Dec 28, 2008

Boost your confidence

Everybody struggle with insecurities at times and that’s normal. Here are some tips that will lift your confidence:

1. Focus on what you like about yourself. What qualities are you proud of? What do your friends complement you on? Write them up for yourself and remind yourself of your qualities every time you feel like you need a boost
2. Learn new skills. You can never be over trained or over skilled for any challenge in your life. Knowing that your good at several things will make you feel good about yourself.
3. Surround yourself with positive people. The relationships you have in your life reflect the relationship you have with yourself and this relationship can never change if you are surrounded by negative people who put you down the whole time. Find people who support and motivate you.
4. Look for a role model (someone who has self confidence) and learn from them. What makes them confident, how do they act?
5. Focus on your achievements rather than your failures. If you can’t stop thinking about your failures look at what went wrong and learn from your mistakes. Life isn’t about making the right decisions it’s about dealing with them.
6. Act as if you were self confident and you will be more confident. If you decide to be more confident, people will start to treat you differently and give you the assurance you need. They may also need some time adapt to the “new confident” you
7. Prepare yourself thoroughly for any task so that you can be sure you are ready.
8. Set reachable goals for yourself and break difficult tasks into smaller steps. Every time you reach one of your goals this will boost your confidence and motivate you to achieve more.
9. Other people can be a source of inspiration and you can learn from their example but don’t compare yourself with others. Everybody is unique and has their own strengths and weaknesses. Everybody has different needs and dreams and so do you. Be yourself and find out what makes you happy and what makes you feel good about yourself.
10. Stand up straight and smile!

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy
Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

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