A recent study published in the scientific journal Nature explains how confidence plays an important role in our evolution.
According to the research, confidence motivates us to take action in the face of uncertainty. The more confident we are, the more likely we are to fight for the resources we need to survive.
The truth is life is filled with uncertainty. We never really know how the future is going to turn out. And sometimes due to this uncertainty we fear rejection or failure.
We might be deathly afraid of being rejected by at a girl at a bar. So instead of taking the risk and starting a conversation, we just hang with our friends and never approach her.
Or maybe we are afraid of starting a new career because we don’t think we will be any good at it. So instead we stick with our old job, even though we hate it and get paid half the salary.
Lack of confidence can cause us to sabotage ourselves in all sorts of ways.
Let me ask you a question. Do you think guys like Michael Jordan, Bruce Lee, and Tiger Woods got to where they are without believing in themselves? Of course not! They believed they were capable of great things, and that belief motivated them to work hard and make it happen.
In the same way confidence can directly impact your life in a positive way.
However — sometimes due to years and years of being down on ourselves, it’s hard to find confidence. So here are some tips to help build more of it in your life:
- Reflect on your strengths.
- View obstacles as learning experiences.
- Find a supportive social circle.
- Repeat positive affirmations about yourself.
- Exercise and stay healthy.
Most of these are commonsense. But if you actually practice them, you will see more confidence in your life.
I’ve been studying psychology for 5 years now. Throughout those years I’ve discovered that there is nothing more important to our success than what we think about ourselves.
This is because confidence can be like a self-fulfilling prophecy. When we have positive beliefs, that causes us to act in ways that bring us the results we want.
Evolutionarily, this is probably why confidence became a desirable trait.
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