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How To Be (& Feel) More Confident In 6 Easy Steps

Whether you are going into an interview or trying to make a good first impression, the number one characteristic you ever can rock is your confidence. I think we can all agree that pure, “I’m the bomb.com” confidence is highly coveted but doesn’t always come easy.

In celebration of World Peace Day that just passed this Wednesday, and it being officially being Fall, get ready to fall in love with a new you and be at peace with yourself as I show you how to be (and feel) more confident in six easy steps (plus a three totally cute Desktop and iPhone wallpapers designed by me to boost your confidence every day)!

 

How To Be (And Feel) More Confident In 6 Easy Steps


1. Smile

Simple right? Research has shown that smiling, even a forced smile, can boost and elevate your mood which will make you feel more confident in facing any tasks at hand.

Even more so, smiling makes you seem more approachable, competent and likable. You want people to approach you! Wanna make that hottie walk over? Throw him a smile and he won’t know how nervous you actually are.

Lastly, it’s contagious! Light up a room with your gorgeous smile and people won’t be able to resist smiling back.

 

2. Rock a power color

Colors play a powerful role in how we as consumers choose what products to buy. And as business owners, the colors used in your branding are crucial in regards to what exactly you’re trying to market. Research has shown that 90% of judgements are made about products based on color alone.

So let’s take the psychology of color and apply to our daily lives. I found that there are four psychological primary colors – red, blue, yellow and green that elicit different reactions as they relate to the body, mind and emotions. For example wearing red might make you feel bold and have others view you as fierce. I personally feel my best and in the zone when I rock the color pink (if you could not already tell).

Whether you are rocking your favorite lipstick color or  choose to feng shui your office to be decked out in white and gold, find a color (or colors) that brings light into life for an ultimate confidence boost.

 

3. Give a compliment 

Have you ever been in a situation where you were too afraid to initiate the conversation with another person so you end up not talking to them? What if I told you to take the leap and open up a conversation with a compliment instead?

By being able to genuinely compliment someone else, you help build your own confidence because, if you are able to clearly see the best in others, you will learn to clearly see the best in yourself.

Plus, to give is to receive.  You shouldn’t be surprised if that person you complimented gives you one right back.

 

4. Be your own competition

I recently came across this quote on Pinterest that resonated with me:

“The woman who does not require any validation Is the most feared individual on the planet.”

When you give up the need to seek validation from others, you gain the freedom to be your best possible self by being your own competition.

Far too often we fall into the trap of believing that our accomplishments are only “small wins” in comparison to others. However, when you’re constantly raising the bar for yourself, you’ll naturally develop a level of unwavering confidence others will want to emulate.

 

5. Let failure fuel you

Now I know this one is tough to swallow considering no one likes to fail.  But at the end of the day, if you are looking to feel confident and build your overall confidence, remember the wise words of Nelson Mandela:

“I never Lose, I either win or learn.”

To take failure and turn it into a learning opportunity is a sign of confidence in its own right because you are not allowing a few bumps along the road to steer you from your goals.


6. Practice positive affirmations 

While every one might not agree on the “fake it until you make it” approach to being more confident, reciting positive affirmations or having a list of them handy can easily give you a confidence boost whenever you need it, and ultimately helping you be more confident as you start to embody those affirmations.

So go head and write some of your favorite positive affirmations on a Post-It and leave one on your bathroom mirror or keep a jar filled with them for those rough days. If that’s too cheesy, just download these confidence boosting wallpapers I made just for you!

Along Came Katrina desktop and iPhone wallpapers

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*For the mobile wallpapers, be sure to select “move and scale” and select “still” on iPhone for the best display.

When In Doubt, WinkDesktop version, iPhone version

Stars Can’t Shine Without DarknessDesktop version, iPhone version

Out Dream YourselfDesktop version, iPhone version

 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Should you use them, if you can kindly tag me on social media it would be much appreciated!

 

What are your best tips on feeling confident? Get at me in some comments below!

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80 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ivonne
    September 24, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Excellent advice and I just love your downloadable freebies!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Thank you Ivonne 🙂 so happy you love the freebies!

  2. Reply
    Laci
    September 24, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Loving this !!! Espthose wallpapers being confident is huge in the work world !!! You rock

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Thanks so much Laci! Your kind words mean a lot 🙂 have a great day beautiful!

  3. Reply
    Amanda
    September 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Love the wallpapers, and some seriously great info!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Aww thanks so much Amanda 🙂 just here trying to make your day!

