Becoming self confident

What is Self-Confidence?

Self-confidence is simply having faith in oneself. Whether this is in the workplace, school, social life or other situations. Levels of confidence vary dependent on the task in hand, people may be extremely confident in one aspect yet feel low confidence in certain situations.

What can cause low-confidence?

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Criticism
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling unprepared
  • Poor time management
  • Lack of Knowlege
  • Previous Failures
  • Fear of other people's opinions
  • Making a mistake 
  • Being mocked

How can you build your confidence?

  • Know your strengths and weaknesses. Ask friends, colleagues, and family to help you make a list of your strengths and areas for improvement. All too often we do not realise the strengths we do have and only focus on our weaknesses. We all have different strengths, do not compare yourself to others, you are you and that is enough.

  • We all make mistakes. We need to make the mistakes to learn, reflect on all of the great things you have learned from previous mistakes.

  • Use criticism as a learning experience. Don't take criticism as a personal attack, criticism is just the opinion of another person. Listen to what they say, remain calm, do not respond with anger. If you can relate to anything within the criticism use this as a learning curve. Remember some people are critical by nature and do not realise this can cause upset.

Developing Your Self-Confidence Skills

Set yourself targets to build your confidence, carrying out activities that make you feel nervous will reward you with a sense of pride, achievement and increase your self-confidence.

Building your self-confidence throughout your course with Aspire

  • Start a task or project that you've been putting off. Whether this is an assignment or an activity that you have been putting off, making a start will remove the fear of the task ahead and give you the confidence to continue, one step at a time. Don't worry if there are elements you don't understand, talk to your Tutor who will help you. 

  • Stand up and ask a question in your group. Standing up and speaking in front of a group can seem daunting, but no one is going to ridicule you during your course, and the chances are that other members of the group also want to ask the same question. Once you have done this, you will find it much easier to do next time and before long you will be standing and asking questions without giving it a second thought.

  • Introduce yourself to somebody new. During group activities, you may notice that your Tutor often moves people around and splits the group up into new groups. This gives you the opportunity to talk to someone new, this will help you to feel confident to introduce yourself to new people outside of the group. Why not start by just saying hello to the person in the supermarket queue with you.

Remember your Tutor is there to help you, your Tutor will not judge you or mock you and will help you develop ways to build your confidence in completing not only your tasks but confidence skills in general

What our learners say

These quotations are from some of our learners who have built their confidence during their learning journey with Aspire.

"If you are given the opportunity to train with Aspire, please take it. I am in my first week and already I feel more confident. The work is fun, the trainer is down to earth, which makes it a more comfortable environment. I am loving this experience"

"It’s been a real pleasure working with you. You have boosted my confidence and help me with your guidance and patience. Thank you very much."

"As with everything I have learned on this course I feel that I will not only feel confident looking at campaigns in the future but I feel this course has enabled me to create, manage, promote, analyse confidently."

"My confidence it now sky-high and I feel that my participation in the development of the new office will be instrumental to the success of our business."  

"Not only has the knowledge and experience adapted to my working life but also personally I have gained confidence helping the children at home, within my volunteering role, generally browsing my gym social media and schools newsletters which I have never really done before, so, on the whole, it has been a great experience for me and extremely beneficial. "