Building Self-Confidence: 6 Key Steps to Find the Bravado Within

ready for actionHave you been looking for professional and personal success? Do you want to make an uplifting difference in your life? Would you like to maximize your potential?

If you are tired of feeling anxious, discouraged and afraid then pay attention because this one’s for you!

Did you know that self-confidence affects your thoughts, feelings, behavior, body, the way you look and, most influential, your decision making process? That’s right…self-confidence affects a persons choices in life.

Question: Can someone with low self-esteem develop self-confidence?

Answer: But of course! 

So let’s get started! What does it take to have the confidence you’ve been looking for?

Think about the things you do best and why you are so good at them. Literally take a second and really think about the specific things that you do better than good. Focus for a second on those few things you do great and why. Chances are, you are great because you have devoted endless hours to practicing the craft. Regardless of formal or informal training the thing you do best is something you’ve done often.

A great starting point to boost your self-esteem is to begin by addressing your areas of low self-confidence. In order to find a solution you must admit that something needs to be resolved.

  • Admit your weaknesses.
  • Focus on what you are good at.
  • Always be you and honest about who you are.
  • Never use labels because you are what you think and say.
  • Find comfort in new situations.
  • Develop an optimistic outlook on life.

Self-confidence may not happen overnight yet the possibilities are endless. Defeat your fears and doubts by stepping into the unknown. Typically you find yourself feeling weary and doubtful when you are uncertain what may happen. The next time you find yourself feeling lost and confused it’s okay to act as if you’re overflowing with confidence. Act as though you are in control and your entire mood and day will shift in a positive direction. I guarantee it!

A highly effective way to develop confidence is to act like you are confident. Believe me, most people you stumble upon during a typical workday are insecure persons acting as if they are secure. They are simply stepping into the unknown with self-confidence and now it’s your turn.
I would like to conclude by sharing a bit of advice a girlfriend gave me more than a decade ago, “Walk the walk and talk the talk and you will own the room!”

Photo credit: Micah Esguerra
Originally published May 2010.
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About Alicia Amie

Born December 22, 1980, in Houston, Texas. Alicia grew up as the youngest of four children. Her father, Ernest Amie Sr., provided tender love and protection while her mother, Hester Kemp Amie, was a powerhouse of nourishment and unconditional understanding. Together her parents and siblings created the ethical foundation for everything Alicia stands for. For as long as she can remember Alicia always had deep aspirations for becoming a professional in the fashion and entertainment industry. She also had a natural and undying compassion to lend a helping hand to those in need. After graduating from Lamar High School, in the Magnet Program, dealing with Business Administration, Alicia sat foot to run straight to Hollywood and become the ‘Super Star’ she always wanted to be. However, thanks to her families high level of encouragement in education Alicia went on to earn a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and Media Production from the University of Houston. This was completion of a promise to her father to always put education first. Alicia is a professional Model, Runway Instructor, Voice Over Artist, qualified Motivational Speaker and Writer. She is no stranger to the fashion, entertainment and educational industries. Alicia has more than 10 years of professional modeling experience and seven years of teaching. She offers a wide range of programs and services - from Runway and Modeling Workshops to Motivational Speaking Seminars. Holding tight to a successful and prospering career, Alicia loves to advise others how to achieve the success they desire. In the fashion industry she has worked side by side with renowned designers like Vera Wang and Badgley Mischka in addition to walking runways for prestigious clients like Neiman Marcus, Sak's Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom to say the least. On the business professional side she has also spoken to more than 30 High Schools and Colleges through out the mid-west and west coast regions with audiences as large as 500 attendees. One of Alicia’s most recent accomplishments was working as a spokesperson for General Motors Corporate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention in an effort to convey GM's technologies and initiatives to boost the American economy, clean up the environment and conserve energy. Alicia believes it was a true privilege to be a part of such a monumental piece of History. Passionate about finding true fulfillment in one’s dreams and it’s possibilities, Alicia's efforts are to provide inspirational and practical tools that are designed to ‘EMPOWER’ ‘ENCOURAGE’ AND ‘EQUIP.’