Confident people do a lot of internal work. According to Dr. T. Bradberry in a recent article, we may observe them speak their mind or present something innovative but we’re only really seeing what’s happening on the outside. Meanwhile, on the inside, confident people are developing habits to build their confidence and they work on them all the time. Last week we summarized three ideas for building confidence. Below are three more.

Find Your Happiness Within. Happiness is an important part of confidence because in order to be happy with what you do, you have to be happy with who you are. Seek your own satisfaction and approval for your accomplishments, rather than looking to others for it.

Listen More than You Speak. Actively listen and pay attention to others. Confident people don’t feel as though they have anything to prove so they tend to listen more than they talk. View interactions as opportunities to learn and grow.

Take Risks. When an opportunity arises, go for it. Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, try not to let your fear hold you back. For some, this habit takes a lot of practice but if you never try, you’ll never know.

Confidence isn’t something we’re born with. It’s something we develop and practice. We’ll cover some of Dr. Bradbury’s final tips next week.

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