When you are working on important project, trying something new or pushing towards a difficult goal, it is essential to protect your confidence.
This does not mean becoming puffed up with (false) confidence. This means staying grounded and centered.
Here are 3 ways you can protect your confidence.
1. Allow your confidence to grow strong by validating and acknowledging each success and accomplishment. When you recognize your accomplishments, you are giving yourself a chance to repeat the habits that build success.
2. Stop the pattern of self criticism. Often times we are way too hard on ourselves. It’s good to see the places where we need to improve, but a constant beating down on yourself will undermine your confidence. And continuous self criticism actually does not lead to improvement anyways.
See what needs to change and determine a single, simple step to shift the direction of your actions. Even a small step in the “right direction” builds confidence.
3. Resist the temptation to compare yourself with others. This is a big one, because we live in a world filled with comparisons and competition. To protect your confidence, keep your eye on your goal, your dream, your life – not someone elses. If it gets too overwhelming, a walk in nature can be a satisfying way to get grounded and centered.