If someone displays these 10 behaviors, they’re a highly confident person

What makes a person confident?

Some people just seem to stand out in a crowd, and often, it’s because they’re really sure of themselves.

But how can you tell if someone is truly confident?

Confidence isn’t just a feeling inside someone’s head; it shows up in the way they act too.

In this article, I’ll share 10 signs that show a person is highly confident.

Whether you want to learn these behaviors for yourself or you’re just curious about what makes confident people tick, these 10 signs will make it easy to understand.

1. They look you in the eye and talk clearly

When talking with highly confident people, I noticed they often spoke with clarity and maintained eye contact.

They didn’t mumble or look away, and this gave me the feeling that they truly believed in what they were saying.

It was a subtle sign, but a powerful one. This way of communicating didn’t just make them look confident; it made those around them feel more at ease and engaged.

In my own life, I’ve tried to practice this way of speaking, and it’s made a noticeable difference. People seem to listen more and take me more seriously. It’s a small change, but it’s one that’s helped me to understand what confidence looks like, not just feel it inside.

2. They smile and are friendly to others

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You might think that confident people are too busy or important to be friendly, but that’s not true at all. In fact, I found that really confident people often have a smile on their face and take the time to say hello.

Think about someone you know who’s friendly and smiles a lot. Doesn’t that make you feel good? That’s what confident people do. They make others feel good by being nice.

I decided to try this myself. I started smiling more and saying hello to people, even those I didn’t know very well. It was amazing how much better I felt. And guess what? Other people started smiling back!

This showed me that being confident isn’t about being the loudest in the room or showing off. It’s about being kind and making others feel good. It’s something anyone can do, and it makes a big difference in how people see you and how you feel about yourself.

3. They don’t brag, but they’re not afraid to speak up

You might think that confident people are always talking about themselves and how great they are. But that’s not what I found. Confident people don’t need to brag; they know what they’re good at, but they don’t show off.

What they do instead is speak up when they have something to say. If they have an idea or an opinion, they share it, but they don’t make a big fuss about it.

I thought about times when I was afraid to say what I thought, even when I knew I had a good idea. Then I tried doing what confident people do. I started speaking up, but without bragging. And guess what? People listened to me!

This showed me that you don’t have to be loud or show off to be confident. You just have to be willing to share your ideas without making it all about you.

4. They listen more than they talk

This one might seem strange. How can confident people listen more when they have so much to say? But that’s the thing I learned: Confident people don’t need to talk all the time. They’re sure of themselves, so they don’t need to prove anything by talking a lot.

Instead, they take the time to listen to what others have to say. They know that everyone has good ideas, and they’re interested in hearing them.

I tried doing this myself. Instead of always talking and sharing my thoughts, I started listening more. I learned a lot from other people, and I felt more connected to them.

What surprised me the most was that when I did talk, people seemed more interested in what I had to say. By listening, I showed them that I cared about their ideas, and they cared about mine in return.

5. They’re not afraid to admit when they’re wrong

I used to think that confident people never made mistakes or that they would never admit to them if they did. But I found out that’s not true at all. Confident people know that nobody’s perfect, not even themselves.

When they make a mistake, they don’t try to hide it or pretend it didn’t happen. Instead, they say they were wrong, and they try to fix it. They know that admitting a mistake doesn’t make them look weak; it shows that they’re honest and willing to learn.

I decided to try this myself. The next time I made a mistake, instead of trying to cover it up, I admitted it. It wasn’t easy, but it felt good to be honest. And people respected me for it.

This taught me that being confident isn’t about being perfect. It’s about being honest with yourself and others, even when it’s hard. If you can admit when you’re wrong and try to make things right, it shows that you’re sure of yourself in a real and true way.

6. They ask for help when they need it

I used to think that asking for help was a sign of weakness. Confident people, I thought, should know how to do everything themselves. But then I noticed something different: Confident people aren’t afraid to ask for help when they need it.

They know that nobody can do everything on their own, and they’re not too proud to ask for assistance. They understand that asking for help isn’t a sign of failure; it’s a sign of being smart and recognizing when someone else’s expertise or perspective can be valuable.

I gave it a try myself. Instead of struggling on my own, I started asking for help when I needed it. It made things easier, and I learned a lot from others. I also found that people were glad to help, and it made us feel more connected.

This taught me that being confident isn’t about pretending you have all the answers. It’s about knowing that it’s okay to need help sometimes, and it’s smart to ask for it. If you can do that, you show real confidence in yourself and your ability to grow and learn from others.

7. They set goals and work towards them

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Confident people aren’t just sure of themselves in the moment; they have a plan for the future. They know what they want, and they set clear goals to help them get there. But they don’t just dream; they take real steps to make those dreams come true.

I used to think that goals were something only big and important people had. But then I tried setting some goals myself, small ones at first. I worked towards them a little bit every day, and I felt so good when I reached them!

What I learned from this is that being confident isn’t about where you are now; it’s about where you want to go and believing you can get there. It’s about setting goals that are right for you and taking real steps to reach them.

You don’t have to set huge goals or try to do everything at once. Just pick something that matters to you and take small steps towards it every day. You’ll feel more sure of yourself, and you’ll see that confidence isn’t just something for other people; it’s something you can have too.

8. They celebrate others’ success, not just their own

At first, I thought confident people would only care about what they achieve. But I learned that they also get really excited about what other people achieve. They cheer for others and celebrate when they do well.

Think about a time when someone was really happy for you. It feels good, doesn’t it? That’s what confident people do. They make others feel good by being genuinely happy for them.

I tried doing this myself. When a friend did well at something, I made a point to tell them how great I thought they were. It wasn’t about pretending or just being nice; I was truly happy for them.

And guess what? I felt good too! I felt more connected to my friends, and I even felt more confident about myself.

What this taught me is that confidence isn’t just about you. It’s about how you relate to others too. If you can be happy for other people and celebrate their successes, it shows that you’re confident in yourself and not threatened by others doing well.

9. They take care of themselves

You might wonder, what does taking care of yourself have to do with confidence? But I noticed that confident people often pay attention to their own needs. They eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and take time to relax. They know that feeling good on the inside helps them feel good on the outside too.

I decided to try this myself. Instead of always putting other things first, I started to take a little time for me. I ate better, went for walks, and even took a few minutes to relax and read a book.

It’s amazing how much better I felt. I was happier and more energized, and I felt more sure of myself too.

This taught me that being confident isn’t just about what you do or what you achieve; it’s about how you feel. If you take care of yourself, you feel better, and you can be more confident in everything you do.

10. They keep trying, even when things get tough

Confidence isn’t about always winning or having everything go your way. It’s about keeping going, even when things are hard. Confident people don’t give up just because something doesn’t work the first time. They keep trying, learning, and growing.

I thought about times when I wanted to give up, and then I decided to do what confident people do: I kept going. It wasn’t always easy, but I learned that you don’t have to win every time to be confident; you just have to keep trying.

This taught me that real confidence is about believing in yourself and your ability to keep going, no matter what. It’s about knowing that you can handle challenges and come out stronger on the other side.

If you want to feel more confident, don’t be afraid to keep trying, even when things are tough. You’ll learn more, grow more, and feel more sure of yourself in the long run.

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Justin Brown

Justin Brown

I'm Justin Brown, the founder of Ideapod. I've overseen the evolution of Ideapod from a social network for ideas into a publishing and education platform with millions of monthly readers and multiple products helping people to think critically, see issues clearly and engage with the world responsibly.

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