By Stephen Pierce
Self-confidence is extremely valuable. Because I believe in myself, I can show others how to have faith in what they can accomplish. I see my dreams realized because I have the self-confidence to pursue them without giving up.
I avoid surrendering my dreams. Even if I feel sad or afraid, I know that those emotions are only temporary. I can do anything I put my mind to. Belief in myself helps me to move forward in life.
By showing others that they can be self-assured and brave, I learn a great deal.
When I help others, I help myself.
My confidence grows when I see others succeed after I have helped them.
Their success becomes my success.
Each day I look for ways to grow and develop.
I find ways to gain more self-confidence.
By keeping a positive attitude, I am better able to see my aspirations and hopes realized.
I move closer to the dreams I have in my heart. I avoid giving up.
I realize I can do anything if it is truly important to me.
As I build my own self-confidence, I am able to do more of what I want to do. My life changes in positive ways because I see it as a work in progress. The more I increase my self-esteem, the more joy and peace I bring to those around me.
Today, I strengthen my self-confidence and also help others find theirs.
What can I do to feel more confident?
How can I help others to have more confidence?
How can I use my own self-esteem to improve the lives of others?
Now let me give you some specifics you can follow to help you with your self-confidence. So here are…
7 Tips to Strengthen Your Self-Confidence
When you believe in yourself and you’re sure that you’ll succeed at something, you have self-confidence. Throughout life, your level of self-confidence might fluctuate when you’re faced with challenging situations.
However, you have the power to build your self-confidence.
Although parents can encourage young children to believe in themselves, as an adult, only you hold the keys to strengthening your own confidence.
If you find that you’re feeling less self-assured than you’d like, you can step up and take action to shore yourself back up. Review the following strategies to find inspiration.
Take personal responsibility to build your self-confidence using these methods:
1. Select a mentor.
If you want to believe in yourself, seek someone who you think exhibits great self-confidence. Consider this person to be your model of self-confidence. When selecting a mentor, ask yourself:
Does he stand straight and strong?
Is he relaxed and open to others?
In addition to these traits, maybe he has a good sense of humor and looks people straight in the eye when he speaks to them. Or perhaps he models other characteristics you admire. Having someone to emulate is incredibly inspiring. Modeling after your mentor enhances your self-confidence.
2. Identify what you’re doing right in your life.
Sure, you know your shortcomings, but what about all those things you do well? Everyone excels at some tasks or activities. Seek out what those things are for you.
Make a list of what you believe you’re good at.
Consider this: no one in the world has the same unique qualities and strengths that you do in the way that you do.
What are you doing right? If you know the answer to this, your self-confidence will bloom.
3. Pretend you’re self-confident.
You can most likely identify times and situations in your history when you didn’t feel particularly positive. Think about how you handled some of them.
On your good days, you put your chin up and plowed forward into the situation at hand. You pretended you believed you could do it. And chances are, you did!
Going forward, on the days you feel the least self-confident, think of your mentor and pretend that you’re confident like he or she is.
Believe in yourself. Have faith that you’ll make it through.
4. Make a list of your strong points.
What character traits do you have to offer that are of great benefit to you or others?
Are you patient, kind or caring? Identify personality characteristics that you’re proud of. Ponder your strong points. Knowing yourself will enhance your self-confidence.
5. In your daily life, notice when you do something well.
Perhaps you just cleaned up your car and it looks awesome. Maybe you completed a report and it’s the best you’ve ever written.
Recognize each day the times when you excel. Perhaps you helped your child through a difficult time or you made a great chocolate cake.
Little efforts add up to build your self-confidence.
6. Celebrate your progress.
Take notice of your good fortune.
When you’ve met or surpassed your goals, celebrate! Rejoice in your own successes. Congratulate yourself as you build the self-confidence you seek.
7. Choose optimism as a daily approach to everything.
Strive to be positive in life’s journey.
When you make the decision to find the best in whatever life brings you, your self-confidence will soar.
Strengthening your self-confidence is within your reach.
Choosing a mentor, knowing your strong points, and celebrating the attainment of your goals are just a few of strategies that build your self-confidence. Promise yourself today that you’ll strive to strengthen your belief in yourself.
You have a legitimate right to live your life with great self-esteem.
> Source: Stephen Pierce Inc Facebook page note: Momentum Maker for 06/06.
[Photo of Will Smith, from the article Building self-confidence: Morty Lefkoe on changing limiting beliefs. Will Smith admits, “I still doubt myself every single day. What people believe is my self-confidence is actually my reaction to fear.”]
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