Confidence is the internal trait that is key to most success in life. If you believe in yourself, you’ll be more likely to meet your goals in you career, relationships, hobbies, and other domains.
Think about the reasoning for this: if you believe, deep down, that you are great and worthy person, you won’t give up easily when the inevitable downswings and roadblocks appear.
If you are down on yourself, however, you will give up at the slightest sign of adversity, causing you to never maximize your potential.
1) Use positive affirmations and kill negativity.
Your unconscious mind takes what you feed it, so if you cram it with garbage, it will let that diffuse through your mind. Focus on the positive – you don’t want to become ignorant, so focus on ‘realistic optimism.’ In other words, be somewhat pessimistic short term, but optimistic in the long term. This is the best balance in your approach.
2) Fix your external appearance
Change anything that bothers you about yourself. Lose weight, work out, get better clothes, get a better haircut – do whatever you can to make you feel good on the outside and inside.
3) Gain some sort of skill.
Having the ability to do something very well can be your ‘magic bullet’ in the world. If you can sing, you’ll have something to fall back on when you’re down on yourself, for instance.
4) Find positive friends.
Don’t surround yourself with negativity in the external world, just as you want to purge it from your internal world.
5) Eat right and exercise.
A lot of depression can be rooted back to poor habits of taking care of yourself, so make sure you keep those positive chemicals flowing by taking care of your body and mind.