  4. Reply
    Shelby
    September 24, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I love all of your tips! Very empowering post

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thank you so much Shelby! Means so much

  5. Reply
    Jessica Harlow
    September 24, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Your post was a good reassurance for me! I’m definitely battling some inner lack of confidence lately with some personal drama over the last 6 months. These are good reminders and I especially love the quote: “The woman who does not require any validation Is the most feared individual on the planet.” Inner competition is how I usually work and I need to get back to that.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Hi Jessica! Oh I can definitely relate to feeling that lack of confidence due to shit in going down. We all will have our moments but the fact you are fueled by your own competition means you’ve got that strong confidence already. Hang in there girlie. Sounds like you already in your way to being back to where you want to be 🙂

      Much love.

      Katrina

  6. Reply
    Sheila Jo
    September 24, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Great post! #3 and #5 are my favorites on this list!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Thanks so much Sheila! Number 5 took me a while to really live by as failing was something hat really affected me. I try hard now to let it be my motivator to keep going.

      Slay on girl!
      Thanks for reading

  7. Reply
    Leslie
    September 24, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Great advice! You are correct!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Thanks girlie!

  8. Reply
    thesocialbeing721
    September 24, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Great tips! #2 and #6 are my favorite. I also practice a daily affirmation 🙂

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 10:36 am

      I recently started practicing daily affirmations and it’s been a huge game changer for me 🙂

      Thanks for reading girlie!

  9. Reply
    Jasmin N
    September 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I absolutely loved this post! So inspiring 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks girlie! <3

  10. Reply
    Lindsey
    September 24, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Such good tips! In a world of competition, it is so important to find strength in ourselves.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Well said Lindsey! 🙂 Thanks so much for reading <3

  11. Reply
    Lizzy
    September 24, 2016 at 11:02 am

    #4 is my favorite. So often, women try to compete with each other which tears us apart!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Exactly! There is nothing wrong with competition but I definitely admire others who can genuinely compliment the strengths of others. Thanks for reading! <3

  12. Reply
    marleen
    September 24, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Great post. I definitely reckoning smiling is an awesome thing to do, whether you want to feel confident or just to make someone elses day a little nicer. I love rocking a bold coloured lip, that is what makes me feel super confident, but I also love the idea of being my own competition. That is something that I will need to work on.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Marleen! Just by reading your comment I can clearly see how much confidence you exclude 🙂 <3

  13. Reply
    Mrs Fancy-Pants
    September 24, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I guess we need to remember that we often only see the big wins of others, not all the little wins that preceded them, so to celebrate those little ones.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      October 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Exactly! I feel there is no such thing as a “small win.” All wins are just as important!

  14. Reply
    Cricket Plunkett
    September 24, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I definitely believe confidence is key, so I love posts like this!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much for reading ^_^

  15. Reply
    Amber Myers
    September 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    This is great advice. I try to always smile, but sometimes people are like, “The eff? Why is she smiling?”

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Amber,

      Thanks for reading. OMG I know! Usually when hear that from people it’s always followed by how often they don’t see smiling or don’t smile their self which I feel is jut as strange!

  16. Reply
    Hey Sharonoox
    September 24, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Loving this. Great advise! True that confident is key! Bring positive vibes

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much Sharon!

  17. Reply
    Nellwyn
    September 24, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    This is a great list! I find it’s so true that smiling can give me a more positive attitude and positivity translates into confidence.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Nellwyn! Smile on 🙂

  18. Reply
    Kari (Happy Coconuts Travel Blog)
    September 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Totally agree! Giving a compliment does increase your confidence and a smile makes anyone feel better about themselves 🙂

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Exactly! When you send someone else positive vibes you only get that in return 🙂

  19. Reply
    Reuven
    September 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    These are all fantastic tips and I especially like your suggestion to be your own competition and to let failure fuel you (and the great Mandela quote). I always try to be better (more effective, more caring, more helpful) than I was the day before; I certainly learn from those who are making strides in my areas of interest but I focus on improving myself and not worrying how I compare to them. And as far as failures are concerned, they’re simply a part of life and are fantastic opportunities to learn and grow. I make amends when needed, take note of how I can manage things differently in the future and go forward, grateful for the opportunity to do so.

    Great post, Katrina; well written and very positive and helpful. Love the look of your site, too. All the best.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Reuven! Totally agree with what you are saying about failure – my tips on that took me a while to really internalize as I would always take my failure to heart. Wish you the best <3

  20. Reply
    Neha
    September 24, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Hey you have a nice site set up, loved it.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 24, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks so much Neha!

