You may turn down invitations to social events, because you find it hard to talk to strangers.
You'd love to be more confident to apply for a new job but you don't because you dread interviews.
You watch those guys who are first in line when it's Karaoke night, and you think, "I wish I had the confidence to do that", etc.
The fact is, you can learn to conquer your lack of confidence and therefore get much more from your life.
Your goals can be reached and even life-long ambitions can be achieved.
You can be more confident.
You have probably heard about the importance of setting goals.
However, if your goal is to be an Olympic swimmer next week, but you can't swim, then the chances are you will not achieve that goal.
If your goal is more realistic, say learning to swim within 3 months, then you stand a better chance of success.
When you don't achieve your goal, your self confidence can take a tumble.
One way to build self confidence is for you to set some achievable goals to aim for.
Whatever those goals happen to be (even if they are small goals to start with), successfully completing them will give you a sense of personal satisfaction and a boost to your self confidence.
Hobbies such as painting, needlework, woodwork, cookery and crafting are all subjects that can be tried at home.
It is important that you enjoy what you are doing, if not, then choose something else.
Set yourself some goals and practice often until you improve - it's surprising how good you will feel with every achievement, no matter how small.
If your lack of confidence is something that can't be remedied by yourself, then seeking outside help is a good idea.
There are many ways to increase self confidence, and some work better than others.
Books written by confidence experts can be a good help, and it's well known that using hypnotherapy is both quick and successful.
However you decide to tackle your lack of confidence, it can help to give you the self confidence that you need to start to really live your life.
You could then join a group related to your new hobby, get that new job you always wanted, or socialize more.
Doing these things would allow you to meet new people, boost your confidence even more, and leave your lack of confidence way back in the past.