By David Johnson
Exercise regularly. Even if you feel like you are nowhere near your goal fitness level, the act of getting out and being active is an instant confidence booster. The better news: it’s also a long-term confidence and mood booster. Working out is an activity that positively impacts your physical and mental health, and makes you feel more in control of your appearance and confidence. Find a friend or colleague who is also interested in working out with you and make plans to hold each other accountable. The encouragement you give to each other will help you grow from one level of confidence (and fitness) to the next.
Dress for success. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to embrace your own personal style—and feel confident as a result. Don’t worry about trends when you buy clothing; instead, look for items that flatter your body shape and make you feel comfortable in your own skin. Even the addition of just a few items to your wardrobe every season add up over time and give you more to choose from when you are constructing your outward appearance each morning.
Get organized. While you can’t prepare for everything, there are a lot of things that you can control in order to feel more confidence in your daily routine. This applies to work, family life, and personal goals. The simple act of taking care of you and setting yourself up for success is a confidence booster. Spend a little time choosing a great outfit for tomorrow and lay it out for yourself tonight. Pack a healthy lunch and snacks to take to work after dinner tonight. Practice presentations in front of your spouse a few times before delivering them to your colleagues. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you can’t seem to show up anywhere on time, or can’t find the items you are looking for, or have trouble even finding the time to eat right. By doing some basic planning in advance, you will feel more confident and purposeful when it comes to the course of your day.
Keep improving. It’s in our human nature to like a challenge. When you become too locked into your daily routine or too comfortable, it can lead to a drop in confidence levels and overall happiness. Even if you don’t have much time to dedicate to something new, look for small ways to challenge yourself every day. Apply for a promotion at work. Tackle a home improvement project on your own. Find a road race and begin training for it. In every situation, ask yourself: How can I be better? Not better than anyone around you—better than you were the day before.
Do something that scares you. Step outside of your comfort zone and attempt something that makes you uncomfortable at first. By making progress on that activity, and potentially even mastering it one day, you will have a newfound confidence in that task—and in yourself too.
Don’t be afraid of change. It’s important to accept the person you truly are, both inside and out. Still, more than half of the women in the world feel say that they are their own worst beauty critic—but these women also feel empowered to change what they don’t like. This may mean something as simple as a new hair style or color, or something more permanent like fat-reducing laser treatments. Whether you want a new tattoo, a new apartment, or a new look—don’t be afraid of change. Be true to your authentic self and you can’t go wrong.
– David Johnson is the Creative Director at Verju. Verju by Erchonia is a new revolutionary device designed specifically for the treatment of cellulite. In his free time David enjoys writing, craft beers, and practicing Brazillian Jiu Jitsu at his local gym.