In a world that often measures strength and confidence in self-expression and bold gestures, I’ve discovered that it’s the small, everyday behaviors that truly reveal a woman’s resilience.
Not the capes or superhero entrances. And definitely not the extent she’d go to for engagement rates on social media.
From the subtle to the spectacular, here are 9 tiny behaviors that speak volumes about the formidable force that’s in the plain Jane next door.
Let’s find out.
1) She embraces authenticity
What is confidence without authenticity? Can strength be found in deception?
Nope. There’s no such thing as a strong and confident woman who doesn’t embrace her individuality.
When a woman embraces her true self, flaws and all, she not only liberates herself from the shackles of societal expectations but also inspires others. She lives her life as she sees it fit and doesn’t try to fit into any mould. She’s a Brené Brown and she’s a Lizzo.
In a society that sometimes confuses confidence with a flawless facade, authentic women are the disruptors, the much-needed glitch in the matrix. They remind us all that imperfection is not the opposite of confidence but rather the heart of it.
2) She’s not afraid of failure
Failure – now there’s a word that can make anyone cringe. But here’s the deal:
A strong and confident woman doesn’t fear failure. Instead, she sees it as a stepping stone towards success.
In psychology, this concept is known as the “growth mindset” – the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed over time.
This mindset encourages learning from mistakes and turning failures into opportunities for personal growth. And believe me, it’s a game changer.
A woman who isn’t afraid to fail is one who isn’t held back by fear of judgment or rejection. She takes risks, steps out of her comfort zone, and isn’t afraid to fall because she knows that failure is not the end, but a part of the journey to success.
Such strength and confidence in the face of adversity is truly admirable, don’t you think?
3) She celebrates others’ success
While embracing failure is important, so is celebrating success – and not just your own.
It seems counter-intuitive, right? But stick with me here.
A strong and confident woman doesn’t feel threatened by the success of others. Instead, she celebrates it. She understands that another person’s achievements don’t diminish her own.
This concept is deeply rooted in self-assuredness and abundance mentality. It’s the belief that there’s enough room for everyone to succeed and that someone else’s triumph doesn’t equate to your loss.
This trait reflects a high level of self-confidence and emotional maturity. It’s a sign of a woman who is secure in her own abilities and values cooperative success over rivalry.
Isn’t that the mark of true strength and confidence?
4) She sets healthy boundaries
Ever thought about the importance of saying ‘no’?
A strong and confident woman understands the value of setting healthy boundaries. She knows her limits and isn’t afraid to communicate them.
Setting boundaries isn’t about being selfish or stubborn. It’s about respecting your own needs and making sure others respect them too. It’s about understanding that you can’t pour from an empty cup.
A woman who sets healthy boundaries is not only confident but also self-caring. She prioritizes her mental and emotional well-being and doesn’t let others overstep or take advantage of her generosity.
5) She’s not afraid to ask for help
Contrary to popular belief, asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. If any, it’s a hallmark of strength and confidence.
A strong and confident woman understands that no one can do everything alone. She knows when to reach out to others for support or guidance.
Asking for help requires:
- Admitting you don’t have all the answers
- Being open to learning and growing
- Trusting in the abilities of others
These aren’t signs of weakness, but of wisdom and strength.
6) She practices self-care
Now, let’s talk about something close to my heart – self-care.
A strong and confident woman understands the importance of taking care of herself. She knows that to be able to give her best, she must feel her best.
And I’m not just talking about bubble baths and spa days, though those are great too. I’m talking about taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
It’s about feeding your body nutritious food, making time for exercise, getting enough sleep, and taking regular mental breaks. It’s about doing things that make you happy and help you recharge. And only when you’re in your tip-top shape can you radiate strength and confidence.
7) She’s kind to herself
Picture this: You’ve had a tough day at work, everything seems to be going wrong, and you can’t help but feel down. What do you say to yourself in such moments? Are you harsh and critical, or are you compassionate and understanding?
A strong and confident woman knows the importance of self-compassion. She treats herself with kindness, especially during tough times. She doesn’t berate herself over mistakes or setbacks, but instead, offers herself the same kindness she would extend to a friend in a similar situation.
This is not about ignoring your flaws or sugarcoating reality. It’s about acknowledging your feelings and treating yourself with care and respect.
How do you treat yourself when things don’t go as planned? Do you show yourself kindness?
If you do, it’s a sign of strength and confidence. It shows that you value yourself and understand that everyone has off days – and that’s okay.
8) She stands up for what she believes in
Standing up for what she believes in isn’t something a strong and confident woman will shy away from. She voices her opinions and defends her values, even if they go against the grain.
Let me share a personal story. A few years ago, I took a stand against a policy at my workplace that I believed was unfair. It was a challenging situation and I faced some backlash, but I couldn’t stay silent. I believed in fairness and equality and I felt it was my duty to speak up.
Standing up for your beliefs can be difficult. It requires courage and conviction. But it’s also incredibly empowering.
A woman who stands her ground, who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and defend her values – that’s a woman who is truly strong and confident.
9) She believes in herself
And here we are, at the final and perhaps the most crucial point.
A strong and confident woman believes in herself. She trusts her abilities, values her strengths, and doesn’t let self-doubt hold her back.
Believing in yourself is not about arrogance or overconfidence. It’s about having faith in your abilities and knowing that you have what it takes to overcome challenges and achieve your goals.
This belief is what fuels confidence. It’s what gives you the courage to step out of your comfort zone, to take risks, to stand up for yourself, and to chase your dreams.
If you have that belief in yourself, then you’re already embodying the essence of strength and confidence. And that’s something truly special.
Are you ready to embrace your strength and confidence?
Embodying strength and confidence is a journey, not a destination. And it’s a journey worth embarking on.
As you navigate your path, remember:
- Every step, no matter how small, is progress
- There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to confidence
- Your journey is unique to you, and that’s what makes it beautiful
Keep in mind that strength and confidence don’t always roar. Sometimes, they are the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”