Lacking self-confidence can cause emotional and mental issues. Having enough of it, on the other hand, leads to a better quality of life.
If you have enough confidence in yourself, good for you! If you are among the millions of people who need help with boosting it, you have come to the right place.
What is Self-Confidence?
Self-confidence is a belief in one’s self. This can refer to your appearance, skills, abilities, and performance. Although it involves your own traits, it is largely influenced by external factors.
For instance, you can trace a good level of confidence back to having a supportive family. While you can trace a low level of confidence back to traumatic emotional triggers, in some cases.
How Can I Improve Self-Confidence?
There are plenty of ways for improving self-confidence. You can try them all or choose which ones will help you the most. For this article, we decided to get ideas from famous celebrities. If there is a person who you can rely on for tips on this topic, it is one genuinely-confident celebrity.
Love Your Body
“I love my body, and I would never change anything about it. I’m not asking you to like my body. I’m just asking you to let me be me. Because I’m going to influence a girl who does look like me, and I want her to feel good about herself,” says Serena Williams.
Serena Williams is one of the world’s most famous tennis players. She has been playing tennis for nearly 40 years, which makes her a veteran in dealing with public scrutiny.
Despite being fit, she continues to receive flack for her body image. However, she has learned to appreciate her body over the years. So much so that whenever an insult is thrown at her, she seems unfazed by it.
Handling judgment is difficult, and Serena knows it. This is why she is taking it a step further by influencing girls who lack confidence in themselves.
When you translate that into tennis points, that is 15-love, with Serena taking the lead and the haters, well, being haters.
Understand Your Purpose
“Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body—meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit. I was like, ‘Look, I can carry a baby! I’m gaining weight right, everything’s going well.’ And I’ve had that relationship ever since,” says Nicole Richie.
Nicole Richie is a businesswoman and a public figure. She is Lionel Richie’s daughter, who is a famous singer and songwriter. You might know her from the famous reality show “The Simple Life” where she starred along with Paris Hilton.
Nicole has been in the public eye for years. Although she grew up with a famous father, it was obvious she did not handle fame well. It took a toll on her, and it reflected on her body. She kept bouncing between gaining and losing weight.
However, she finally gained self-confidence by understanding her higher purpose. When she had her baby, she realized what her body is capable of. This helped her appreciate herself more, and finally learned to shun insecurities.
Find Your Center
“Find what calms you and have that on you at all times—to help ease the stress. I binge-watch TV shows whenever I get a free moment. I put on my headphones and switch the world off and concentrate on what’s on the screen in front of me. It allows me to disconnect and find my center again—just be, and not have to think about anything,” says Priyanka Chopra.
Priyanka Chopra is a singer and actress who won Miss World way back in 2000. She is also married to Nick Jonas who is another famous celebrity. Although she has been in the game for a while, she still gets affected by what people think of her.
How does she handle it? She does activities to calm her down so she can find her center. She knows that she cannot control people’s opinions of her, because people will always have opinions. She just lets them be, and she allows herself to just be.
Focus on What is Good
“For me, my hair was something I felt good about, especially when you think about insecurities girls have in high school. My hair was a reliable source of confidence, and if my hair was looking good then, I felt good,” says Negi Mirsalehi.
Negi Mirsalehi is a businesswoman and a fashion influencer. She is well-known for her famous hair and is the founder of Gisou Hair. Despite having luscious locks, however, it does not exempt her from feeling insecure about other things.
As a solution, Negi removes the focus on her negative traits and switches it to her positive traits. This helps her appreciate what she has, leaving her feeling confident and happy.
Accept Who You Are
“Before I made this record, I was doing everything to try to get my music heard. I tried to lose weight, I was making awful music. It was only until I started being myself did the music start to flow and people start to listen,” says Sam Smith.
Sam Smith is another famous celebrity known for his hit songs “How Do You Sleep?” and “Stay With Me”. Despite his talent in singing and songwriting, he still suffered from insecurities.
When he was still starting his career, he tried to conform to other people’s standards. He lost himself in the process and it left him in distress. When he finally got tired of pretending, he decided to take off the mask.
It was when he finally accepted himself that he bloomed into the person he is today.
There are more ways for improving self-confidence. However, they do not offer a quick fix. Each solution requires a lot of practice. Once you master how to boost your self-confidence, then you will become unstoppable like these famous celebrities.