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Building Confidence and Silencing the Inner Critic

inspiration mindmastery Oct 21, 2020

Confidence is the key to unlocking your true potential and achieving success in both your personal and professional life.

Confidence goes hand in hand with self-esteem, which is the belief in your abilities and self-worth. However, many people struggle with low confidence, which can hinder them from taking the necessary steps to reach their goals.

In this article, we will explore practical strategies to overcome self-doubt and cultivate a strong sense of confidence.

Understanding Confidence:

Confidence is not an inborn trait, it is developed, it is your perception of your self and your "game"; it is the belief that you can rely on yourself and your capabilities. Low confidence can be the dream killer, preventing you from taking the right actions and holding you back from progress. The story we tell ourselves shapes our confidence levels. If we constantly dwell on negative thoughts and failures, we only reinforce our self-doubt. Therefore, changing our inner narrative is the first step towards building confidence.
It's natural to have doubts along the way. The key is to acknowledge these doubts without letting them overshadow your self-belief. 

Silencing the Inner Critic:

Our inner critic can be our worst enemy, constantly feeding us negative thoughts and doubts. Silencing this inner voice is crucial to boosting our confidence. When faced with self-doubt, challenge those negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations. Instead of saying, "I can't," tell yourself, "I can and will." Remember, affirmations should be in the present tense to rewire your mindset positively.

The Power of Words:

The language we use, both internally and externally, has a profound impact on our confidence. Be mindful of how you speak to yourself. Replace self-critical phrases with encouraging and uplifting words. Treat yourself with the same kindness and respect you would offer to others. Creating a habit of positive self-talk takes time, but with practice, it can transform your confidence levels.

The Confidence Competency Loop:

Confidence is not an innate trait but a skill that can be developed through practice. The confidence competency loop reveals that building confidence requires first developing competence in a particular area. As you gain expertise and experience, your confidence naturally grows.

Follow these steps:
- Think about a goal and commit to it
- Who you need to be to achieve it and rehearse it
- What you need to do and start it
- Think about the goal as already done and feel it

In the end, confidence and success go hand in hand, with both requiring consistent effort, self-improvement, and perseverance.

Remember how you learned to ride a bike or drive a car - initial uncertainty turned into confidence with practice and mastery.

Taking Action to Build Confidence:

To boost your confidence, you must take action, even if it scares you. The fear of the unknown can keep you stuck in a cycle of procrastination. Break your goals into smaller, manageable tasks and tackle them one at a time.

The "five-minute rule" can be a powerful tool to combat procrastination - commit to doing something for just five minutes, and you'll often find yourself continuing the task once you start.

Reframing Problems and Triggers:

Problems and triggers can lead to low confidence and stress. To overcome these challenges, reframe them as opportunities for growth. If you encounter an issue that can be fixed through action, it's not a problem but a chance to improve. Identify your triggers and the negative behaviours associated with them.

Replace these behaviours with positive actions to empower yourself.


Building confidence is an ongoing journey that requires patience and persistence. By changing your internal dialogue, focusing on positive affirmations, and taking consistent actions, you can develop unshakable confidence.

Remember that confidence is a skill that can be honed with practice and experience. Embrace challenges and use them as stepping stones towards your dreams.

Believe in yourself, and you'll unlock your true potential. Go forth with confidence, and success will follow.


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