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To build self-confidence and self-esteem, it’s important to develop good habits that make you feel positive about yourself.  Having self-confidence is an attitude and mindset about your skills and capabilities.  If you want to learn how to be more confident, these 10 self-confidence tips will help you know your strengths and have a positive view of yourself.  

It’s easy to lose confidence if you don’t believe in yourself, so it’s important to build self-confidence and self-esteem.  Self-confidence means trusting in your abilities, capabilities, and decision-making.  Self-confidence is important in maintaining a positive mindset about yourself and your life.  

When you value yourself and have healthy self-esteem, your self-confidence grows.  When your life has a clear direction and purpose, you have greater self-confidence to achieve your goals.  

To build self-confidence and self-esteem it’s essential to recognise what you’ve already achieved, talk yourself up, and focus your time on the things you’re good at.  When you have the self-confidence to accept and trust yourself, you develop a greater belief in yourself.

This article shares 10 self-confidence tips that will help you learn how to be more confident.  These confidence tips will help you build your self-confidence, so you have the confidence and belief to accomplish everything you set your mind to achieve.

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10 self-confidence tips to be more confident

Here are 10 self-confidence tips you can use to learn how to be more confident:

1. Be more self confident by stopping negative self talk

To improve your self-confidence, be nice to yourself.  You can build self-confidence and self-esteem by trusting yourself and recognising your strengths.  Feeling good about yourself stops negative self-talk and replaces it with positive self-talk. 

Increase your self-confidence by being self-aware about your thinking and giving yourself the time and space to think positively about yourself.

To overcome negative self-talk, shift your perspective and think about yourself as a friend.  When you are nice to yourself and practice positive self-talk, you can reframe any negative feelings about yourself with feelings of positivity and being good enough.  

When you believe in yourself and are happy with yourself, you feel more confident and capable. 

2. Build lasting self-confidence

You build self-confidence when you achieve things that are important to you.  To build self-confidence, set yourself up for success by using past achievements as a confidence booster.  

When you feel fearful, you can build self-confidence by looking back to an experience where you overcame your fear.  If you lack self-confidence, identify the areas of your life where you feel confident.   

You may notice patterns that give you low self-esteem and low confidence, which you can use to build confidence in those areas.  Identify the opposite of those negatives feelings and lay out the first action step you can take.

When you feel confident, you trust your ability to handle difficult situations.   Whenever you lack self-confidence, focus your mind on the areas of your life where you feel confident and have high self-esteem. 

3. Think more confidently to overcome negativity

To improve your self-confidence, think confidently to overcome negative feelings.  Confidence increases when you feel positive about yourself, make better decisions and focus on your strengths. 

When you spend more time using your strengths and capabilities, your self-confidence and self-esteem improve.  When you express gratitude for what you have in your life, you build positive feelings and feel more confident.

Being intentional with your time, energy, and focus increases your confidence.  When you’re intentional, you have a clear direction and focus which builds your confidence about what you can achieve in your life.

Build your confidence by learning how to be more intentional.

4. Believe in your capabilities

Self-confidence is a belief in your attitude and your capabilities.  Your self-confidence grows by believing in yourself and expanding your strengths and capabilities.  

You can build your self-confidence by doing more of the things you love to do.  To develop better confidence habits, practice and get better at the things you feel confident about. 

Through practice and achieving improvements every day, you build self-confidence.  Greater self-confidence comes from making daily progress and seeing improvements every day, however small. 

If you want to learn how to be more confident, decide on something you want to improve in your life and dedicate 15 minutes a day to improving that skill or capability.

Regular practice builds self-confidence and increases your capabilities.  When you have higher levels of self-confidence, you want to seek greater improvements.

5. Focus on achievements to improve self-confidence 

Making positive progress towards your goals builds self-confidence and self-esteem.  When you feel confident, you take on bigger challenges, capture bigger opportunities, and reach your goals faster.  

Goal setting improves self-confidence and brings greater clarity and focus to what you want to achieve in the future.  Having goals gives your life greater direction and focus, which builds confidence.

