Increase Your Self Confidence With These 5 Strategies
We all know them. You know the ones, those self-confident individuals who always seem to be in control.
They make snap decisions, appear to be more successful than most people, and possess an inner strength that is almost visible.
You admire their self-assurance and firmness of opinion.
Such characteristics arise from inner beliefs in one’s ability.
If you would like to be more self-assured, practice the following tips which can help you formulate a strong, healthy self-image, full of conviction and self-confidence.
1 – Understand Your Strengths… and Weaknesses
Self-confident people know what they are good at, and what they are not very good at.
Confidence definitely means feeling good about your ability to do certain things. However, it also means understanding those areas where you need to improve.
A confident person readily accepts they are not the best at everything.
2 – Look On the Positive Side
Bad things happen all the time. You need look no further than your daily news broadcast to see that the world has a lot of problems.
Self-assured individuals understand this. However, they do not focus on the negative side of life. They can always find the silver lining in every cloud, and a positive spin on a negative event.
3 – Don’t Let Failure Stop You
A failure is an event, it is not you are.
The most successful, self-assured individuals with true conviction in their beliefs and abilities have failed hundreds and even thousands of times.
They are not scared of a failure, and certainly don’t let it keep them from succeeding in the future. Norman Bernard Larsen invented WD-40 on his 40th try. The world would not benefit from this all-in-one miracle household product today if Larson had given up on his 10th, or 20th, or 39th attempt.
4 – Spend Time with Positive People
Confident people surround themselves with other confident people.
These people tend to be positive as opposed to negative in nature. Their self-belief is contagious, and makes people want to be around them.
Negative people want to bring others down to their level, and positive, self-assured individuals spend time with confident believers in self-convictions that push them to be more of who they are.
5 – Use the Right Body Language
You can “trick” your mind into believing that you are self-confident.
This will lead to confident, assured actions and behaviors.
Pull your shoulders back. Stand erect. Look people in the eye. Practice good posture. Don’t slouch. Shake hands firmly. Smile more often. Speak slowly and clearly.
These are all traits of self-confident people, and simply by adopting these postures and confidence boosting tips, you will begin to feel more self-assured.
How to Make the Commitment to Blogging
If you’re at all interested in becoming a blogger and quitting your day job, then you should go with that feeling.
Many of us toy with the idea of working online and quitting our jobs but very few have the nerve to set out and actually make it happen.
This is a big shame however, as really there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. In this article, we’ll look at how you can overcome the fear and the apprehension holding you back and dive in to become a blogger.
If you’re afraid of giving up your job to become a blogger, then it’s time to do some fear setting. This is a technique recommended by Tim Ferriss and it’s highly effective when it comes to combating irrational fears.
To begin, you’re going to ask yourself what it is you’re afraid of and then make a list. Is it the thought of not being able to find work if you aren’t successful? Is it the thought that your family might think you’re irresponsible and leave you?
Once you’ve made the list, you’re next going to go down the column and assess every item in terms of how realistic it is. At the same time, you’re going to write down how you’d deal with that problem if it came to pass. Would your partner really leave you because you decided to chase your dreams? Wouldn’t it in fact be easy to walk into another job with your credentials?
More importantly though, recognize that running a blog doesn’t have to mean giving up the day job. Put more time into a blog and it will grow faster but to be honest, you can do perfectly well with an hour a night and some time at the weekends.
If you’re really passionate about your blog, then you should find this doesn’t feel like work either… So why not try fitting your blogging in around your job until it’s bringing in some funds? This way there’s no risk and you’ll have a much better idea of whether you can be successful before you make any giant leaps.
Finally, consider one more fear.
The fear of what happens if you don’t take a chance on blogging.
The fear of being stuck in the same job, day in day out, for the next 20, 30 or 40 years of your life.
Now you decide: which is more scary?
Growth Hacking 101 – Using Influencer Marketing for Your Blog
‘Growth hacking’ is a popular buzz word on the web at the moment and for obvious reasons. The idea behind growth hacking is to ‘hack’ or ‘cheat’ the usual growth trajectory of any new blog and thereby get to the point where you’re bringing in thousands of hits a day long before you normally would. Growing a blog is a matter of following a set system and as with any system, there are ways to ‘game’ the process and shortcuts to be found.
A great example of this is ‘influencer marketing’.
This is one of the most powerful tools available to any blogger which can help you to instantly communicate with a gigantic audience instead of feeling like you’re talking to an empty room for months…
What is Influencer Marketing?
So how does influencer marketing work?
The simple idea here is that you overcome the limitation of not having a huge audience by using someone else’s huge audience.
A simple way to do this is through a ‘solo ad’. Here, you pay someone to promote you to their mailing list, which could mean reaching thousands of followers.
The only problem with that strategy is that you get what you pay for. Reaching a worthwhile audience may cost more than you have to spare.
Instead then, you might do better to focus on other ways to work with influencers – for instance getting them to retweet your messages on Twitter or to publish your post on their blog (this is called guest blogging).
How to ‘Hack’ Influencer Marketing
And guess what? Influencer marketing can be hacked too! In other words, there are ways you can reach the big influencers faster if you know how to go about it…
One example of this, is to combine influencer marketing with real world networking. In other words, if you can speak to an influencer in the real world, they’ll be far more likely to give you a shoutout. If you take a photo with them, you could even upload it to Instagram and tag you both in it!
Another tip is to aim at the right level of influencer. Don’t go straight for Richard Branson – start small and then work your way up.
The ideal influencer to work with is someone who is at a similar level to you but just slightly ahead. That way, you’ll still have something to offer them in return.
Adding a Vlog to Your Blog
Want to increase the popularity of your blog, gain more visitors and strengthen your relationship and authority with those existing fans?
One of the most effective ways to do all these things is to add video to your site. Not only is video highly engaging and difficult to look away from, it’s also highly persuasive and very personal. For building a ‘personal brand’ in particular, this is one of the very best ways to let your visitors get to know you.
Creating Your Vlog
The best way to create a vlog is by creating a YouTube channel, which you can brand to be in-keeping with your site. YouTube lets you upload videos which you can then easily share on social media and embed into your content.
Next you’ll need to create your videos. To do this, all you need is a camera (your phone camera is likely good enough if it can record in 1080p) and you’ll need a topic.
In terms of topics, you can actually be very successful by making video versions of your most popular articles.
You can even just read them out! You can then either upload your footage ‘unedited’ or you can upload it after making it look more professional with software like Adobe Illustrator or the free Movie Maker.
Tips for Creating Great Looking Videos
Shy to step in front of the camera? Keep in mind then that you can easily create content for your videos using PowerPoint presentations, or animated ‘whiteboard’ software.
Alternatively, if you’re going to film yourself talking, take some time to look at popular videos in your niche to see how they do it.
Some universal truths that will help you to be a success are:
* Think about lighting and ideally try to be lit from the side. This is called ‘Rembrandt lighting’.
* Consider your audio too – filming with a mic is the best option if possible.
* Dress smart but don’t look like you’re trying too hard.
* When reading, pause between each sentence. You can also just talk naturally which will come across as friendlier and more natural.
* Think about your background and try to set up a corner of a room that will look professional. You can even try hanging a poster with your logo on it for added bonus points!
Post a few videos regularly and upload them as articles on your site. You’ll find that it adds more to the site and brings in lots of new fans!