  21. Reply
    Sarah from Lavender Life
    September 25, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Love all the tips! I’m saving this post somewhere 🙂

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      I am so glad you find them useful Sarah 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  22. Reply
    kittylimon
    September 25, 2016 at 2:41 am

    great tips and cute downloadables 🙂

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks so much Kitty! <3

  23. Reply
    Emilee W
    September 25, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Love this! . I’m glad you mentioned failure too. Resilience is so important!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Emilee! Thanks so much for reading! Yes I feel in this hustle and bustle world resiliency is so important to have in order to pursue any goal

  24. Reply
    Alexandra Geletová
    September 25, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Thank you so much for sharing such an inspirational article. It was lovely to read it. About few points I have already heard, but some are new for me, so will try them in life, haha.

    Ally,
    http://www.inspo-book.blogspot.com

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      October 23, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Thanks so much for reading and your kind words Alexandra!

  25. Reply
    heidi
    September 25, 2016 at 4:28 am

    All really great advice. My husband is very confident and I asked him how and he told me you tell yourself every chance you get because if you don’t believe it nobody will.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Heidi,

      Thanks so much for reading. Your husband is definitely sharing some wise words advice; so important for all of us to remember as long you believe in yourself, others will too ^_^

  26. Reply
    Cheryl@neuroticbaker
    September 25, 2016 at 4:41 am

    It’s like you know me. I do all of these things:) They’re great tips!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for reading Cheryl 🙂

  27. Reply
    Ayesha Farhad
    September 25, 2016 at 4:46 am

    LOVE this post! Downloaded one of the wallpapers and its currently sat as my desktop wallpaper! 😀

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      YAY so happy to hear that Ayesha! Thanks so much for reading <3

  28. Reply
    Idriss
    September 25, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Awesome, Thank you for the freebies !

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      You are most welcome! Thanks for reading <3

  29. Reply
    Ruxandra
    September 25, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I am more confident when I wear great high heels and my make up is on point!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Yes you are Ruxandra! I see your fierce out-fit of the day photos 😉 Slay on girlie!

  30. Reply
    Janine Good
    September 25, 2016 at 7:12 am

    What a great piece! these suggestions can completely turn your day around for the better 🙂
    Thanks for posting this! I am implementing these in my own life 😉

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks for reading Janine! Happy to hear you are putting these steps into action <3

  31. Reply
    Andrea
    September 25, 2016 at 10:26 am

    First, loving the downloads! They are beautiful. I am a firm believer in affirmations; I feel like they are so empowering, almost like a goal. The power color is an awesome idea! I love pink also 😀 Maybe I will buy more pink! Time for a shopping trip!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks so much Andrea! Oh you are like my soul sister – Pink makes everything so much better! <3 And I defintely trying to practice more daily affirmations

  32. Reply
    Rebecca
    September 25, 2016 at 10:38 am

    These are great tips! I especially like the idea of giving a compliment. If it’s sincere, it’s a great way to start a conversation. And it puts you in a good light with the other person who will be more open to you.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      You are so right Rebecca! I found giving a compliment has been great when I am networking as well

  33. Reply
    Heather
    September 25, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Give a compliment – what a great idea! I always feel better after encouraging others.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      I feel the same way Heather! Thanks for reading 🙂

  34. Reply
    Adaleta Avdic
    September 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I absolutely love giving a compliment to someone else, because it makes me feel like I have a friend rather than an enemy. I always give genuine compliments too that are relevant to what I like and love! xx Adaleta Avdic

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      Katrina H.
      September 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Exactly! It’s such a great feeling to do so without envy; just a great way to built a stronger community of women 🙂
      Thanks for reading!

  35. Reply
    Taylor Mobley
    September 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Totally download the “when in doubt wink” wallpaper and set it as my computer background!!! I love it! This is such an awesome post

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 26, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Thanks for reading Taylor! Glad you love the wallpapers <3

  36. Reply
    Sondra Barker
    September 25, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    This was such a great post, you’ve honestly quickly become one of my favorite bloggers! Thank you the advice and the very cute wallpapers!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 26, 2016 at 5:30 am

      Aw you are so sweet Sondra! 🙂 Thanks so much. Plus, you def gave me the motivation to put my butt into gear!

  37. Reply
    Karita
    September 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I’m in LOVE with your blog!!! It’s got blog goals written all over it!! & your downloadables…to die for!!!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 27, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      You are so sweet Karita! So happy to be able to make a positive impact on you. Thanks for reading!

  38. Reply
    Judith Francois
    September 27, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    this is a beautiful post! very inspiratonal

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks so much Judith! Your kinds words keeps me writing:)

  39. Reply
    Lavenda Memory
    September 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Love all these positive tips! Thanks.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      October 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Lavenda!

    2. Reply
      Katrina H.
      October 9, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks for reading Lavenda!

  40. Reply
    Abigail
    November 3, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Being my own competition and no one elses is something I really need to remember. Thanks for the advice!

    Abigail Alice x

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