It lurks in the shadows of your mind and rears its ugly head at the most inopportune moments. It can overwhelm your psyche and become a self-fulfilling prophesy that inhibits your ability to live a purpose driven life. We are, of course, talking about self-confidence or a lack thereof.
Some people are born with self-confidence and have no difficulty staying positive. However, for most people, improving self-esteem and self-confidence takes a little effort. The good news is that it’s doable, especially if you work at it, fake it until you make it and prepare yourself by following these tips:
Acknowledge your success
Nobody gets through life without winning once in a while. A key component of developing self-confidence is to acknowledge these wins, and then building on them.
Be true to yourself
Conforming to what others expect or want might make you acceptable to them, but you’ll probably end up constantly second-guessing yourself because you’ll always be trying to please others. If you know who you are and what you value, you’ll be more self-confident in your decisions and actions.
Manage your mind
The next time you hear that little voice in your head saying negative things, make the conscious decision to flip the script. Replace the negative with the positive and chances are good you’ll have more wins to acknowledge and build upon.
Be your best
People feel better about themselves when they’re well-groomed, well-dressed and in good shape. So take care of yourself. Dress up, stay in shape and let the world see that you’re the type of person who takes pride in their actions.
It’s amazing how doing something nice for someone else makes you feel better about yourself. So get out there and help yourself by helping others.
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