7 Ways Humility Contributes to Self-Confidence

Formulas for developing confidence are only outstripped by the numbers of people who lack confidence.

  1. Think positive thoughts.
  2. Dress for success.
  3. Fake it till you make it.
  4. Smile.
  5. Stand with your hands on your hips like Wonder Woman.

7 Ways Humility Contributes to Self-Confidence:

#1. Humility finds courage in failure stories.

Ask successful people how they screwed up and what they did about it.

Success stories feel encouraging, but they’re intimidating when you realize how far you have to go. You might as well give up now.

Failure stories – from successful leaders – are more encouraging than success stories.

#2. Humility practices actively and wisely.

Practice increases confidence.

Don’t ask your grandmother to help you prepare for your next tough conversation or public presentation.

Practice with people who expect a lot from you and themselves.

Arrogance pretends it knows. Humility shows up to learn.

Lack of confidence might help you find your greatest contribution.

#3. Humility starts.

Don’t wait until you feel confident to start.

The only way to beat fear is to grab a stick and chase it down.

You never overcome fear by thinking about overcoming fear.

#4. Humility show up to serve.

Arrogance focuses on itself. Humility focuses on others. Self-consciousness is a symptom of arrogance.

Turn outward:

  1. What are you doing when you bring the most value to others and joy to yourself?
  2. How might you apply your best skills to new situations?
  3. Who needs what you have?

Asking questions, for me, is like a pair of old sneakers. Yes, I have to engage my brain and pay attention, but I’ve learned that my greatest value often comes through curiosity.

#5. Humility determines how to best show up.

#6. Humility seeks a coach.

#7. Humility considers the worst that could happen.

Humility is essential to self-confidence.

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