By Jedidah Kazachat Mathias
“Have confidence in everything. No matter what it is that you’re doing, know that you can do it better than anyone”, is one of the popular tracks by O’Shea Jackson, Jr.
Going by this, so many people will naturally get captivated and most times too, get swayed by one’s confidence so much so that they get engrossed with them and the activity they are carrying out.
Confidence means feeling sure of oneself and the abilities in a realistic and secure way, without necessarily feeling superior to others.
On the other hand, a lack of confidence in oneself (low self-esteem) is seen as dangerous to one’s mental health and can lead to problems like depression, solitude, and suicide among other dangerous consequences.
Here are some useful tips on how one can boost his/her self-confidence for maximum productivity.
The first is by learning a skill. By so doing, one will start to realise that he is capable of doing more than ever expected.
Another key thing is learning to listen. It is important to not just want to hear others, it is equally good to be able to digest what is being heard because that would enhance one’s ability and capability of becoming a better communicator.
Asking questions to clear doubts or ambiguity is also key. This would help such an individual to find likely suitable clarity to pursuits that are hitherto skewed in absurdity.
It is equally important to leave one’s comfort zone. A saying that traveling is a part of education comes in handy here. This helps one to build confidence thereby learning more and reaching the set goals in life.
Eliminating negative languages such as ‘can’t’ and ‘won’t’ would be a good way to boost that confidence. Instead, why not replace such negative words with positive ones like ‘can’ and ‘will’? Such a positive mindset helps in overcoming a lot of obstacles in one’s present and future engagement.
Again, learning from one’s mistakes with determination to make amends is another good habit that could help to improve productivity. Henry Ford succinctly put it this way: “The only mistake is the one from which you don’t learn”.
Last but not least, one should not judge others even when tempted to do so. What this means is that, if you always see the bad in others, you don’t get the chance to see the good in them.
In essence, confidence building should be a deliberate habit capable of improving one’s survival strategy and tactics in the ever-competitive labour market, politics, and socio-economic space as the case may be.
Jedidah Kazachat Mathias is a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Department of Mass communication.