Building Confidence & Being Assertive
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Building Confidence & Being Assertive Top Tips
Confidence is important in relationships with others – it builds faith, projects success, and is viewed as an attractive trait
- Confidence is not something we are born with – it is acquired and grown or diminished over time based on biological factors and early life experiences/development
- Loss of confidence or low confidence is typically a result of the following either individually or in combination with each other:
- Social Media Living
- Negative thinking styles
- Poor agency
- Low Self-Esteem
- Imposter Syndrome
- Poor Outcomes to major life events (academic progression, secure attachment)
Build your confidence:
- Do more – more activities of ANY kind completed = better mindset
- Set realistic expectations
- Surround yourself with supportive people
- Challenge/reframe negative thinking
- Practice and accept failure as a natural part of learning/growing
- Use compassionate self-talk
- Get to know yourself and your values
Assertiveness is a skill that relies on confidence, self-esteem, and communication styles and creates the boundaries we set for others and ourselves.
- Passive, passive-aggressive, and aggressive communication styles won’t get the results we need while maintaining important relationships.
- Assertive communication means engaging in active listening while clearly stating what your needs are. Others can’t be defensive if they aren’t the subject of the conversation.