The way we feel about ourselves greatly influences how we live. For instance, if you’re self-confident, you probably focus all your efforts towards your goal and succeed. If you’re drowning in self-doubt, you might loose your focus, isolate yourself and fail in your efforts.

Remember there is no quick fix solution to boost self confidence. Practice alone makes a girl or boy perfect. So all you have to do is try and implement the following 8 tips in your day to day life. By using these 8 strategies you can feel unstoppable, plunge into action and reach your potential.

1. Recognize your insecurities
We all have insecurities in life. It can be anything from poor background, to lack of skills. Giving a name to the things which make you feel inferior helps to combat them. Remember that no one is perfect. The boy or girl sitting next to you might have the same amount of insecurities as you have. Sharing your thoughts will help relieve the burden you have been carrying all alone.

2. Identify your successes
Albert Einstein said ”Every child in this world is born a genius”. God has blessed each one of us with some talent. Discover the things you are good at and then focus on improving them. Give yourself permission to take pride in your talents. Give yourself credit for your successes. Count your blessings. Be thankful for what you have.

3. Have positive self talk
We all speak to ourselves 50,000 times a day. Please make sure that you always have a positive self talk. Speak positively about yourself, about your future, and about your progress. Do not be afraid to project your strengths and qualities to others. You can even create a personal commercial. Write a 30-60 second speech that highlights your strengths and goals. Then recite it in front of the mirror aloud whenever you need a confidence boost.

4. Dress smartly
Although clothes don’t make the man, they certainly affect the way he feels about himself. When you don’t look good, you don’t feel good. Your dress changes the way you carry yourself and interact with people. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot on clothes. Choose the best one that suits you and always wear it neatly.

5. Walk faster
The speed of your walk tells a lot about your personality. Is it slow? Tired? Painful? Or is it energetic and purposeful? People with confidence walk quickly. They have places to go, people to see, and important work to do. You can increase yourself confidence by putting some pep in your step. Walking 25% faster will make to you look and feel more important.

6. Take the front seat
Don’t be afraid to get noticed. By deciding to sit in the front row, you can get over your irrational fear of getting noticed. Facing from front builds your self confidence.

7. Speak up
It’s a general observation that many people are afraid to speak or ask questions in a group discussion or a public gathering. They are afraid that they might be judged for saying something stupid. In fact most people are dealing with the exact same fears. By making an effort to speak up at least once in every group discussion, you’ll become a better public speaker, more confident in your own thoughts, and recognized as a leader by your peers.

8. Smile
Last but not the least; try to smile as much as possible. People are always appreciative of a smiling face. You will be welcomed by anyone who comes in your contact. A smiling face is always received with warmth and affection. Acceptance and recognition from others helps in building self confidence.