Being confident is something most of us strive for. However, for those of us (myself included!) that struggle with self confidence often find ourselves reading advice that is clearly meant for those who are more on the extroverted side. So I am excited to share today the tips I have learned for how to be truly confident: introvert edition.
Before we jump into these tips about how to be confident as an introvert I want to quickly touch on the importance of better self confidence.
Why is having self confidence so important?
- Self confidence helps you feel comfortable and confident going for your dreams.
- People listen to you and respect you more if you are confident. You immediately send off vibes that you know what you are doing.
- Feeling more confident helps you make decisions quicker and easier which also helps you avoid decision fatigue. It can also help you avoid burnout as well, both personal burnout and professional burnout.
- Lastly, it also helps you feel generally better about yourself which is great for your mental health and mental wellness.
Now that we have covered that lets get into the post so you can learn how to be truly confident: introvert edition!
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How To Be Truly Confident: Introvert Edition
Introverts guide to boosting self confidence
Tip 1: Learn positive body language.
As an introvert this is something you can learn for boosting confidence that doesn’t involve going too far out of your comfort zone.
Positive body language signals to the world before you even talk that you are confident and successful.
Positive body language includes things such as shoulders back, arms down (not crossed), good posture, and relaxed facial expressions.
Your body language is the most visual way to seem confident!
If you are struggling with how to turn your body language into more positive and confident then I recommend reading Without Saying a Word: Master the Science of Body Language and Maximize Your Success.
If you aren’t sure how your body language is coming across to others than don’t be afraid to ask someone in your life that you trust to evaluate your body language and give you feedback on how it comes across to people.
Tip 2: Work on saying no.
As an introvert this may seem scary since a lot of us are also people pleasers but learning to say no is so important for being more confident. And as an introvert when you learn to say no and become more confident you may end up with a life you like more at the other end!
Confidence goes hand in hand with prioritizing the things that matter the most to you and your life.
A large part of that prioritization is to say no to things that do not align with your goals.
This is something that you will need to practice and put effort into. You will need to learn how to determine what to say no to and what to say yes to and then how to correctly and kindly say no to things that aren’t helping you. For more advice on this then please read: Learn to Prioritize: Say No.
Tip 3: Accept new challenges.
When you are presented with a new challenge as an introvert it can be easy to run away but the opportunity is already being presented to you. You need to accept the challenge in front of you!
You are strong and capable and you can take on this opportunity even if it seems scary at the beginning.
A great way to start building up this confidence is to start taking on smaller new challenges and start to build up the confidence to take on larger and more important new challenges.
Tip 4: Start a daily gratitude journal.
Gratitude is something that isn’t as obvious but is completely necessary for boosting your self confidence.
By focusing on the positives in your life you will start thinking about all the great things going on in your life that you can be thankful for.
By putting everything you are thankful for on paper it will help you improve your mental wellness and confidence! Check out this great gratitude journal here!
Tip 5: Unplug regularly from social media.
Social media leads to comparison.
And comparison lead to self doubt and lowered self esteem.
So take a weekend every month or so and unplug from your phone! For tips on unplugging from your phone check out these tips: How To Unplug From Your Phone Every Day.
Tip 6: Spend time on your hobbies and interests.
Putting time into your hobbies and interests is an indirect way to boost confidence.
By focusing and making your interests a priority you are indirectly boosting your own interests. Which can in the long run help you be more confident. Indirect confidence boosters can be really important for improving confidence as an introvert.
Tip 7: Speak and present with clarity
Speaking and holding yourself with clarity and conviction not only makes you appear more confident but it will help you actually become a more confident person.
Speaking with clarity means speaking at a loud but calm level, eliminating filler words (like, um, uh), and using definite language that conveys your thoughts and opinions without uncertainty.
Tip: sometimes it is hard to realize what filler words you use because you do not always realize you are saying them. So don’t be afraid to ask someone what words you use a lot to help you start to eliminate them!
Tip 8: Work on comparing yourself to others less.
This final tip for learning how to be truly confident as an introvert is so important.
Confident people know that they are successful and wonderful and that they don’t need to “beat” others to prove their worth.
For confident people it is important to improve yourself and know your worth, not to feel that you need to just be better than others.
I hope that these tips for being more confident were helpful for you and gave you some guidance as an introvert!
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