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Tipping the balance from self-doubt to self-belief

21 ways to build your self-belief


Tipping the balance from self-doubt to


Has there ever been a time in your life when you’ve wanted to have more self-belief, when you’ve wanted to have more confidence in yourself? We’re still celebrating our 21st year in business and here’s 21 ways in which you can develop your self-belief.


  1. Be aware of your thinking. You talk to yourself more than anyone else talks to you.
  1. Start to develop more helpful self-talk statements, to replace the things that you say to yourself that might be hindering. Replace those, with things that are more helpful that can help you to achieve more and get you to where you want to be.
  1. Develop helpful questions that you can ask yourself that will help to build or maintain self-belief. Questions that will give you answers that will help you to feel more confident and increase your self-belief. 
  1. Recognise your strengths. Write down 10 or 20 things that you’re really good at or that people tell you you’re really good at. These don’t have to be big things - they could be small things that you’ve been successful at in the past or things that make you feel good.
  1. Develop helpful self-talk statements about your abilities. For example; ‘I’m really good at this’, and ‘I’m really good at that’. ‘I feel great when I’m doing this’. These things help to develop the self-talk that you need to help you be more successful.
  1. Learn from past experiences. Take the learning from things that haven’t gone well. Take the learning from things that have gone great. We can focus on something that went well and think that’s great I’ll leave that in the past. But why not take the learning from it?
  1. Focusing on an event - there could be three possible outcomes: you can win and have a great success, you can learn some stuff and you can also do some things to change the ways you might do it in the future. So, we can win, learn and change.

21 Ways To Build Your Self-Belief

  1. Focus on what you can learn and change from any experience. Don’t look at failure and think, ‘that went wrong that was terrible’.
  1. Access self-development resources that are positive and can help you to stretch your imagination and stretch your thinking about the way you might do things. Write out 10, 15, 20 things that you’re going to take from that resource to help you in the future.
  1. Plan time to undertake development activities and to do things that you’re not done before.
  1. Look for things that are going to stretch your comfort zone. Throughout our daily lives we tend to do things that keep us comfortable. So, why don’t you do something that stretches you, because the more you do that the more your comfort zone will stretch.
  1. Focus on what you want, rather than focusing on failure or what you don’t want to happen. Focus on what you do want to happen.
  1.  Visualise your success. If you imagine yourself in the future and you imagine your success, you’ll be amazed that the minute detail that you can get in your minds eye of what success looks like. Doing this creates a compelling future for you and it helps your mind to understand what it would be like to be successful.
  1. Make decisions on what you want to do and when you’re going to do it. But also, be persistent and realise that along the way to being successful and making a difference that things will happen. There will be times when you’ll need to be aware of your thinking, to make it more helpful, to help you to maintain your self-belief.

21 Ways To Build Your Self-Belief

  1. Identify people who have achieved what you want to achieve and learn from them. Look at what they did and look at what their thinking was around the things that they did.
  1. Associate yourself with positive people, people that’ll always be looking on the bright side, people that are looking at the good things in life. These people will give you energy and give you focus to learn and change and get the things you want to achieve.
  1. Avoid comparisons with other people. They have their own path to take and you have yours.
  1.  Identify sources of enjoyment. Things we enjoy doing are the things we have a passion about and are the things we want to spend our time doing. If you can make a difference around these areas and the things in life which you are passionate about you’ll enjoy it much more.
  1. Celebrate successes along the way to making your difference.
  1. Understand that you have choices. You have a choice of the actions to take to build your self-belief. What might you possibly choose to do?
  1. Understand your purpose. Knowing your ‘why’ and staying true to this in your choices, interactions and actions will give you confidence in your decisions.


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