Cheering for yourself is probably one of the hardest things to do. Have you ever received a compliment about something you are wearing and you drop this line "Oh, this old thing, I've had it for years" or you receive a thumbs up on the presentation you just gave to 15 people from finance and you give a demure "oh, really, was it okay?" modest sort of reaction. Sometimes in life, if we do not root for ourselves then nobody will, so it's priority that you don the pom pom's and lead the cheer group - even if it is just you chanting 2...4...6...8.
1. Find 5 good things about yourself - daily.
Know how to dry shave your legs without a graze, or support your friends exceptionally in their times of need. Credit yourself for this. Keep a daily list of 'I am Badass Because...' for an instant daily confidence boost.
2. Take care of yourself - well.
If you want to cheer for yourself then you probably will not feel worthy of doing so if you do not feel confident and content. Learn to put yourself first when it is needed, by pampering, reading and discovering new and important things about yourself.
3. Tell negative Nancy to - stfu.
Our inner critic doesn't make cheering for ourselves easy so we need to find a way to switch her off. Perhaps counter 'Negative Nancy' with 'Positive Penny' so for every bit of negative self talk that comes along have Penny interrupt. Sounds weird, but it works - trust me.
4. Take pride in what you do - always.
If you are working on a project, proposal, planning a baby shower or speaking at an event, whatever it may be, take pride in it. Show up prepared, polished and ready to kick ass. Taking pride in what we are doing not only shows others that we are badass, but also shows that we are committed, passionate and always follow through - well. This fulfillment alone will be a total confidence boost.