Do you feel insecure around others or have been called shy often? Did you know there are so many books to build your self-confidence?
Over the past year, I have been working on my confidence and realized it’s so important to study how others have done it successfully.
One good way to start is through reading in-depth books filled with inspiration, methods for reflection, and practical steps.
Confidence is not something you build overnight and can even be easily knocked down if you haven’t built strong systems.
True confidence is not caring about what others think and not basing your self-worth on worldly success like how much money you make, what type of job you have, or the kind of lifestyle you live.
I share below 5 books that will help you in a variety of areas, including building the confidence to start saying yes to more amazing opportunities and how to be comfortable with being imperfect.
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Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Do you have really big dreams but are afraid of taking that next step of putting yourself out there? Or do you have social anxiety and have a fear of public speaking?
The Year of Yes will help you be bold and start taking the necessary steps to get you out of your comfort zone.
Shonda will teach you how to start saying yes to all the crazy good opportunities that come your way.
This book is especially for you if you want more PR and public speaking opportunities, but you’re an introvert or shy.
Shonda gets really vulnerable and shares how she overcame her fear of being in the public eye. She decided to stop running and start saying yes.
Stop Overthinking by Nick Trenton
Do you feel like you’re too negative or that you get in your own way of moving forward? The book Stop Overthinking focuses on how to recognize your thought patterns to stop doing that.
Nick will help you rewire your brain to change how you think about yourself and stop worrying about the past.
If you find yourself stressing out all the time, worrying about the future, and beating yourself up about past mistakes you’ve made, this book would be a good fit for you.
It’s time to stop those downward negative thought spirals and start pushing yourself to move forward with what you dream of doing in life.
I can relate to this. I overthink a lot, I have maladaptive daydreaming struggles and constantly think of mistakes I made years ago.
By doing this, you waste so much of your time and energy. And you self-sabotage before you even start something new. Learn how to get rid of the stress.
The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Are you a career woman who wants to get promoted or go for those large projects, but you don’t feel qualified enough?
The Confidence Code teaches you how to build your self-confidence to start going after those opportunities.
This book is for all women and includes practical advice on how to succeed in the workplace by overcoming your confidence blockages.
Women are more educated today and have achieved a lot, but men still typically have more confidence to go for the top leadership roles or opportunities.
The authors cover what confidence means, why women appear less confident than men, and how to close the confidence gap.
Imperfect by Brené Brown
Do you have deep insecurities about how others perceive you? Are you the type of person who triple-checks every small thing before you post something on social media?
Do you beat yourself up over tiny mistakes?
This is a sign that you struggle with being your authentic self and care too much about what others think about you.
Because of this, you miss out on opportunities for fear of disappointing others, being criticized, or feeling embarrassed.
The Gifts of Imperfection will help you break the cycle of caring what others think and start being yourself comfortably.
Stop people-pleasing and start prioritizing what YOU want to do!
Heart & Hustle by Patricia Bright
I subscribed to Patricia Bright on YouTube. She shares her personal journey of starting a business and becoming a YouTuber.
If you’re scared to start a business or become a Content Creator, her book Heart & Hustle will guide you through the process.
I love watching her channel because she keeps it real and is very transparent.
She shares her story from her childhood family struggles to becoming a well-known Content Creator making millions of dollars.
There are a ton more books that you can read to build your self-confidence. Take the time to reflect and get to the root cause of your insecurities through journaling also.
You can only learn about your blockages when you do the inner work.
What books are you going to get to build your self-confidence?