Self-Confidence is a crucial feature that everyone should possess in order to thrive in a highly competitive world. There are many situations and problems you encounter on a daily basis that will work to ruin your self-confidence if proper care is not taken. Some people lack self-confidence, it is sometimes hard to identify its characteristics in an individual. Here are 5 key characteristics of a self-confident person that you should look out for;
They have high Self-Esteem
Self-confident persons are never afraid to say no because they do not depend on other people’s opinions about them to make them feel good about themselves. People pleasers often have a low self-esteem and struggle to always be in other people’s good books to sustain their self-image. While it may seem insensitive saying no to people, it takes self-confidence to able to take such a stance without wavering.
They are open-minded
A self-confident individual does not operate under the need to be always right. You have a balanced perception of yourself, knowing that you cannot be right always. While people often view opinionated people as being confident, this may actually be the opposite because argumentative people sometimes only argue to prove a point; that they can never be wrong. As a self-confident person, it is easy for you to accept when you are wrong and learn from that experience.
They are not threatened by the success of others
When you are self-confident, you will see other people’s successes as a motivation and not as a threat. You will not write yourself off as a failure because you have not been able to achieve similar success within the same timeframe. You will draw more strength from these successes and see the possibility of arriving at yours since someone else was able to achieve it.
Assertive and ambitious
Even though a self-confident person is usually assertive and ambitious, you have enough serenity in you to be content and generally happy with your life. While you may realize, you are not where you want to be at present, you also recognize the good things in your life and appreciate them. However, your contentedness does not lead you into apathy or disinterestedness in progress. You are happy to make plans and celebrate small milestones.
They are not desperate to be in the limelight
A person lacking in self-confidence may think being in the limelight on all occasions equals to their self-worth. When they cannot be seen or heard, they wither like a dried up shrub and complain. A self-confident person is comfortable with working behind the scenes and does not jostle for recognition. They are aware that all the outward glamour does not make up their real person. They do not draw their confidence from being noticed or being popular.
Identifying these characteristics will assist you to make changes in your personal life towards sustaining or embracing your self-confidence.