Most people believe that their private thoughts, no matter how negative, will never actually hurt anyone. But, here’s the thing — the human mind is deceptively powerful. Thoughts will eventually turn into feelings, and feelings will eventually turn into actions, even if they’re subconscious. Luckily, most people’s private thoughts don’t usually turn into actions that hurt other people, but all too often, people’s thoughts turn into actions that hurt themselves. However, there’s a flipside to this. Just as negative thoughts can lead to negative actions and results, positive thoughts can lead to positive actions and results. That, my friends, is the power of self confidence, and in this blog series, we’ll be going over the top 10 ways that confidence will enhance your life. Here are the first five:
Stress is a product of self-doubt and uncertainty. Stress is the result when we feel there is more pressure in our lives than we can handle. While confidence won’t magically make the days longer or increase your skill level, it will give you the gumption to work as hard as you can, which will give you the peace of mind in knowing that you’re doing everything within your power to complete the task at hand. This will help to damper the self-doubt and uncertainty that causes stress.
Many people believe that the effects of stress are only emotional, but the reality is that it manifests itself in physical ways that can have an impact on our health and wellness. When you are under stress, cortisol — the stress hormone — is released into the bloodstream. When cortisol levels are elevated for a prolonged period of time, it leads to high blood pressure, immune system suppression, blood sugar imbalances, fertility problems and more. In conclusion, more self-confidence means less stress and, therefore, less cortisol in the bloodstream, which can help to improve your overall health.
Self-doubt leads many people to cover up who they really are, showing the world a persona that’s not really their own. When you’re trying to be someone else, it makes it hard to get much enjoyment out of life. But, when you’re confident in who you are, you feel proud to be yourself, regardless of what anyone else may think.
Life is full of challenges. Whether you’re facing a tough college exam, trying to lose those last few pounds or trying to hit a deadline at work, it’s going to challenge you. It’s how you face those challenges that truly matters. Confidence gives you the ability to face even the most difficult challenges with your head held high, and that mentality alone makes working through the challenges much easier.
No one wants to look like they’re incompetent or unable to do anything in life, and this can leave people flapping in the wind rather than feeling comfortable enough to ask for help. When you feel confident in who you are, you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that you can ask questions and get help when you need it without feeling like it means that there’s some fault in who you are.