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How to Gain Self-Confidence: 3 Lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger can teach how to gain self-confidence. Arnold ‘The Terminator’ didn’t just become famous overnight. He had his share of struggles to reach where he is right now.
Here are the 3 lessons I’ve learnt from Arnold Schwarzenegger about self-confidence. Check out his “3 Steps on How Gain Self-Confidence” and achieve your goals.

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Self-confidence is one of the most crucial skills that you need in life. Sadly, school education doesn’t equip us with this skill. As a result, we need to attain this skill by reading about those who have mastered it.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the best examples to quote when it comes to learning the skill of how to become self-confident. Not only is he a well-known athlete, but also a celebrity movie star and a politician. He has been successful in every endeavor he undertook.

How to Gain Self-Confidence: 3 Lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger

In his books and interviews, Arnold revealed the secrets on how to gain self-confidence. In this article you’ll learn his 3 main tips.

 

#1 Become Good At Something

The first important thing to know about self-confidence is that it is NOT a trait that you are born with. Here’s what Arnold said about himself:

Self-confidence is a personal quality that you must develop. In order to build your self-confidence, Arnold suggests that you need to become good at something.

Little Victories are Important

Schwarzenegger emphasizes the importance of little victories that you make, once you start improving yourself in a certain niche. These first little victories might not bring you a lot of money, but will play a leading role in building your self-confidence.

As you continue your journey by accumulating those little victories, ultimately they will help you in forming your solid self-confidence.

Pick a Niche Area

So, what you need to do is to pick a certain niche, a certain area that interests you. Start improving yourself to become an expert at your niche area.

Then, you will get victories and fame, which will further boost your level of self-confidence! You will be able to use this confidence in other spheres of your life as well.

It doesn’t matter what niche area you choose. By the way, Schwarzenegger’s niche was rather terrible!

Arnold started his bodybuilding career in 1962. Bodybuilding was not a popular sport at that time, especially in Austria where he was born.

One journalist even compared the popularity of this sport with that of ‘jumping bag race’. On the other hand, the competition in bodybuilding was much lesser than it is now.

Fan Following Does The Trick!

Even if your niche is not popular at all, some fans of this area are always out there. They will surely give you respect that you deserve. This respect from your fans will help you in building your self-confidence!

 

#2 Pursue Your Goal, Your Vision

The second tip from Schwarzenegger is that you should have a goal, a vision. Arnold emphasizes many times throughout almost all of his interviews that the most important thing for you to have is your goal, your vision.

Think of what your future should look like ideally. Fix this imaginary image as a goal for yourself. That makes your whole life much more positive than it was before.

First of all, if you are facing some troubles and some negative things are there in your life right now. Think about your dreams instead of those unpleasant current obstacles. It will help you stay positive.

Another thing is that if you have a big goal, all the little troubles that you are experiencing right now. They will become little and insignificant for you because you will be thinking of that big goal that is waiting for you down the road.

How to Gain Self-Confidence: 3 Lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger

If you think about any famous historical personality, you'll notice that they always had a certain big goal for them.

For instance, if think about Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi or Einstein or whomever you respect as a present or an historical personality, you'll notice that they all dreamed about something big.

That big dream helped them to stay motivated, stay positive, and to move towards that distant positive vision.

 

#3 Emulate Your Heroes, Put Their Photos On The Wall

Here is the photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s childhood home, where he was born and spent his youth.

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Nowadays it’s a museum, but they strive to keep the original furniture and the ambience.

Arnold put photos of people who motivated him on the wall, so that they always kept motivating him. Schwarzenegger used the photos of famous sportsmen, power lifters, bodybuilders etc.

Emulation Is The Easiest Way of Learning

Now, why is it important to have these heroes to emulate? It is for the simple reason that it is the easiest way of learning and building your self confidence.

Nowadays, when people always talk about creativity, it doesn't sound very fancy to imitate somebody. But there is nothing bad here. On the contrary, this is a very effective way of learning.

In fact, if you look at nature, imitation is the way that animals learn all their skills.

And it is also the way that every human being has learned thousands of different things and skills within the first few years of their life.

So, imitation is a highly effective and the most natural, biological way of learning for all human beings. And that is why it's good to emulate somebody.

Moreover, we always imitate people either consciously or subconsciously because we like or respect them. Whether you intended it or not, you will be doing that.

The best way is to take control of this process. Choose your heroes, put their photos on the wall and imitate them.

Arnold Schwarzenegger – the Face of Confidence

Additional Benefits Of Picking The Photos Of Your Heroes On The Wall

Another good thing about fixing such photos on the wall is that this is a reminder for you about your goals.

As discussed earlier, it will also help you stay positive. FOCUS YOUR MIND on the good things and the bright future that you're going to achieve. Then, your current troubles will seem insignificant and temporary.

There is one more positive side of putting the photos of your heroes on the wall. If you have a certain ambitious goal, you might be unsure whether you will be able to achieve it or not.

Moreover, there will be many people around you who will be skeptical. They will say that you will never do that, and that it’s a silly idea.

BUT, when you have the photos of the people who have already achieved their goals in front of your eyes, then you know that it is possible.

YOU KNOW that it is not just a hope or dream or an assumption.

YOU KNOW that this goal is achievable. Other people have done it already, and you will be able to do as well.

 

Conclusion

Self-confidence is not something that you're born with. This is a personal quality that you need to develop gradually. 3 tips from Arnold Schwarzenegger will help you build a rock solid self-confidence.

  1. Become good at something.
  2. Pursue your goal, your vision.
  3. Emulate your heroes; put their photos on the wall.

 

What's your favorite tip to raise self-confidence?

 

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