Confidence Building Activities for Adults

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Having low confidence or self-esteem can be detrimental to a person's success and happiness in life. It's therefore valuable to take part in confidence building activities. Here are a few ideas.

Confidence Building Activities for Adults

Confidence and self-esteem are important. They impact the way we function, from what we expect of ourselves, to the quality of our relationships, to the way we respond to criticism, to anxiety, hostility, and communication. A person who walks into a job interview with confidence is often a person who will receive the job. It's therefore important to maintain and grow our confidence and self-esteem throughout life. Here are some activities that may help with this process.

Compliments Journal

When a person has low self-esteem, it might seem like simple activities won't help. However, studies show that maintaining good mental habits can really change the way your mind works. This activity involves keeping a journal. There are many versions of it: a compliments journal, a gratitude journal, and achievements journal are among the most common.

For a compliments journal, write down three compliments about yourself each day. Doing this consistently and practicing regularly will generally improve your opinion of yourself and your confidence in your abilities. For a gratitude journal, write down things that you are thankful for, or are lucky to have, in your life. This helps you learn to be grateful for what you have been given, including your own abilities. Finally, there is an achievement journal, where you write down one to three things each day that you have achieved in your life. If you achieve something that day, add it to the journal. If you can't think of anything for today, write down something from your past, no matter how small. This will help you remember that you have done significant things, even if sometimes it doesn't feel like it.

Goal-Setting Activity

An important part of developing confidence is to have experience with setting and achieving goals. When you set goals that are too high or unrealistic, driven by a perfectionism that is common among people with low self-esteem, it can only compound the problem.

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