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Improve your confidence: 30 ways low confidence can hold you back

Improve your confidence: 30 ways low confidence can hold you back

To improve your confidence, you first need to understand your triggers, experiences and what is holding you back.

Short-lived confidence is often sought from other people, validation, external situations, acknowledgment, success or as a reward. However,  long-lasting confidence can only be developed and built from within you! In this sense, confidence can be described as a deeply personal and subjective belief system shaped by experience.

When you start to look for the answers within yourself,  you’ll become aware of how, where and when there is an abundance or a lack of confidence. From there you’ll begin to understand how your responses, beliefs and fears have been influenced and shaped by your experiences. You’ll also understand how your beliefs and responses have either propelled you forwards or held you back from achieving your goals and realising your full personal and professional potential.

So what happens when you experience low confidence?

Low confidence can present itself in many different ways and it can impact how you respond to situations and how you feel about yourself.

Here are 30 ways low confidence can hold you back
  1. Procrastination
  2. Perfectionism
  3. Overcompensating
  4. Apologising and people-pleasing.
  5. Comparing yourself to others and the competition.
  6. Self-doubt and not believing in your abilities.
  7. Distrust in yourself or others
  8. Not being able to let go of control
  9. Feeling overwhelmed, burnt-out, and stressed
  10. Needing acknowledgment and validation
  11. Lack of assertiveness and people-pleasing
  12. Poor time management
  13. Lack of assertiveness
  14. Fear of failure, rejection, and setbacks
  15. Imposter syndrome and self-doubt.
  16. Decision making, communication and taking action.
  17. No Boundaries
  18. Undervaluing yourself
  19. How you present yourself.
  20. Your salary
  21. Public speaking anxiety or social anxieties
  22. Low team confidence, morale or motivation
  23. No or limited work life balance
  24. Lack of career progression
  25. Loss of career direction and clarity
  26. Lack of life direction and clarity
  27. Communication skills and communication issues
  28. Personal and professional relationship issues and dynamics
  29. Leadership loneliness
  30. Lack of Leadership identity.
Next steps 

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