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3 Tricks For Improving Your Confidence

Building your confidence will not only help you on an important exam, but it will also empower you throughout life. When you have confidence you will not be afraid to take risks and face failure. Having confidence will help you excel in higher education, land great jobs and have excellent social skills. Here are three tricks to improve your confidence you can use as you prepare for the SAT and as you continue achieving your goals.

  • Eliminate Negative Self-Talk

Zen Habits suggests that if you tell yourself you can’t do a specific task, you won’t. Negative self talk includes phrases like “I can’t,” “I’m afraid,” “I’m too tired,” “It’s impossible.” Each time thoughts like these pop into your head change them into something positive. Statements like, “I can,” “I’m prepared,” “I can work hard,” “This is fun,” “I will succeed” are all excellent alternatives. The more time you spend thinking positive thoughts, the more naturally it will come. Each moment that you succeed and excel will reinforce those positive thoughts and eventually you will eliminate negative self-talk. You have what it takes to excel and achieve your goals. Don’t let your inner voice tell you otherwise.

  • Accomplish on Small Things

Accomplishing goals feels good. When there is one giant task in front of you it can seem too daunting and overwhelming to even know where to begin. This is when more negative self-talk has the potential to set in: “It’s too much, I can’t do it.” To prevent those overwhelming feelings and negative thoughts, set small goals. Each small goal you accomplish will reinforce your confidence and get you closer to your bigger goals. As you become confident, you can begin to set bigger, yet still achievable goals. For example, when studying for the SAT or ACT set goals such as “I am going to focus on math problems for twenty minutes” or “I am going to do two practice tests this week.” You can even reward yourself each time you achieve a goal to reinforce important positive feelings and your confidence.

  • Be Generous

A post from Pick The Brain encourages praising other people. When you see the good in others it will be easier to see the good in yourself. Typically when you are kind and generous towards other people you will be well liked, which will in turn boost your confidence. Praising others will also put you in the habit of thinking positive thoughts rather than negative ones. You won’t be as tempted to focus your own negativity on others. Complimenting others or even defending others in the face of negative gossip also takes courage. When you speak out for someone else you are taking a risk. Each time you take a risk for the sake of being positive and encouraging others, your own pride and confidence will receive an important boost.

Working to Make New Habits

These three tricks may take some work to implement. It is not easy to change old habits. However, your hard work will pay off. These tricks will be useful in school, sports, careers and your social life.

Being confident isn’t something you simply acquire to do well on a test. Confidence is something you build over a lifetime. It takes the healthy habits of being positive, both inwardly and outwardly to build your confidence and to stay confident. Don’t get caught in patterns of negative thoughts and actions. As you build confidence, you will be less and less afraid of failure and more likely to take the risks necessary to achieve success on exams like the SAT and in life.


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