same thing and depending upon the intensity of the word – this will have an effect on your confidence. Rather than saying "I’m enraged about this" say, "I’m a little annoyed." Make a substitute list for the words which you use. Be certain that they have a lower intensity and then use them. You’ll be surprised with the results.

14. At the end of each day, record your achievements and successes throughout that day.

15. Be appreciative of what you have to be thankful for in your life at the moment. Who do you love? Who loves you? Who do you help out?

16. Every morning when you’re in the shower, play over in your head the events in the day as though they've already happened and they were a success. Visualize all of the meetings that you had, the people you talked to, the outcomes you had. Envision success and confidence and it will be so.

17. Enhance your body language. The way which you move your body has a substantial impact on your confidence levels. Move your body assertively and walk with your head up, shoulders back and as if you’ve got somewhere important to go. Feeling low in confidence? Change your body language.

18. Emotion is produced by motion. As in 17, be sure you move around regularly. This creates energy and gets the blood pumping around your entire body – it makes you feel better and more confident.

19. Learn to brag about yourself. Yes, you heard me! Talk about your accomplishments and successes more than you currently are. The subconcious mind is listening. This is a effective technique to increase confidence.

20. Keep in mind that a lot of of the opportunities that you don't go for are gone forever because you didn’t ASK for them. To be able to get what you want in life, you have to ask for it. I understand that if I ask enough people for whatever it is that I want, I can have it.

Increase Confidence With the Power Of Words

Preserve this in the forefront of your mind, you only live once. So, remember when you are feeling down just ask yourself this question: "In 10 or 20 years from now, will what I'm worrying about genuinely matter?" The inner talk in your mind can cause great injury or be healing powerful words which will increase confidence. I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope that you can take something away and practice it in your own life.

I want you to improve confidence so you can experience joy in your life…I want you to feel great about your life.

To your success,

Sharon Koenig

The Prosperous Lady

Confidence is one attribute of the successful person. You will find more strategies to improve yourself and improve your chances of life success and to live abundantly. Visit The Prosperity People Blog for more approaches from an industry expert, Sharon Koenig (a.k.a. Sharon Prosperity, the Prosperous Lady) to improve your life and business.

Author's Bio: 

For the last two decades Sharon has taken five companies from $0 to earning 6-figures! Her background in business and marketing has helped make many people prosper and realize their dreams in the brick-and-mortar world. The internet is nothing new to her. Sharon has successfully built two internet business using skills including making the actual web sites, search engine optimization as well as using the hot trends of advertising on Facebook and Twitter.