Self-confidence is belief in yourself and your abilities. It is a positive feeling about yourself that comes from knowing who you are and what you can do. It is such a feeling that makes you believe “YOU CAN”.
When you are confident, it positively impacts every other aspect of your life. Students who are confident have a higher chance of excelling in their studies and in life. Studies have shown that students with a high sense of self-confidence are more likely to achieve academic success.
The encouraging news for students facing challenges with self-confidence is that it can be developed and improved. The question then becomes, “How can one achieve a good dose of self-confidence?”
How Students Can Build Self-Confidence
Grow Your Mind with Knowledge:
It all begins in your mind. Confidence is basically a state of mind. How well you’ve developed your mind determines the level of your self-confidence. Apart from your academic books, expose your mind to other valuable knowledge outside the four walls of the classroom.
In other words, be a student of life. Read books on history, leadership, money, science, etc. Engage in meaningful discussions that will challenge your mind and expose you to something new. Watch documentaries. Mind-stimulating movies.
What we feed our minds influences how we see ourselves and the world around us. Our self-confidence leaps when we know that we know. Expose your mind to positive and quality sources of knowledge.
Get Rid of Negative Thoughts:
As a student, negative thoughts can deflate your self-confidence. Thoughts that make you feel inadequate, a failure, or unworthy should not be accommodated. Once you see yourself as one, it is hard to convince others that you are not.
Often, people will relate to you based on how you see yourself. If you always see yourself in a positive light, you will give off the same energy, and people will see and relate to you in the same way. So be mindful enough to identify and recognize when these negative thoughts are trying to take hold of your mind and replace them soon enough with positive thoughts and affirmations.
This may not be easy at the beginning, but if you focus on developing a mindset that encourages self-love and self-acceptance, it will be easier to counter these negative thoughts.
Stop Imitating And Comparing Yourself to Others:
Students often compare themselves to one another. But comparing yourself to others is a sign of inadequacy. When you compare yourself with others, you are likely to become self-critical.
We all have specific abilities and strengths—something that we are good at. They are referred to as our strengths. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on discovering your strengths and becoming the best you can be at them.
This will help you take pride in yourself, appreciate your worth and significance, and consequently boost your self-confidence. It takes an enormous amount of energy to be who you are not. Accept who you are and stop comparing yourself or imitating others.
If you are the type of student that always thinks of doing things perfectly and feels less of yourself when you think you have not or cannot reach that “perfection”, it’s time you had a rethink. Perfection is not the same as excellence. Instead of fixating on being perfect, focus on giving your best effort in the present and seeking improvement next time.
Remember, making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process. So embrace the learning opportunities that come with making mistakes; that’s how you grow. Perfectionism will only get in the way of your self-confidence. So focus on doing your best and embracing the journey of growth and learning.
Set Personal and attainable goals:
It shouldn’t be about just setting goals. Learn to set goals that are achievable and develop the discipline to get them accomplished. It could be as simple as completing a class assignment within a specific time frame. Being able to set goals and realize them can boost your self-confidence.
On the other hand, not setting any meaningful goals or being unable to achieve your goals can affect your self-confidence.
Remember, it’s not about setting the highest goals possible; it’s about making progress and doing things that matter to you. Start with small steps and gradually challenge yourself with more ambitious objectives as you grow in confidence and ability. Bottom line: Do something you can be proud of.
Hang Around Confidence-Builders:
We often draw from the energy or vibes of the people around us. Hanging around people who are always pessimistic, judgmental, and negative is bad for your self-confidence. Hanging around confident, smart, and intelligent students will inspire and boost your self-confidence. Their energy and positive attitude can rub off on you.
So seek out positive and empowering relationships that bring out the best in you and help you reach new levels of self-confidence.
There is a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that comes when we know that someone else is better because of something we have done. It helps you appreciate your significance and value to others. This can be a great boost to your self-confidence.
So embrace opportunities to help others, whether through acts of kindness, sharing knowledge, or offering support.