Confidence Is… (Part I)

In todays world, confidence is more than just believing in yourself and your abilities. Confidence is all about attitude. Confident people tend to have a little more pep in their step, an infectious personality, and a certain charm that attracts others to them. Though confidence is not about looks, putting a little extra effort into your physical appearance can also be a huge confidence boost.

I would consider myself to be a confident woman. Though I have shy mannerisms, I recognize that I’m a work in progress. At the very least, I’m confident in my own skin, confident with my relationships, and confident in my abilities to do well at the things I enjoy… like blogging for instance… I love it, I’m going for it, and it can only get better from here!

Some of us are still trying to find ourselves, and maybe without even knowing it, we could use a little push to help get us out of our own way. Ultimately we all just want to be the best version of ourselves. I’m so motivated to bettering myself that I’m dedicating one post per month to discovering new avenues and traits for building and defining confidence. This is a journey that I’m personally going through. If I can inspire a few people along the way, that would be an accomplishment in itself that I would truly be proud of.

Here are my 4 definitions of confidence for the month of January. Time to let down your hair and let the true you shine through. Enjoy.

Part I

Confidence is…

  1. Having an Attitude of Gratitude: Be grateful for all that you have, and all that you will achieve. Sometimes when I find myself complaining about something going wrong in my life, I have to remind myself that it could be worse and that I am actually quite blessed. Things are going to go wrong… that’s life. But we can’t let those things consume our minds and hearts with ungratefulness and discouragement. Take the bad and turn it into something great. Know that you can achieve and thrive in whatever your heart desires.
  2. Exiting Stage Left to Your Comfort Zone: Take risks, try new things, and go the extra mile. Only then will you recognize your true potential. Now, you don’t have to go jumping out of planes or anything, but don’t let fear hold you back from the things that you do want to experience. It’s all about taking baby steps. Challenge yourself at each new opportunity.
  3. Taking Your Health Seriously: Rest, exercise, and healthy eating habits are key to feeling awake, present… or alive for that matter. As much as I dislike the aches that follow working out… I’m pretty much always glad that I took the time to break a sweat. It may not physically feel good, but it most certainly feels good mentally. With that comes getting in some z’s. I literally have to set a bed time for myself sometimes… when you are feeling tired don’t deprive yourself of sleep. You might feel like a grandma for going to bed at 8:00pm, but your mind and body will thank you for it the next day!
  4. Having Great Posture: If you’re like me and you’re working your way up the confidence ladder, start by simply standing tall. Having great posture not only represents confidence, it exudes confidence. So that even if you’re not 100% confident in yourself, you’ll at least look it! Look at it this way, if you’re standing tall you’re emitting assurance and openness to opportunities and success. If you’re slouched or hunched over, you transmit uncertainty and the lack of interest for opportunities and success. In which case, both instances often tend to be true. We’ve all been that student in class looking down at our “notes” so that the teacher won’t call on us, right!? As a side note, great posture also makes you appear taller and slimmer… just throwing that in there in case I hadn’t convinced you already.

How do you define CONFIDENCE? How do you aspire to be more confident? How confident are you in yourself? How would you encourage those who lack confidence?

xoxo Jamela

“Confidence is the ability to feel beautiful without needing someone to tell you.”

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