People often think that success breeds confidence but that is only part of the equation. A confident person is more likely to succeed at any task he or she decides to tackle. A confident person is taken more seriously in both formal and informal settings. However, it is not always easy to maintain confidence. Several self-help books are available to help people with the uphill battle of silencing self-defeating voices in their heads, boost self-esteem and build self-confidence in order to succeed in life.
- The Little Book of Confidence by Susan Jeffers: This book can easily fit in a small bag but within its pages, it carries a large expanse of advice and tips. Each page only takes a minute or two to read and stands separate from the entire book. It serves as a great book to whip out and read at the low points of a day when you need a little pick-me-up.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by R. Stephen Covey: Though the book does not deal with confidence exclusively, it deserves a place on any self-help book list. This much-lauded book discusses seven main habits that the author believes a person must adopt to lead a successful life. It also takes the reader through the three stages of character development.
- Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life by Anthony Robins: The author introduces his trademark technique of Neuro-Associative Conditioning and using it, guides the reader down the path of changing their life. This is a serious self-help book and is not meant for light reading. It can be a very effective tool for those who are serious about making changes in their life.
- How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People by Les Giblin: It covers all interpersonal interactionsâ€”business, romantic relationships, friendships, acquaintances and familyâ€”and teaches the author how to deal with them in an authentic manner. Though the title contains the word power, this book is not about gaining power over anyone but about creating win-win situations.
- How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie: Public speaking and communicating with strangers is a common fear. This book is a reservoir of tips and techniques in how to overcome that fear, how build the confidence required to go beyond being an adequate public speaker and become a great one.
- The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt by Russ Harris: Most self-help books focus on defeating the fears that plague us and hold us back. This book offers an innovative solution based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It uses core teachings from cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness and shows the reader how to use their fears to their advantage.
- The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assuranceâ€”What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman: It contains the latest findings from neuroscience, genetics and interviews with psychologists, sociologists and powerful women. The book approaches the elusive concept of confidence from various perspectives in order to find answers to basic questions likeâ€”what is confidence; are some people inherently more confident than others; can we train ourselves to be more confident and how.
- I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow: This book is different from all others on this list; it is for children. As adults, we struggle with problems of low self-esteem instilled in us since a young age. This rhyme book illustrated with fun pictures can be read to a young child creating an environment for him or her wherein he or she learns to be confident.