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  • Writer's pictureHeidi Deanne Coaching

8 hobbies that build self-confidence

Are you feeling a bit down on yourself lately? Maybe you're looking for something to give you a boost of self-confidence. Well, have no fear because I have compiled a list of eight hobbies that can do just that!


Whether it's salsa, hip hop, or ballroom, dancing can make you feel confident in your body and abilities. Plus, it's a great workout that will make you feel strong and energized. As the great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once."

Painting or drawing

Creating art can be a meditative and confidence-building experience. You get to express yourself in a way that is entirely unique to you, and even if you don't consider yourself a "good" artist, the act of creating something from nothing can be incredibly empowering. As Bob Ross famously said, "We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents."

Playing a musical instrument

Learning to play an instrument requires patience and dedication, but the rewards are immense. Not only will you be able to play beautiful music, but the process of learning can help you develop discipline and self-confidence in your abilities. As the great violinist Jascha Heifetz once said, "If I don't practice for one day, I know it. If I don't practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don't practice for three days, the public knows it."

Rock climbing

This may not be for the faint of heart, but the adrenaline rush of rock climbing can make you feel like you can conquer anything. Plus, the physical challenge of climbing can help you build strength and confidence in your body. As the famous rock climber Lynn Hill once said, "The best climber in the world is the one who's having the most fun."

Public speaking

Okay, this one might be a little intimidating, but hear me out. Taking a public speaking class or joining a Toastmasters group can help you develop confidence in your communication skills. Learning to speak in front of a group can translate to confidence in other areas of your life as well. As the great orator Winston Churchill once said, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."


Spending time outside in nature can be incredibly calming and confidence-boosting. Gardening can also give you a sense of accomplishment as you watch your plants grow and thrive under your care. Plus, you'll have fresh produce or beautiful flowers to show for it. As the famous gardener and writer Gertrude Jekyll once said, "The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."

Martial arts

Learning a martial art can help you build confidence in your physical abilities and self-defense skills. It can also help you develop discipline and mental toughness. As the famous martial artist Bruce Lee once said, "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."


Whether it's journaling, creative writing, or blogging, putting your thoughts and ideas down on paper can be incredibly cathartic and confidence-building. Writing can help you process your emotions and experiences, and seeing your words on the page can be a tangible reminder of your abilities. As the famous writer Ernest Hemingway once said, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

So, there you have it, eight hobbies that can help build your self-confidence. Give one or more of them a try, and who knows, you may just surprise yourself with how capable and confident you are.


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