Your March Action Plan: 10 Easy Ways to Build Your Confidence

Your Action Plan is a monthly to-do list straight from SUCCESS magazine — 10 things you can do right now to improve yourself and your life. This month, find the courage to be confident in any situation, which means standing up for what you believe in, taking risks, and pushing yourself beyond the norm. 1. Talk about it. If you're struggling to put on your best face in an interview, ask a friend to conduct a mock interview. Prepare for all the crazy questions and build your confidence in the process.
Lily:The Introvert's Guide to Getting Hired 2. Think again. The next time someone cuts you off or runs over your bumper during rush hour, give that driver the benefit of the doubt. After all, we never know what might be going on behind the scenes.
Read: What I learned from 30 days of positive thinking 3. Persevere. Take a step towards realizing your big idea. Failure is inevitable. Don't let yourself be held back from achieving your dreams.
Lily:Travis Kalanick: “You can do what they say or fight for what you believe” 4. Push back. Today, boost your confidence by haggling five times. Ask for a free drink at lunch or ask your cable company for a loyalty discount. Revel in your newfound bravery and commit to trading once a week.
Read: How I learned to (at least try) to succeed 5. Be calm. A good leader knows that the next crisis is just around the corner. Prepare for bad times by anticipating various scenarios and planning your response.
Lily:John C. Maxwell: How to Be Confident in a Crisis 6. Check your ego. Are you blurring the line between being confident and being arrogant? Take our quiz to find out if you need to take it down a notch.
Read: Cocky vs Confident: It's a Fine Line 7. Be good enough. Perfectionism is good until it stops you from doing a task because you're hung up on the details. Eliminate the perfect word from your vocabulary and accept that sometimes the right one is enough.
Read: The secret to ending perfection paralysis 8. Take risks. While preparation is the key to moving confidently toward your goals, don't get so caught up in the planning that you never move. Commit to taking the next step.
Read: 3 action steps for an honest self-assessment 9. Practice self-care. Words have the power to damage our self-esteem and leave us unsteady. When this happens, list your strengths and remind yourself of the value you have to offer.
Read: 5 ways to get yourself back after someone tears you down 10. Push yourself. Sign up for an intense exercise class and sweat outside your comfort zone. When it seems difficult, remember that growth takes time and dedication.