As an entrepreneur I have come to realize that one of the main keys to growing your business is being comfortable and confident with yourself because that will then make you feel the same about your business. I’m not necessarily talking about your looks or health, but also your intelligence, experience, etc. If you are not comfortable with who you are inside, then how do you expect to reflect confidence and strength onto your business? Here are a few tips that will show you how to be comfortable being YOU.
Think positively. You may think that some people are just naturally more positive than others. That’s not necessarily wrong, but don’t let lazy thinking keep you from making a decision to be more positive. If you want to feel comfortable in your own skin, then you have to start thinking about the best thing that can happen to you instead of always expecting the worst. Any time you catch yourself thinking negatively, fight your negative thoughts with at least two or three positive ones. Make an effort to rationalize your negative thoughts away and to expect good things to happen to you; the more you expect good things to happen, the more they will.
Develop your confidence. Being confident is the key to feeling comfortable in your own skin, and it’s obviously easier said than done. Confidence comes from within, and developing your confidence means feeling good about who you are, where you are, and what you have to bring to the table. If you can’t stand what you see in the mirror and feel like you have nothing to contribute to a conversation, then you can’t move forward. Work on finding at least a few things that you love about yourself, and with being happy with how you look instead of getting lost in self-consciousness.
Honor your strengths. Don’t say that there’s nothing good about you—that’s impossible. There must be at least a few things you love about yourself, from your great laugh to your ability to be a great friend and an amazing listener. Don’t let those things be ignored. If you have always been told you are a great listener then use that to your advantage, listen to your customers and find out what they want and desire and help them achieve it.
Meditate. Meditating can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin because it will help you feel attuned to your body and your breath. Take 10-15 minutes a day to sit down in a comfortable place, and work on relaxing every part of your body one at a time. Focus on the sound and feeling of your breath rising in and out of your body and let all of the noise and worries of the day melt away. This will help you feel calmer and more comfortable with who you are, and will help you get rid of all of those distractions that can crowd your days.