Throughout high school and part of college, I dealt with paralyzing fear whenever I was forced to speak in front of a group. Now, that didn't just mean major presentations or speaking in front of an auditorium full of people. It also extended to relatively simple tasks such as raising my hand to ask or answer a question in class. Looking back, I realize that the fear really stemmed from being wrong or otherwise embarrassing myself. Sound familiar? How about some resolutions to make if you want to be more confident?
While researching their 2014 book The Confidence Code, veteran journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman discovered that there truly is a confidence gap between men and women. Generally, men are more self-assured than women, and women are more likely to believe that they got lucky and aren't as capable as they really are. Kay and Shipman also found, however, that this gap between the sexes can be closed because confidence is something that can be acquired by either men or women. Good news, right? But also a somewhat daunting task. It's hard to know where to even start. Try these seven steps to make next year your most confident year yet.