Men who have genuinely high self-confidence usually display these 8 behaviors

Confidence is often misunderstood. It’s more than just a show of bravado or an inflated sense of self-worth. True self-confidence is a deep-seated belief in one’s abilities, values, and worth.

Men with genuine self-confidence exude a sense of ease and authenticity. They don’t need to prove anything to anyone, they simply live their lives in alignment with their values and beliefs.

These men often display distinct behaviors that set them apart. These behaviors aren’t about dominance or superiority, but about integrity, self-awareness, and resilience.

Let’s explore these 8 behaviors which are usually displayed by men who carry genuine high self-confidence.

1) Embrace authenticity

True self-confidence isn’t an act or a façade—it’s an unwavering sense of self that radiates from within. Real men of confidence know who they are to the core, and they flaunt it fearlessly.

They’re not here to fit into someone else’s mold or meet society’s standards. Authenticity is their currency, and they spend it liberally, reveling in their uniqueness even if it means standing out.

While some may balk at the idea of baring their souls, these men thrive in their authenticity. They find liberation in being unapologetically themselves, drawing strength from their individuality and wearing it like armor.

This genuine self-assurance isn’t just a personal trait—it’s a magnet that pulls others toward them with its irresistible pull.  

2) Embrace challenges

As someone who has faced my fair share of obstacles, I can attest that men with genuine self-confidence don’t shy away from challenges. Instead, they embrace them as opportunities for growth and learning.

These men don’t spend time dwelling on what went wrong. Instead, they focus on what they can learn from the situation and how they can apply these lessons in the future. This resilience and ability to bounce back is a testament to their self-confidence.

One person who embodies this belief is the late Nelson Mandela, who once said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” This quote perfectly encapsulates the mindset of men with genuine self-confidence – they know that it’s not about avoiding failure, but about learning, growing, and rising from it.

3) Cultivate self-awareness

One of the hallmarks of men with genuine high self-confidence is their high level of self-awareness. They understand their strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, and values. They are in tune with their emotions and how these emotions affect their actions and decisions.

These men don’t shy away from self-reflection. They regularly take time to introspect, to question their actions and choices, and to understand their motivations. This deep introspection allows them to align their actions with their values and beliefs, leading to a greater sense of fulfillment and contentment.

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I explore how this belief can lead to internal criticism, judgment of others, and make us easily manipulated. On the other hand, letting go of this ideal fosters a more authentic, fulfilling life.

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4) Accept responsibility

True self-confidence shines brightest in those who own their actions without hesitation. Blame games? Not their style. These men don’t waste breath on pointing fingers or wallowing in what-ifs. Instead, they roll up their sleeves and tackle what’s in their control – their own choices, attitudes, and responses.

But let’s get this straight: owning it isn’t about self-flagellation. It’s empowerment in its purest form. It’s a bold declaration that despite life’s curveballs, we hold the reins to our destiny.

Responsibility isn’t just a solo gig; it’s a team sport. These men grasp their role in the grand tapestry of society. Thus, they choose wisely. They walk the ethical tightrope, guided by values and a commitment to leaving the world better than they found it.

Because true freedom isn’t just doing what you want—it’s shouldering the weight of your actions and their impact on the world.

5) Foster authentic relationships

Genuine self-confidence isn’t about going it alone or proving self-sufficiency. Quite the opposite, confident men grasp the vital role of supportive communities and genuine connections.

They don’t collect acquaintances for an ego boost; they seek out those who challenge, inspire, and foster growth. Authenticity, mutual respect, and empathy form the bedrock of their relationships.

Understanding the power of connection, they draw strength to chase dreams, weather storms, and savor shared moments. Unafraid of vulnerability, they offer and seek support when needed, knowing that true strength lies in unity.

6) Practice humility

In a world that often equates confidence with arrogance, it might seem surprising to associate self-confidence with humility. However, men with genuine self-confidence understand that these two traits are not mutually exclusive but deeply interconnected.

Humility is about recognizing that we don’t have all the answers and that there’s always room for growth and learning. It’s about being open to new ideas and perspectives, even if they challenge our existing beliefs.

Men with high self-confidence are secure enough in their capabilities to acknowledge their shortcomings. They don’t perceive criticism as a personal attack but as an opportunity for improvement.

7) Align actions with values

True self-confidence is not just about believing in your abilities or possessing a positive self-image. It’s also about aligning your actions with your core values.

Men with genuine self-confidence do not compromise their principles for temporary gains or approval. They are guided by a strong moral compass, and their decisions reflect their deep-seated beliefs.

They strive to use their resources – time, energy, skills, and money – in ways that contribute to positive change and align with their vision of a just and sustainable world. Their confidence stems not just from personal achievements but also from the knowledge that they are living a life true to themselves.

8) Cultivate resilience

Finally, men with genuine self-confidence exude resilience in the face of life’s rollercoaster. Challenges are par for the course, but it’s how we ride them that defines our journey.

They refuse to let setbacks label them; instead, they see them as stepping stones to growth. Embracing failure as a teacher, they understand it’s the bumps that shape the path.

Rather than getting tangled in the web of what-ifs, they focus on their own playbook: attitude, action, and response. This mindset is their compass through life’s tempests, guiding them to calmer shores, stronger and wiser.

Embracing the journey of self-confidence

The journey towards genuine self-confidence is a deeply personal one. It’s not about proving anything to anyone else, but about discovering who you truly are and embracing yourself, with all your strengths and vulnerabilities.

Each one of us has the potential to cultivate this sense of self-assuredness. It might require stepping out of our comfort zones, confronting some hard truths about ourselves, and making conscious choices that align with our values. But with each step we take, we move closer towards becoming the version of ourselves we aspire to be.

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As we close this article, I leave you with a question to ponder – Which of these behaviors do you already exhibit, and which ones do you feel you could cultivate more in your journey towards genuine self-confidence? Remember, self-improvement is a continuous journey, not a destination.

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Justin Brown

Justin Brown is an entrepreneur and thought leader in personal development and digital media, with a foundation in education from The London School of Economics and The Australian National University. As the co-founder of Ideapod, The Vessel, and a director at Brown Brothers Media, Justin has spearheaded platforms that significantly contribute to personal and collective growth. His deep insights are shared on his YouTube channel, JustinBrownVids, offering a rich blend of guidance on living a meaningful and purposeful life.

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