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 Building Self-Confidence

Preparing Yourself for Success! 

  • Think positively
  • I can do this.
  • I can do everything.
  • Don't show aggressive behavior.

Building Self-Confidence
Self-confidence is very important in almost every aspect of our lives.  Confident people inspire confidence in others: their audience, their peers, their bosses, their customers, and their friends.  And gaining the confidence of others is one of the key ways in which a self-confident person finds success.

What is Self-Confidence?

Two main things contribute to self-confidence:
1) self-efficacy
2) self-esteem

We gain a sense of self-efficacy when we see ourselves mastering skills and achieving goals that matter in those skill areas.  This is the confidence that, if we learn and work hard in a particular area, we'll succeed;

Self-esteem is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs about oneself, (for example, "I am competent", "I am worthy").  Self-esteem, is the positive or negative evaluations of the self, as in how we feel about it.

Here are easy suggestions to increasing your self-esteem in your life.

Know Your Weaknesses and Strengths!

It is important to know what you are good at. Taking a skills assessment test is a great way to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Once you realize your skill sets, the next step is to focus on those things that you are good at doing. A person can’ be good at everything so don’t take yourself too seriously.

Accept yourself!

You are unique in this world. It is important that you do not beat yourself up over the things that you have trouble doing. Instead of complaining about what your weaknesses, try to find ways to improve your life. Take a class at a local community college to learn a new skill. Accept yourself for who you are.

Remember Your Successes!

Many people downplay their successes and focus on those things they struggle with. This is a mistake. Always remind yourself of your past accomplishments no matter how small they may be. Do not downplay the positive parts of your life. Stop focusing on the negative parts of your life and instead concentrate on your past achievements.

Read Positive Affirmations!

It is important that you read affirmations that make you feel confident. Read a self-help book and then write down all of the things that motivate you. Read something positive on a daily basis and reflect on what you can do to improve your situation. Don’t focus on the things that make you feel anxious and fearful.

Think About Your Future!

Take time to think about what you really want out of life. Do not live your life for others. Spend a lot of time and energy thinking through what you really want in life and decide what is you really want to achieve. Once you determine what you want to accomplish, then write it down and use it as motivation.

Create Goals!

Set achievable goals on a regular basis and then take small steps to accomplish them. Make sure your goals are measurable and monitor your progress. Don’t get upset if you don’t accomplish all of your goals. You can always change your goals so that you can be more successful.

Talk To Others!

It is important that you talk to other successful people in order to get a better perspective of your life. Listening to other people’s challenges and accomplishments can go a long way in feeling better about yourself. You can also learn how to find ways to overcome your obstacles in your life.

Be Persistent!

Do not give up in achieving your goals in your life. Learn from your mistakes and try to improve on your situation. Do not make excuses on why you should quit or give up. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to be successful. The key is to keep at it until you get what you want.

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Article by: psychologist Sadia Javaid

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