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3 tips to boost your confidence – TED-Ed

3 tips to boost your confidence – TED-Ed

Translator: Jennifer Cody
Reviewer: Jessica Ruby When faced with a big challenge where potential failure seems
to lurk at every corner, maybe you’ve heard this advice before: “Be more confident.” And most likely, this is what you think
when you hear it: “If only it were that simple.” But what is confidence? Take the belief that you are valuable,
worthwhile, and capable, also known as self-esteem, add in the optimism that comes
when you are certain of your abilities, and then empowered by these, act courageously
to face a challenge head-on. This is confidence. It turns thoughts into action. So where does confidence even come from? There are several factors
that impact confidence. One: what you’re born with,
such as your genes, which will impact things like the balance
of neurochemicals in your brain. Two: how you’re treated. This includes the social pressures
of your environment. And three: the part you have control over, the choices you make, the risks you take, and how you think about
and respond to challenges and setbacks. It isn’t possible to completely untangle
these three factors, but the personal choices we make
certainly play a major role in confidence development. So, by keeping in mind
a few practical tips, we do actually have the power to cultivate
our own confidence. Tip 1: a quick fix. There are a few tricks that can give you
an immediate confidence boost in the short term. Picture your success
when you’re beginning a difficult task, something as simple as listening to music
with deep bass; it can promote feelings of power. You can even strike a powerful pose
or give yourself a pep talk. Tip two:
believe in your ability to improve. If you’re looking for a long-term change, consider the way you think
about your abilities and talents. Do you think they are fixed at birth, or that they can be developed,
like a muscle? These beliefs matter because
they can influence how you act when you’re faced with setbacks. If you have a fixed mindset, meaning that you think your talents
are locked in place, you might give up, assuming you’ve discovered
something you’re not very good at. But if you have a growth mindset
and think your abilities can improve, a challenge is an opportunity
to learn and grow. Neuroscience supports the growth mindset. The connections in your brain do get
stronger and grow with study and practice. It also turns out, on average, people who have a growth mindset
are more successful, getting better grades, and doing better
in the face of challenges. Tip three: practice failure. Face it, you’re going to fail sometimes. Everyone does. J.K. Rowling was rejected by
twelve different publishers before one picked up “Harry Potter.” The Wright Brothers built on history’s
failed attempts at flight, including some of their own, before designing a successful airplane. Studies show that those who fail regularly
and keep trying anyway are better equipped to respond
to challenges and setbacks in a constructive way. They learn how to try
different strategies, ask others for advice, and perservere. So, think of a challenge
you want to take on, realize it’s not going to be easy, accept that you’ll make mistakes, and be kind to yourself when you do. Give yourself a pep talk,
stand up, and go for it. The excitement you’ll feel knowing that
whatever the result, you’ll have gained greater knowledge
and understanding. This is confidence.

100 thoughts on “3 tips to boost your confidence – TED-Ed

  1. Knowledge is power, thanks for taking the time to post this! Even though Treitan Mellory ( tinyurl.com/y45lqoq7 ) already helped me fix my relationship, videos like these are pure gold, cheers!!

  2. I always feel like nobody will like me, I feel like I’m a shame to everyone and I’m shy. My confidence level is extremely low. Can you help me boost it please? 😊

  3. Beautiful. I got teary eyed because everyday I'm listless and I'm a really confident person then now it became the opposite.

  4. I love how only girls are shown in this video because appearently boys arent allowed to have confidence issues.

  5. Also, something simple like a new hair style could boost your confidence.

    Personally, I feel wayyyy more confident when I wear my Afro.

  6. At my old elementary school I remember there being a ton of posters about the whole growth mindset verses fixed mindset and I always used to HATE them and they would list the characteristics of each and I would think “well I have a fixed mindset and I always will” shows how fixed I am.

