Dress for success
How you dress may have as much an effect on how you perceive yourself as how others perceive you. In one interesting study, volunteers who wore lab coats made half as many mistakes on a test as those who wore street clothes. This doesn't mean you should go out and buy a lab coat. Rather, consider how you think a confident, successful person would look — and dress accordingly.
Keep a "ta-da" list
Most of us have some kind of to-do list we keep and refer to in our lives, but do you ever make a note of your accomplishments? Just taking a few minutes every day to make a record of good things you've done can be a powerful way to boost your self-confidence. It can be as big as getting an awesome performance review at work, or as small as doing the dishes every night before bed — the size of the accomplishment doesn't matter in this case.
Seems like breaking a sweat is good for just about whatever ails you — and your confidence is no exception. Several studies have shown that working out can boost your confidence, regardless of how hard you exercise. So just taking a walk when you need to feel more confident might do the trick.
Play an instrument
If you played an instrument as a kid, it might be time to dig it out of the closet and start practicing again. One study suggests that learning to play the piano in particular boosted people's self confidence. But lots of research supports that learning and practicing an instrument of any kind has positive effects for your brain.
This article originally appeared on LinkedIn.
Bernard Marr is a best-selling business author, keynote speaker and founder and CEO of the Advanced Performance Institute.