It’s no secret that some people are insecure and feel the need to put on a mask in order to be accepted. You may even know someone who wears this false persona just for work, then goes home and sheds it like a skin. If you are insecure about anything, it can prevent you from achieving your goals. But wearing a mask of someone else that you want to be can help boost your confidence and allow you to achieve success in areas that may have eluded you before.
You’re not alone if you feel like this about yourself—most people do. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with feeling the way you do, especially if it helps you get through tough times. But when you’re trying to achieve your true potential and move forward in life, it can hold you back from moving at the speed of light.
This article will explore how successful people get past their insecurities with these eight secrets.
1. Invest in Yourself
Some people never develop their interests and talents because they don’t feel like they’re good enough, so they focus on other areas where they believe they can succeed. When you invest in yourself and work to improve your skills—especially the ones that make you insecure—you’ll begin to see tangible results and build confidence as a result.
Investing in yourself can be as simple as choosing to eat right and work out to build a healthy lifestyle or it could be as complex as traveling the world to learn about different cultures and their beliefs. Whatever you choose, understanding yourself better can help you overcome your insecurities because you’ll understand where they come from and resolve them.
2. Give Back to Others
When you give back to others, it can help you overcome your insecurities. You’ll realize that you are not the only person who has gone through hardships and there are people who have experienced what you’ve experienced or something even worse. It can also help if you volunteer your time to the disadvantaged or children with special needs because they will appreciate your assistance more than an outsider who doesn’t understand what they’re going through.
3. Be Authentic
It’s important to be genuine in almost every situation with everyone, which means being your authentic self is key when it comes to overcoming insecurities. What do you want people to learn about where you come from? What’s important about your culture, religion, heritage—things that you’re insecure about? When you own who you are and what makes you unique, it can help you overcome any insecurities that hold you back.
4. Embrace Your Flaws
People all have flaws—you can’t change that. But many people don’t see themselves clearly and often feel like they’re not good enough. When you embrace your flaws, you’ll begin to understand what makes you who you are and why insecurity is linked to everyday life. It may motivate you to make changes, but only if it helps others.
5. Make Time for Self-care
Of course, you can also polish your flaws by making time for self-care. You can read books, listen to inspirational podcasts and work on any personal problems so they don’t keep you from excelling in your career or enjoying life.
If you want to feel good about how you look, you can take steps to achieve this. Suppose you want to flash your pearly whites for everyone to see. You can visit your dental health professional and get a teeth whitening procedure. If you want more supple skin, make sure to hydrate every night and follow a skincare routine. These little steps will help you feel good about yourself.
6. Be Grateful
For all that you have now and not what you didn’t have then. For every single person who has made an impact in your life. For the ability to be grateful. Take time each day or night to reflect on what you are truly grateful for because it will help you feel secure about who you are and where you come from.
7. Find Support from Those with Similar Struggles
At the end of the day, everyone faces some kind of struggle. This can be a good thing because it makes you who you are and gives you an appreciation for life. But sometimes, people have fears that they don’t want to tell others about or admit to themselves so they pretend things are okay when they aren’t. If you find someone who has been through what you’ve been through—whether that’s a divorce, the loss of a loved one, or being bullied—you can find comfort in knowing you’re not alone.
8. Trust Yourself
When you don’t trust yourself, it can affect many aspects of your life. This can be because you don’t trust yourself around others or because you’re not sure if you can handle something new. But if you want to overcome any insecurities, it’s important to start trusting yourself and building confidence by taking on smaller tasks so that when the time comes for bigger ones, you’ll feel prepared and ready to conquer anything.
Bonus Secret: Live Your Life to the Fullest
While it’s important to have goals, sometimes people get so focused on what they want that they lose sight of the present. Try to live your best life and enjoy each day—not just the ones where you’ve achieved a goal or succeeded at something. You should also be grateful for being able to do these things in the first place.
Overcoming insecurity can be difficult, so it’s important to let others help you. When others identify with your struggles and want to mentor you, they may have the tools that will enable you to succeed in life—no matter what challenges or obstacles come your way.