Students need self-confidence to succeed in their endeavours. As a parent, are you wondering how you can help your child become more confident? Read on to find out!
By Aman Khatri
Self-confidence is something rarely talked about among students, largely because everyone is so engrossed in his or her daily routine. A student’s life revolves around studies, school, tuition and homework. The realisation that someone may be having difficulty with confidence is often a far-fetched thought. But confidence, especially in the formative years, is crucial for many reasons. It is even more vital as a student gets into higher classes and starts studying for competitive examinations. With ample self-confidence, a student is more likely to achieve better results as they are more motivated and have a sense of purpose.
Improving self-confidence is key to many problems students face today. Poor results, lack of concentration or even fear of failure, can be addressed if students have better self-esteem. Hence, students presently in class 10 must read this carefully, as the next two school years will be significant in many ways. Their preparations should include sports, studies, applying for a scholarship for class 10, appearing in Olympiads and everything else, as part of their everyday goal to boost self-confidence.
Here is what students can do to improve their self-confidence:
1. Visualise goals: Visualising goals is often underrated. It is one of the best ways to achieve dreams. By imagining their goals, a student can be motivated to carry out a task. Visualising is a technique of seeing your goal or where you want to be, in your mind. It helps give students a better perspective. What's more, having a correct sense of perception is necessary, as it can help in achieving goals that may seem far right now.
2. Think positive: Positive thinking has many benefits, including increased self-confidence, better motivation and a drive to do better. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. If you have a fear of failure, always be on the move and think positively. Indulge in healthy activities, take part in sports, win and lose; but always be optimistic. The most exceptional works in human history were done because someone was thinking positively.
3. Move out of the comfort zone: Anyone and not just students who rely on ‘fate’ will perhaps have a 'comfort zone'. A student who has to appear in JEE, NEET or IAS is likely to be insecure about their future. But, being insecure is a blessing in disguise, an opportunity to beat that feeling and show your true worth. Facing fears head-on is one of the best things a student can do to achieve their dreams. The best way to do it is by putting yourself in situations that might seem impossible at first. For instance, if you are an average student, you would not imagine that you could one day, sit in a scholarship exam, let alone win a scholarship, right? However, the best way to prove yourself wrong is by actually doing it. Many coaching institutes provide scholarships for class 10 students to achieve their engineering or medical dreams. Give it a shot!
4. Understand yourself: Be your friend. No one is asking you to be your best friend, but at least know yourself from within. Know what drives and motivates you, and then work on achieving your goals. Having a thorough understanding of yourself is essential. However, if it is not happening or you are having trouble finding yourself, just work on the task at hand. If you have an exam in two weeks, study for it and do not waste your time. Make a list of things you are good at or bad at, things you would like to change about yourself and your future goals. Work on them one by one, and in the process, you will rediscover yourself.
5. Don't be afraid of competition: Competition can be the best motivator for students. Taking it in a positive spirit increases efficiency and helps students lay out their best version. Someone may be better at you in chemistry, but you surely can score better in mathematics. If it sounds too clichéd, remember that by practising and studying with a decisive mind, you can indeed get what you want out of your education. Fight for knowledge, and not for scores.
No one should limit themselves, especially students who are in their formative years. When students are at a crossroads in their career, they should have the required self-confidence to execute their decisions and move forward. There are many things a student can do to improve their confidence. Working on small things, one at a time is also important. Apart from that, be actively interested in creative arts or sports. Also, stop procrastinating — focus on solutions and change habits that are slowing you down. Remember, everyone can instil self-confidence in themselves with the right approach.
Aman Khatri works for Akash Institute, New Delhi
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