Believing in Yourself

Leveraging Your Strengths For Greater Self-confidence (video)

🫙 The glass-half-empty effect: why we engage in negative self-talk


Do you often find yourself focusing on your perceived weaknesses rather than your strengths? This glass half-empty outlook is a human phenomenon. The ‘’negativity bias’’ can explain this phenomenon;  a natural human tendency to dwell on negative experiences more than positive ones. 


We can trace our natural negativity bias back to prehistoric times. Our brains have been hardwired to focus on the negative. In prehistoric times, our primitive brains had to register threats to avoid danger, leading to a tendency to think negatively. 


In our modern lives, this tendency often manifests in the form of negative self-talk: your inner voice making critical or negative comments about yourself. We often have to consciously work on overcoming this negative self-talk. 


🗣️ Developing positive self-talk with a strengths-based approach


The good news is that you can implement steps to encourage positive self-talk, focusing on your strengths rather than your weaknesses. By implementing a strengths-based approach, you can leverage your strengths for enhanced self-confidence. 

In the following video, Jan discusses how to leverage your strengths for improved self-confidence: 


3️⃣ How to identify and develop your top three strengths.


💪🏿 How to apply your strengths to various aspects of your life with an action-oriented approach.


🧭 How to gain more external insights into your strengths.



👉  Now that we’ve explored how to leverage your strengths, let’s discover how you can take more action to further build your self-belief in our next lesson.