There are countless articles, self-help books and motivational YouTube videos centred around the topic of becoming a more confident person. Confidence is always shown as a very desirable trait that successful people have. Siddeeqah Jansen, a registered counsellor, offers us some advice on what confident people DON’T DO.
When we consciously try to become confident, this act may make us feel more anxious. Jansen says that ‘confidence is an inner feeling of comfort with oneself. Confidence is about being grateful and kind to oneself for small and major accomplishments.’
From this, we learn that being confident is not stereotypically being loud or extroverted – but finding a sense of inner peace with who you are. The strengths and weaknesses you possess. ‘A confident person accepts themselves as a human being who can make mistakes and can reflect and self-correct.’ adds Jansen.
‘Being self-confident means that we trust that we will eventually know what we want. This gives us a sense of peace with self and others.
The essence of self-confidence is the conviction that we are competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and that we are worthy of happiness,’ Jansen adds. She continues by saying that we then can make constructive changes ‘not only in ourselves but the world and people around’ us. On a related point, having the ability to praise and acknowledge others for their hard work, positive attributes and allowing yourself to be inspired by others becomes natural.
Low self-esteem or lack of confidence can stem from past traumas or unresolved emotional abuse. It takes confidence to allow oneself to heal from negative and painful experiences through the grieving and regaining personal control.
We find the truth beyond the avoidance of pain – it allows us to move towards spiritual growth. The result is a developing sense of self-respect and self-acceptance.
- Kindness, patience and gentleness
- Joyfulness, openness, welcoming
- Vibrance, enthusiasm, energetic
- Being compassionate, caring and helpful
- Calculated risk-taking, open to take on challenges
- Ability to speak one’s mind
- Assertiveness to address conflict without aggression
- Can receive critical feedback without defensiveness
Confidence is not: Being overbearing, demanding and domineering
- Passivity or aggression
- Putting others down
- Winning at all cost
- Being Unafraid
- Being Judgemental
- Debunking some myths about self-confidence:
- Self-confident people are:
- Better than others
- Special human being
Tips for enhancing self-confidence
- Spend time with self
- Invest in personal growth and development
- Attend to unprocessed childhood trauma and abuse
- Forgive others and forgive self, move on, don’t hold grudges
- Invest in the building blocks of wellness: nutrition, exercise and self-empowerment
- Practice self-compassion
- Be mindful what you expose your senses to- be vigilant what you listen to, look at and spend time with
- Meditation, prayer and spiritual practice
- Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a means to improve.
Self-confidence is a bit like happiness, you can’t achieve it directly, it is a by-product of constant striving to be a better version of yourself.
Edited by: Zahraa Schroeder, Radio 786 Content Producer
Written by: Siddeeqah Jansen, Registered Counsellor
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Markway, B. (2018, September 25). The 13 Things the Most Confident People Never Do. Retrieved from Psychology today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/za/blog/shyness-is-nice/201809/the-13-things-the-most-confident-people-never-do
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