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Self-Confidence (soaking in positive feelings)

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About This Tool

Self-Confidence is the feeling of strong faith in yourself and your abilities, be them your skills, opinions, or strengths. It is often experienced in the aftermath of a successful achievement, but it can also come or go on its own, unrelated to life events.Most of us enjoy the feeling of self-confidence and would be happy to feel it more often, but we struggle as soon as we experience something that doesn’t go according to our expectations. Luckily, science has found that most feelings, like self-confidence, are more of a habit than an occasional state. By treating self-confidence like a habit, we can actually turn it into a permanent, or close to permanent, state. This worksheet can help.

Why It Works

Below are some of the books and studies that support this tool.

  • Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough. “Counting blessings versus burdens: an experimental investigation of gratitude and subject wellbeing in daily life” in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2003.
  • Rick Hanson. “Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.” 2013.
  • Nathan Lambert, Steven Graham, Frank Fincham, & Tyler Stillman. “A changed perspective: How gratitude can affect sense of coherence through positive reframing” in the Journal of Positive Psychology. 2009.
  • Martin Seligman, Tracy Steen, Nansook Park, and Christopher Peterson. “Positive psychology progress: Empirical validation of interventions” in American Psychologist. 2005.

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