When you set measurable goals and make progress on your goals, you feel better about yourself.  You feel like you’re making progress in your life.  Having goals give you the framework to make positive progress every day.   

When you feel like you’re making progress, you can plan your day confidently and focus on your biggest priorities.  This structure helps you feel clear, capable, and confident about achieving your goals.  

When you achieve your daily goals you build self-confidence and self-esteem.  When you make daily goal achievement a habit, you’ll continue to build your self-confidence.  

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6. Understand what gives you self-confidence  

Self-confidence is built on accomplishment and achievement.  To build self-confidence, understand what gives you confidence so you can spend more time in those areas.

To build your self-confidence, look at everything in your life that gives you feelings of confidence and self-esteem.  Get clear on the things that give you confidence in the present and what gave you confidence in the past.  

You can boost your self-confidence by focusing on the things you feel positive and confident about, rather than worrying about the things that lower your confidence.  The best confidence habit you can develop is to identify the things that already give you confidence.  

Learn more about how to build self-esteem.

7.  Be true to yourself

Self-confidence is a feeling of self-assurance and belief in yourself rather than trying to be someone else.  To build self-confidence, be thankful for what you have and express gratitude for who you are. 

One of the quickest ways to lower self-esteem and confidence is to compare yourself to someone else.  Self-confidence builds when you value yourself and feel worthy regardless of any negative feelings. 

To be more confident, be true to yourself and talk yourself up.  When you are clear about who you are and what you want in life, you feel more confident.  This clarity gives you a clear vision and purpose and allows you to follow your path.  

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8. Don’t compare yourself

Comparing yourself to other people lowers self-esteem and self-confidence and ensures you don’t feel good about yourself.  To boost self-confidence, focus on the things and achievements that increase your self-worth and confidence. 

To build self-confidence, recognise what you’re good at, and create positive relationships with people who appreciate you and make you feel worthy.   

Instead of being self-critical, be kind to yourself and focus on the things that make you feel happier and more positive.  Develop a gratitude practice to appreciate yourself and the people you have in your life.  

Self-confidence builds when you make improvements and see positive progress in your life.  To be more confident, celebrate your wins and successes rather than comparing your life to someone else’s.

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9. Spend time with people who build your self-confidence

You can increase your self-confidence and self-esteem by spending more time with people who build you up and give you confidence. 

When you spend time with people who make you feel positive about yourself, your self-confidence increases.  If you spend time with people who don’t appreciate you, you can experience low self-esteem.  

Self-confidence is an attitude about your skills and abilities.  To build self-confidence, spend time with people who acknowledge those capabilities and want to talk you up.

10. Celebrate your achievements every day

Daily progress towards your goals increases self-confidence and gives your life greater motivation and purpose.  Your self-confidence builds when you achieve important things and make improvements in your life.  

Build your self-confidence by recognising and celebrating your daily achievements.  Developing this positive habit builds motivation, morale and increases your self-esteem.   

To reach your goals, you need the self-confidence and motivation to overcome fears and obstacles.  Celebrating daily achievements builds the self-confidence you need to overcome those challenges and turn your goals into reality.   

Get more tips on how to increase motivation.


You can build self-confidence in yourself by celebrating what you’ve already achieved, practicing self-care, and focusing on the things you’re good at.  To build strong self-esteem, create confident habits that make you feel good about yourself.

To increase your self-confidence, build positive relationships, know your goals, accept your emotions and practice positive thinking.  When you like and value yourself as a person, your mindset and confidence will grow.  You can make better decisions, assert yourself and build greater self-esteem. 

Now I’d love to hear from you. 

How do you build self-confidence?  

What’s your best tip for building your self-esteem? 

Let me know in the comments. 

Self-Confidence Tips

This article is part of the self-confidence tips series. You can also read the other articles in the series below:

13 powerful ways to boost self-confidence 

11 tips on how to build self-confidence

3 simple ways to increase confidence every day

4 simple ways to be more confident 

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