I don’t have the best track record with self confidence, admittedly. I yo-yo back and forth between feeling sassy and super, to feeling like a bag of crap; to be blunt. I’m great at deflecting, making jokes, acting confident and putting on a front for people; but can crumble if I just look in a mirror sometimes.
I’m really trying to change this, as it holds me back in so many different ways. The amount of great opportunities I’ve turned down because of my confidence is astounding really (including magazine cover features, press events, and more).
I hope to take on 2018 in a new frame of mind, and here are the little ways I hope to do that!
1. Keep my hair in top condition.
It sounds so silly and insignificant, but one of my favourite physical features is my hair. So when it isn’t looking its best, or I get bored of it; it can alter my mood drastically. This means I’m going to make a real effort to keep it looking pretty everyday, even if I’m just sat in my pjs and watching Bob’s Burgers. I actually feel like a change lately, so I might do something new in the next week or two. Watch this space.
2. Sticking to a better routine.
Little things make a big difference to me, like starting the day off with some yoga, having a proper breakfast, and making sure I don’t allow myself to get buried in work. It can really help my confidence if I feel like I’m organised and making healthy choices; rather than being a slob who can’t be bothered getting dressed.
3. Trying new things.
This one can terrify me at times, but I know it ultimately helps my confidence soar. Meeting new people, going to events, getting out of my comfort zone; it’s all so good at making me feel better! It’s bloody horrible though beforehand when you’re filled with dread and would rather stay home and couch surf. Must get better at this.
4. Exploring new creative challenges.
It might often seem I don’t hold back when it comes to my Artwork, but that’s definitely not the case. There are so many things I try which I never show anyone, for fear of what people will think. Not being good at something seems awful at times, even though its human. And I definitely don’t want it to hold me back creatively. I know from the past that when I have shared projects I’ve been working on (even just random, personal ones) I’ve felt really good about it and it’s helped me feel confident enough to allow myself to explore it. So I’d like to do this more!
5. Creating a mantra.
Sounds a bit new-agey, but I think the little things often make a big difference. I feel like I need something to keep in mind when times are hard, and confidence is low. Something I can say to myself, paint in words, or start the day with to keep me going in the right frame of mind. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there” comes to mind, or “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. Feel free to leave your faves in the comments gals!
I do believe confidence is a journey with a few forks in the road, that can have a detour or two along the way too; but hopefully we all get there in the end. Let’s hope 2018 is the year I do!
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