Build confidence by setting achievable goals. Write a list of things you'd like in life and pick a few to work towards. Once you've reached these goals choose some more.
Think about what you want in life and write down some values
The key to making your values work for you is that you must make them your own. Once you know your values, live by them as much as you can.
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Say positive things about yourself out loud to cancel negative self-thoughts
The next time you catch yourself in a put down, say out loud 'I cancel that' and replace with a good thought.
Silence your inner critic
We all have one. Ask it to be specific - for example 'What, exactly, is frightening me about being a portrait painter?' And then, if necessary, ignore it - especially blanket judgments like 'You're a loser; you'll never be able to do that'. Nothing silences your inner critic more than action.
Make a list of your strong points
Write down positive things about yourself and things you are good at doing. Think of compliments you've received or things that come easily to you.
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Choose two things to work on
From your list choose two points that you want to develop. Success builds upon success and the better you become at things the more confidence you'll gain.
Ask for what you want
The old principle 'Ask and ye shall receive' is still alive and true today. If you truly desire something in your life, then go ahead and ask for it. A confident person is able to ask for whatever they want.
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Trust your choices
Confident people believe in their own ideas and follow through on them. If you continually seek approval from others you won't get far.
Don't take things personally
Taking negative remarks or events as a personal attack will dash your confidence. So stop believing the world is out to annoy or disappoint you.
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Focus on today
Step away from old memories, past relationships and hurts.
When we think negatively about ourselves, we often project that feeling onto others in the form of insults or gossip. Break this cycle by praising others.
Write a 30-60 second speech highlighting your strengths and goals. Then recite it in front of the mirror aloud whenever you need a confidence boost.
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Slumped shoulders and lethargic movements display a lack of self-confidence, so practise good posture. Stand up straight, keep your head up and make eye contact.
During group discussions many people never speak up because they're afraid of being judged. This fear isn't justified. People are much more accepting than we imagine.
Physical fitness has a huge effect on self-confidence. By working out you improve your physical appearance and energise yourself.
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Sit up front
In offices, public assemblies and classes all over the world, people strive to sit at the back of the room because they're afraid of being noticed. Sit in the front row and get over this fear.
Exude confidence even if you don't feel like it
Even if you are feeling a bit down, talk to yourself in an encouraging way. Try to stay away from negative thoughts and people as much as you can.
Take it in your stride
If you have a setback, don't let it get the best of you. Remember the times when you were self-confident and how good it felt and then try again.
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Communicate effectively with others
It's important to know how to express your feelings and thoughts clearly and directly. You can deal with different situations and make good decisions by learning how to communicate well.
No-one is more conscious of your appearance than you are. When you don't look good, it changes the way you carry yourself and interact with other people.
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There's no better way to change your energy than to turn up the volume on thankfulness.
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