Self-confidence is really important in academics. It can be one of the foundation of establishing your academic goals, yet a lot of students have difficulty of gaining self-confidence. Those people will find it hard to be successful in their academic pursuit.
In most cases, teachers are reluctant to give good grades on a student project that’s being presented by a person filled with anxiety, stutters and who apologizes too much.
On the contrary, teachers might get persuaded by a student who presents their project with their head held up high, who speaks with confidence, who accepts their faults and errors without hesitation.
Self-confidence, what is it?
Self-efficacy and Self-esteem; these two things contribute to a one major role, Self-confidence.
We acquire a sense of self-efficacy when we get a handle on a subject and achieve our goals that matters to us. This is the confidence that if we work hard and learn in a specific area, that we’ll succeed, and this type of confidence that leads people to accept difficult challenges and persisting in the face of certain setbacks. This overlaps with the idea of self-esteem, a more general sense we can cope with what’s going on in our lives. Partly, this comes from a feeling that people around us approve of us, which we may or may not be able to control. It also comes from the sense that we are behaving virtuously, that we have the sense of competence of what we do and what we can complete successfully.
Do you look confident to your peers?
People can tell how confident you are; it can be seen in several different ways like behavior, body language, how you say it, how you speak and so on and so forth. The following samples show the difference between confidence and low-confidence. What do you view yourself as?
- Disregarding any criticism or deride while doing something what you believe is right.
- Accepting risks and willing to go the extra mile to achieve better results.
- Admitting your mistakes and learning from them.
Less Confident Behavior
- Fearing of failure so you stay in your comfort zone to avoid risk.
- Controlling your behavior based on what people think of you.
- Covering up your mistakes by working hard, hoping to fix the problem without anyone noticing it.
So how do you build your sense of balanced self-confidence?
Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix or a two-minute solution to it.
However, becoming confident is easily achievable, just as long as you have the focus and determination to carry things through. And what’s even better is that when you build your self-confidence, success will follow – after all, your confident will come from real solid achievement. No one will be able to take this away from you.
So here’s a couple of tips and advice for you to start building your self-confidence.
Step 1: Preparing yourself
This first step involves you getting yourself ready for you to build your self-confidence. You need to take stock of what you want, get yourself in the right mindset for your goals and committing yourself to starting it and improving it.
What are your strengths?
Think about your life so far, list the ten best things you’re good at. Think about what your friends would consider to be your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t be afraid to ask your classmates what they find about you, learn from their opinions. Assess their opinion if it will be good for you.
Make sure that you enjoy a few minutes reflecting of what your strengths are.
Step 2: Moving on
Alright! This is where you start, slowly but surely moving towards your goal of gaining self-confidence. By doing the right things and completing simple school work, you’ll put yourself on the path of success— and start building the self-confidence that comes with it.
The smaller the goal, the better it feels
Starting with small goals you identified in step 1, get in the habit of setting them, achieving them and enjoying them. Don’t make any particularly challenging goals at this stage, you’ll just make it harder for yourself right now. Just get into the habit of achieving them and celebrating them and inch by inch, you’ll be piling up your success.
It’s all about the Basics
When you’re starting, don’t try to do anything clever or elaborate. Don’t reach for perfection— enjoy doing simple things successfully and you’ll gain confidence little by little.
Step 3: Accelerating towards your goal
At this point, you’ll be feeling your self-confidence building. You’ll have completed some of the goals you’ve set up in Step 2, and you’ll have a lot of success to celebrate!
This is the part where you’ll be stretching yourself, setting your small goals into something bigger, the challenges a bit tougher (i.e. achieving a grade point average of A or A+ )
Increasing the size of your commitment and extending your skills that you’ve proven.
Keep yourself grounded — people tend to get overconfident at this point of the process and overstretch themselves. Make sure you don’t start enjoying cleverness for its own sake.
Ask for your friends for some support. Don’t be afraid to open up to the ones close to you. Not everything can be done alone in itself.
Self-confidence is extremely important not just in academics, but also life in general. People who lack it can find it difficult to become successful
Setting your goal is most likely the most important part that you can learn in order to gain your self-confidence.