Confidence isn't cocky
I do think there is a difference between having confidence in yourself and thinking you're the shit. Knowing what you bring to the table, doesn't mean you think you're better than anyone else. It doesn't have anything to do with that. It's self acceptance, knowing your strengths and accepting your weaknesses.
According to Wikipedia:
Confidence is a state of being clear-headed: either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct, or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective. Confidence comes from a Latin word 'fidere' which means "to trust"; therefore, having self-confidence is having trust in oneself.
Confidence is an quality that has potential to transform our lives. It can guide us to overcome challenges, pursue our dreams and navigate life's craziness.
It's a mindset that can be learned through self awareness, positive talk and continuous growth. Anyone can believe in themselves, they just have to take the first step. By accepting our weaknesses, trusting our abilities and acknowledging our worth, we have to power to make our lives exactly what we want them to be. Embrace the unique qualities that make you who you are.
When we possess confidence, we show the world an aura of self assuredness that influences our actions and interactions.
Confidence has so many benefits, from make our lives more effortless, to allowing us to step out of our comfort zone and pursue our aspirations. When we believe in ourselves, we can approach challenges as opportunities instead of obstacles. It can help us build meaningful relationships, communicate effectively and make a positive impact. Confidence breeds resilience, allowing us to bounce back from setbacks and failures.
To gain greater confidence in ourselves, we first need to start w/ self acceptance. Embracing all of the characteristics that make up who you are, inside and out. You have unique qualities that no one else possesses. When you recognize that no one is perfect and imperfections are what makes us all human, you can start to accept you as a whole. You understand that your "flaws" do not make you a bad person, and that the good parts and the bad parts can live together as one.
Take care of yourself is very important part of confidence. When you are strong emotionally and physically, it's much easier to believe in yourself and effortlessly live life your way. Engage in activities that bring you joy, practice listing your strengths and addressing your weaknesses. No one can make you feel bad about a part of you that you accept completely. And take care of the outside of you too, if you think you look good, then you feel good. And when you feel good, you can accomplish anything you want. Wear clothes and accessories that make you effortlessly happy, it will show. Confidence is sexy, no matter how you wear it.
Replace self doubt and negativity with powerful affirmations. Challenge self limiting beliefs and replace them w/ empowering statements that reinforce your potential. Say them over and over, then say them again until you start believing them.
Set goals for yourself, whatever they may be. Celebrate every milestone it took to reach that goal. It will boost your confidence and motivation to achieve more goals.
Never stop learning. Whether it's a new hobby, becoming an expert in your field, or pursuing more education, embrace new challenges to learn and grow.
Confidence does not mean the absence of fear. It means you acknowledge that emotion and push forward in spite of it. You realize that you are stronger than you think and setbacks or failures are part of the journey. Learn from them and move forward.
Lastly always surround yourself w/ a supportive community of like minded individuals who also believe in you.