Tips on Improving Your Academic Performance and Boosting Confidence

I want to talk to you a little bit about boosting confidence in really high-value situations. As a high-achieving young person, I totally get you’re under a lot of stress most of the time. But let’s face it, there are times when you’ve got to perform, and therefore, learn what self-confidence is. Read on to know more about how to build self-confidence through these tips.

Tips on Boosting Confidence and Building Self-Esteem for Your Success

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Building Self-Esteem in a Nutshell

There are various situations that involve boosting confidence, and as a young professional, each scenario has a higher level of expectation than the usual. Maybe it’s a big exam, the SATs, or an athletic event. Who knows? But it’s a big deal, and you’re nervous, you lack super self-confidence, and you’re wondering what to do.

The answer is you’ve got to prime your mind. You’ve got to prime your mind and especially your subconscious mind for top confidence and performance. This is how you build your self-esteem and be confident in situations.

Recalling Past Experiences

Now let’s go to a more specific way on how to build confidence and self-esteem. One great way is to recall past successes. In other words, you want to fill your mind with things that have worked in the past. Maybe you’ve got a great athletic award that you won, or you did great on a chess competition or some race, something in the academic realm. It doesn’t matter. The key is you want to be thinking like a winner. To do that, it helps to remember when you were a winner.

Tip: Take a few minutes, sit down, and review that in your mind. Make a list of things you were great at and succeeded at in the past. This will have a positive impact on your subconscious mind and will help in boosting confidence.

Visual Priming

Visual priming is the stimuli that helps you remember successes. If you have a trophy, a certificate, photos, or anything that helps you remember past successes, display those prominently so you see them every time you walk in the room. This will help your subconscious mind think of being a winner and naturally raise your self-confidence. It will also help all of the positive expressions, gene flow, and all of the rest that goes along with that.

Turning Anxiety into Enthusiasm

We all feel anxiety and what we try to do is calm ourselves down. But I’m going to tell you it’s the wrong technique. Instead of calming yourself down, which is going from here to here, I want you to go more horizontally. I want you to change that anxiety, convert it into a sense of excitement and enthusiasm. Don’t try and calm yourself down. Just try and say, as you’re feeling anxious, “Wow, I’m excited. I’m enthusiastic.” Amazingly, in many cases, that anxiety will begin to convert itself into what you want, which is positive energy.

Note: This is known as cognitive reassignment and it takes something you’re thinking and converts it into an emotion and changes it into another emotion. It doesn’t work 100% of the time, but when it does work, it’s pretty magical.

Doing Your Ritual

Next, confidence rituals, routines, and superstitions. Yes, you might have a favorite shirt, or a hat, or a talisman like a rabbit’s foot. Whatever those things are that make you feel lucky or were part of your past successes, a pair of shoes you wore when you won a competition, do it again. Believe it or not, that again helps your subconscious mind think of you as a winner and remember all the great things that you did before. It helps boost your confidence. Don’t think that those are childlike or silly.

Some of the biggest stars in the world are massively superstitious and they have to have just that one pair of underwear or socks or shirt, or whatever the case may be that they relate to as a winner. If you have those in your life, use them.

Setting Your Mood with Music

Music is incredibly powerful in affecting your mood. Before you go into that high-stress situation, play the music that brings you up. Put your headphones on, blast that music, create a playlist that’s all about uplifting, positive, “I-can-do-it” kind of music. Play that up to the very last second before this important task begins.


Find out more relevant tips in boosting confidence by watching this video from TED-Ed’s channel:

There are a series of things to help you in boosting confidence in really high-stress and high-net activities where success is incredibly important to achieve. Sports figures, entertainment figures, and some leaders use this kind of techniques all the time and you should also be using them to maximize your chances of success. We hope this article has helped you understand how to build self-confidence, especially when you need it the most.

Do you have other tips on boosting confidence and building self-esteem? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on May 7, 2018, and has been updated for accuracy and relevancy.

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