If someone displays these 10 traits, they’re probably quite confident

Ever met someone who walks into a room and instantly magnetizes all attention towards themselves?

There’s a certain aura that radiates from them – a blend of self-assuredness, poise, and an undeniable charm.

That’s confidence in its finest form.

But how do you tell if someone is truly confident? Is it just about carrying off a power suit or having a firm handshake?

Well, confidence runs deeper than that. It’s an inherent trait, subtly reflected in their actions, words, and even their silent presence.

Let’s dive into the 10 telltale signs that reveal if someone is genuinely confident.

1. Positivity Central

Ever noticed how some people always seem to be smiling, no matter what’s going on? Yep, you guessed it: those are the confident ones.

They’re like a beacon of positivity, lighting up even the gloomiest room.

But here’s the kicker – it’s not that they don’t have problems or they’re always in a “happy bubble”.

Life throws them curveballs too! It’s just that they choose to focus on finding solutions rather than fussing about the problems.

They’re all about turning lemons into lemonade and finding that silver lining in every cloud. And this positive outlook isn’t restricted to their own lives either

. They spread it around like confetti, uplifting others along with them.

So, if you see someone who’s always exuding positivity in this way, chances are they’re brimming with confidence!

2. Body Talk

You know how sometimes you can just tell how someone’s feeling by the way they’re standing or moving?

It’s like their body is doing all the talking.

Well, confident people have this down to a science!

They walk into a room with their back straight, head held high, and a firm step – like they own the place.

And it’s not just about walking, either. When they sit, they’re not hunched over or constantly fidgeting.

They sit comfortably, taking up space without encroaching on others. And let’s not forget about that steady eye contact when they’re talking to you.

It’s like they’re really seeing you and showing you that they’re fully present in the conversation.

And then there’s the handshake. Oh, the handshake! Not too limp, not too strong – just right to show that they’re friendly but also mean business.

3. Master Listeners

You know what’s really surprising? Confident people are often the best listeners!

Now, I know what you’re thinking – aren’t confident people supposed to be great talkers?

Sure, they can be, but they understand the importance of listening too.

Let me tell you about my friend, Alex. Alex has this confidence about him that just draws people in.

But one of the things that stand out the most about him is his ability to listen. I remember this one time when we were at a get-together with a bunch of friends.

There was laughter, chatter, and loads of noise.

But in the middle of all that chaos, Alex was sitting calmly, attentively listening to a friend who was sharing a personal story.

He didn’t interrupt or try to steer the conversation towards himself. He simply listened, nodded and offered his thoughts when asked.

It was in that moment I realized how his confidence didn’t come from being the loudest in the room or always having something to say – it came from respect for others and a genuine interest in what they had to say.

4. Cool With Being Wrong

Confident people are perfectly okay with being wrong. Wait, what? Yes, you heard that right!

They’re not afraid to make mistakes or admit when they don’t know something. It’s because they understand that nobody knows everything and making mistakes is part of the learning process.

They’d rather learn and grow than always have to be the ‘know-it-all’.

So if you see someone who’s not afraid to say “I was wrong” or “I don’t know, but I’ll find out,” you’ve likely spotted a confident person!

5. Emotionally Savvy

Confidence isn’t just about how you carry yourself or how you speak; it’s also about understanding your own emotions.

Confident people are in tune with how they feel, and they’re not afraid to show it.

They’re not ones to bottle up their feelings or pretend everything’s okay when it’s not.

Instead, they acknowledge their emotions – be it joy, anger, sadness, or fear – and they know how to manage them effectively.

Emotionally intelligent people have a deep understanding that it’s okay to feel.

It’s okay to be happy, it’s okay to be sad, and it’s even okay to not know what you’re feeling sometimes.

They understand that emotions aren’t signs of weakness but rather a sign of being human.

If you see someone who’s in touch with their feelings and can handle them in a healthy way, chances are they’re not just emotionally intelligent, but also pretty confident. 

6. Don’t Need A Fan Club

Confidence, as I’ve come to realize, has less to do with what others think of you and more to do with how you see yourself.

Confident people don’t need a fan club. Sure, it’s nice to be appreciated, but they don’t rely on others’ opinions or applause to feel good about themselves.

Let me share a little story about myself. When I started writing, I was constantly seeking approval.

Every time I wrote something, I’d anxiously wait for the likes, the comments, the praises. And when they didn’t come, I’d feel low, questioning my abilities.

Then one day, a mentor told me something that changed my outlook. He said, “Write for yourself first and foremost.

If you love what you’ve written and it resonates with you, then you’ve done a great job.” His words hit home.

I started focusing on my craft and enjoying the process instead of seeking validation. And guess what? Not only did my writing improve, but I also felt more confident in my abilities.

7. Boundary Setters

Life can be overwhelming. It’s a constant juggle between work, family, friends, and a hundred other things. In the midst of all this chaos, it’s easy to lose ourselves – to say yes when we want to say no, to stretch ourselves too thin.

But here’s where confident people have got it figured out. They know their limits and they’re not afraid to set boundaries.

They understand that saying no doesn’t make them selfish or rude. It simply means they value their own time, energy, and mental well-being.

They know that they can’t pour from an empty cup and that it’s important to take care of themselves first. It’s a raw, honest truth – setting boundaries isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary.

So if you see someone who isn’t afraid to say no when they need to, who protects their time and values their peace of mind – you’re looking at someone with real confidence!

8. Happy With Silence

Silence can be a powerful thing. It can be a moment of reflection, a pause between thoughts, a sign of respect.

And confident people know this better than anyone. They’re comfortable with silence and don’t feel the need to fill every moment with words.

People who are comfortable with silence and periods of quiet reflection are often more emotionally stable and self-confident.

9. They Speak Up

Confidence also means having the courage to express your thoughts and feelings openly and respectfully.

The key word here is ‘respectfully’. It’s about standing up for what you believe in, without stepping on others.

I remember a time when I used to hold my thoughts back, particularly in group discussions or meetings.

I was worried about what people might think or that my ideas weren’t good enough. But over time, I realized that my opinion mattered too, and it was okay to voice it out.

I started speaking up more, sharing my thoughts and ideas with others. Yes, there were times when others didn’t agree with me, but that’s okay.

What mattered was that I had the confidence to express myself and respect the fact that everyone is entitled to their own viewpoints.

10. Not Scared To Stand Out

It’s easy to blend in with the crowd. It’s comfortable, it’s safe, and you’re less likely to face criticism or judgment. But confident people? They aren’t interested in taking the easy road.

They embrace their uniqueness and aren’t afraid to stand out or be different.

They know that they don’t need to fit into a certain mold or meet everyone’s expectations.

They’re comfortable being themselves, even if it means going against the grain.

Here’s the raw truth: it takes courage to be yourself in a world that’s constantly trying to make you something else.

Confident people understand this and choose authenticity over conformity.

So if you see someone who isn’t afraid to be a little different, who embraces their individuality and strays from the crowd – you’re looking at a person with true confidence!

And that’s it! The 10 telltale signs of a truly confident person.

Remember, confidence isn’t about being loud or always in the spotlight.

It’s about being comfortable with who you are, embracing your strengths and weaknesses, and navigating life with a positive outlook.

So if you spot these traits in someone (or better yet, yourself), know that you’re looking at genuine confidence in all its raw and honest glory!

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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