Top Tips to Boost your Confidence

We all have something that makes us nervous. It could be heights, going on rollercoasters or spiders to name just a few. What if the idea of a job interview makes you sweat just thinking about it? Or pitching your business in front of a group on investors? What about presenting an idea to the rest of your team? 

We sat down to have a chat with Stifyn Parri about self-confidence and his own experiences at a recent Bootcamp. This is what he had to say.  

"I suffer from the fact that people don’t think I suffer from nerves or lack of confidence. I wasn’t born like this, I have learned this and I have learned that if I take risks, I am rewarded. I was told as a child that I wasn’t as good as my brother and I proved that teacher wrong. I cannot be my brother. The only thing I can be is the best version of myself. If you go around being the best version of you, then you are not in competition with anyone!"

"My best tips for boosting confidence are to calm your breathing, breathe in for three, hold for three and breathe out for three and repeat that. After about a minute, your heart rate will come down. Once you are calm, everything will become clearer and then you become more confident."

You can find out more about Stifyn by having a look at his Role Model profile. Stifyn makes it all sound so easy doesn’t he? The key to self-confidence is to believe in yourself. Even people like Stifyn weren’t born with the confidence they present to the world now. It is something that you can learn and build on over time by challenging yourself and working outside your comfort zone.

You may have an idea of where you want to be, whether that is passing your exams, starting your own business or getting yourself the dream job. Think about this every time you are doing something that makes you nervous, this is going to be your drive to get through it.

If something makes you nervous then just go for it. What is the worst that can happen? Think positive too. Don’t set yourself up for failure before you have even started. Prepare yourself as much as you can. It’s difficult to feel confident about something if you haven’t prepared so don’t go into something blind just because it makes you anxious. Make sure that you look back on what you have achieved already, what have you done in order to get to where you are? Don’t be afraid of failure but do be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them.

Most importantly, like Stifyn said, don’t compare yourself to others; be the best version of you, you are not in competition with anyone.