Self-confidence is best described as one’s need for acceptance and recognition, manifesting through one’s emotional and psychological state. Basically, self-confidence is the level of awareness regarding the things a person can achieve and the overall positive image a person has of him/herself. Additionally, self-confident people are more likely to accept their own mistakes and admit them, learning how to further better themselves.
People who are self-confident have no troubles trusting themselves and other people, believing in everything they do, expecting success. Thus, their decision-making capabilities are well-developed, as well as their sense of strategy and management. Taking into consideration that all these qualities are crucial in the world of business today, self-confident people are bound to be more successful than people who lack this state of mind.
Individuals who lack self-confidence tend to be excessively dependant on the opinions and judgments of other people, being incapable of making their own decisions and moves freely. They are overly self-critical and tend to sabotage their own chances of achieving certain goals in life.
Low Self-Confidence Limiting People
People who lack self-confidence tend to stay in their comfort zone, avoiding risks and new encounters due to fear of being rejected. This state of social phobia usually goes hand-in-hand with low self-confidence or even depression. People who lack the necessary courage of making new connections in life and forming bonds and relations with other people tend to live isolated lives, being burdened by that very fact.
Moreover, believing in yourself makes other people believe in you too. Thus, people who lack this quality are likely to lack the support of their business associates or superiors since these people may perceive them as incompetent.
Causes of Low Self-Confidence
This phenomenon is usually rooted somewhere early in one’s childhood. Both physical and emotional abuse endured tends to evolve into lack of self-confidence later. Family problems or divorce of the parents are yet another significant culprit. On the other hand, overprotective parents lead to a lack of child’s sense of independence, making him/her deprived of self-confidence later in life.
Overcoming Lack of Self-Confidence
One is for sure, the only way to develop your strong sense of self-confidence is by yourself. Firstly, you need to start believing in yourself and your own capabilities. Stay realistic and know what you are good at, staying aware of the fact that you cannot possibly be perfect or flawless in anything. Nevertheless, you can always improve. Do not seek approval from other people, but focus on your own acceptance of yourself and your actions.
Neuro-linguistic programming is an excellent method for boosting a person’s self confidence through hypnosis and modification of the subconscious mind. This method, along with hypnosis, helps a person get rid of traumas, allowing self-confidence to reach the surface.