  7. I've started a new YouTube channel focusing on Confidene/ Mental Health/anxiety/confidence if anyone wants to have a look😊

  8. My english is rly bad but …. What I am scared of is that, when I'm success in the first try, then I failed after. Just like yesterday, I lost the second contest I'm in after I won my first ever writing contest I joined. Now, there are 3 other writing contests I joined and I'm scared that I'll lose/faile everything. And somehow, it's always like this. When I'm success doing something the first time I tried it, I will kept failing. For example, I am almost getting a 4 in my first semester in college, then I kept going down and down eventually dropped out (which bcs we went bankrupt and my score itself is already mid 3.something). My first book is a success when I put it on the site, many reads and comments, but the second and third books after is a failure with less than 5 reads. This situation affected me horribly than if I fail and I fail, then successful. The winning/success I felt the first time now had no meaning when I kept failing after. I also don't know where am I doing it wrong. I got nobody that tell me where were the mistake I did. What differ it with my first try that I success. Why am I kept failing after? And even in life it's so too. I was considered as someone so smart, everyone thought I could be successfull, but now I am unemployed and had no saving when I am almost being 30. Let alone having college degree. It took toll on my already nonexistent self-confidence. I want the failure come to me first, than it came after my success the first time. Everyone around me just pushing me by comparing me with others less skilled or uglier than me. That I should be more confidence bcs someone is less skilled than me. Assuring that I'm already good enough when deep down I knew I'm not. Now those winning and success I have the first time before kept failing after haunts me so bad. It feel like curse. And I dont know who to talk to.

  9. Great Channel! Thank you so much, i learned a lot from you in a short time, just amazing, please keep going! 👍💐

  10. Aye! What is it all about girls like the hashtag and the animation, we boys have the same issues too. I mean don't get me wrong the content is great but we're living creatures too you know.

  11. Here is a little advice for ppl who suffer of panicking while doing a speech
    ( sorry for my poor English and pls correct my mistakes )
    First I will offer you something, don't think of a red car don't ever imagine a photo of a red car.,
    Now even tho I asked you not thinking of a red car but you did think of a red car first ! .
    Well it is the same when it comes to speech and presentation, you probably telling yourself
    don't panic don't panic but then you do CUZ your brain was busy thinking of panic.
    What you should do is before you do your speech imagine of yourself being confident
    and tell yourself I'll do it I'll be excellent speaker.

  12. What is the best product or brand to completely cure your anxiety? I read loads of superb opinions on the net about how exactly Atoractove Secrets will help you completely cure your anxiety. Has any one tested out this popular anxiety method?

  13. Why were there only female animations? Should boys not feel empowered or motivated by this video? Doshould only girls feel self confident?

  14. Yeah….!!!
    Most of the time you can get your confidence by background sound of video….🙃


  15. "Always go for people who you think are out of your league. You never know, they may have some self-esteem issues."

  16. Accepting failure is the toughest part .. :')

    and even if I gather all of my confidence at the crucial time, it just disappears as if it wasn't even there to begin with ..

  17. I hope this would help me I'm going to a contest for the first time and every one is hoping for me to win atlest past the first round

  18. A champion is not defined by the amount of wins they have achieved, rather it is the amount of times they had recovered when they fell.

  19. Ooooo, I think I've found the video I will watch when i get sucked into a certain kind of anxiousness that comes precisely when i need confidence!

  20. Its actually wierd for me because i’m more comfortable talking to people than speaking infront my teacher even noticed it. Its also weird how I have no dream or any ambition in general

  21. Why just girls are represented in this video, if self esteem is a problem of boys too? I feel discriminated by this.

    Sarcasm dude..

  22. Great tips — I just resent the fact that all the characters shown were female. Guys suffer just as much from lack of confidence (only mass media gender-stereotyping says otherwise).

  23. Im saying this to my self "im going to make a higher grade and finish my school yearss".. im going to back here, maybe it will take some times but i will make it. ❤️

  24. For anyone interested, I offer Success Coaching services, and I would love to help you reach your potentials in life, build confidence and even earn more money! If you’re interested get in contact with me. I look forward to hearing from you 😊

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