A healthy dose of self esteem can do wonders to enhance your life. But how do you improve your self confidence when it’s in need of repair? It can be done! If you want to truly be successful in your personal and work life, you have to improve your confidence. It’s the most important thing you can do for yourself. And I’m here to tell you how to do just that, in 10 easy-to-follow steps.

Building self worth is a skill that anyone can learn. Think of confidence as a muscle: When we work it, it only gets stronger and more defined.  Once you improve your self confidence, you’ll notice that your overall outlook is improved, as well.

Tip 9: Fake It ’Til You Make It.

We’ve all heard this standby, and it works.  If you stand up tall, make eye contact, deliberately shake people’s hands and smile, you enter a room with what appears to be confidence.  Whether you have it or not in this moment is irrelevant; the important thing is that it appears that you do.

People treat you differently when they think that you are confident. Many times, men are asked to take an advanced role which they may have no experience in and they jump at the chance.  Usually, women will talk about not having prior experience in that role. In my life, I have always said I can do it and figured it out later. That tactic has never failed me in my personal life or at work.  If there is a challenge or opportunity that I am interested in, I go for it—even when I don’t have the confidence that I can do it. The confidence follows when I start making it work.  It is almost backwards logic, but I promise you that it works!