It is often said that self-confidence is the key to success. Although, what does it mean? Is it related to self-esteem? Does it help to perform better? What exactly is it? The simple answer is the fact that confidence is subjective. Although, at the most basic level it means to have faith in oneself and one’s abilities.
As Christina Grimmie rightly said, ‘Confidence is not ‘They will like me’; it instead is ‘I will be fine if they do not.’ Faith in oneself, help people perform better. Above all, prepares them to handle rejections. Even though self-confidence is the key to all the professions out there, it is a necessity in the modeling industry. The inception of an individual in modeling till (s)he reaches the zenith, the journey is driven by confidence.
The correlation between Confidence and Modeling:
Consider a hypothetical situation. You are at a model auditioning for a prestigious Fashion week. However, things do not go as planned. You face rejection because of a certain reason. If you are someone who gets dejected easily, you give up on it. Yet, you can also choose to be that confident model who will work to attain those attributes. Someone who would not quit and perform again to reach the goal. Belief gives an individual the resilience to carry on. In the modeling industry, one might have to face several rejections or criticisms. Confidence keeps you going regardless of all the failures that come along the way.
An article published on Psychology Today in 2011, highlighted several studies that proved, along with ability, one’s confidence is also important for success. The research was conducted where people were given situations in which they were not confident. They expected it to turn out badly, and it did. This had an impact on their performance. Confidence thus does have a direct bearing on performance.
Consider the real-life example of the supermodel Cindy Crawford. The world-famous model had to face rejections in her early career because of her facial mole. However, she was confident about her capabilities. She carried on and became a successful model. Even the supermodel Gigi Hadid was rejected twice for Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Yet, she did not let this affect her confidence and auditioned for the third time. Her third attempt was successful and she finally got a position in the runaway show. Confidence is also one of the key aspects that play a role in socialization. Confident individuals will be able to network and expand the social circle that will benefit them.
How to develop confidence:
Here are some tips to develop confidence:
Monitor your progress: No matter what the achievement is, it is always better to keep a track of one’s progress. For instance, completing a one-week exercise challenge successfully.
Self-affirmations: It is one of the most effective ways to improve the mind-set. Affirm that you are confident and work towards it. Take rejections as constructive criticism. Work on them.
Set goals for each day: Begin setting smaller goals. Then, go for the more difficult ones. Like, waking up early to go for a run at least twice a week. Gradually, increase the number of days. A sense of fulfillment and achievement will boost your confidence.
Learn from your mistakes: The best way to deal with mistakes is to learn from them. Instead of being hard on oneself, you can take a lesson from it. Abstain from repeating it in the future. Do not let the mistakes affect your self-esteem.
To conclude, lack of confidence is a bigger hurdle than you perceive to an individual from pursuing a career. Modeling is the field where one has to be determined to go on. Individuals have to face harsh critique but they have the confidence to work on it. This is what helps them to reach the peak. With confidence, comes clarity and a higher sense of self-esteem. This will make them believe in their abilities to achieve what they wanted. Work on yourself, and you will find yourself more confident.