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There are many of us out there who struggle with self confidence. Everyone can and does occasionally suffer from a bout of self-doubt. But, there is good news. You can build your self-confidence like a skill by establishing some useful new habits and shedding some old damaging ones. The key with these tips is to use them consistently. With practice you will soon feel good about yourself and who you are. Having a confident self-assured presence will make you more attractive in romantic relationships, improve your performance at work and keep you marching forward through life’s challenges.
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Measuring someone else’s outsides to your insides can be incredibly damaging to your self esteem. We are all guilty of it. It is easy to do with Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. But, we never really know what is going on with another. We all have our own issues and insecurities. Things are not always as they seem and things do not happen for everyone along the same timeline. Start focusing on yourself. What your strengths and, yes, what your weaknesses are. Are their things about yourself that you don’t like? Work on them. Having the courage to address those things you are not especially fond of will give you a jolt of pride and self-love.
Our body language has a big effect not only on the impression we make on others, what we communicate, but also on our minds. Stand with your back straight. Try the balloon method: imagine a balloon on a string extending from the crown of your head, pulling you up towards the sky. This will elongate your spine. Press your shoulder blades down and together at the back, opening your chest. Keep your chin up, maintain eye contact and smile. Remember, when you smile, the whole world smiles with you.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
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Be careful of who you surround you with. Watch out for negative Nancys and Debbie downers. There may be people in your circle who sabotage your self esteem. Observe how you feel in the company of others. Spend less time with those who have a negative impact on your sense of self and more time with those who build you up. Challenge yourself to make new friends and assume that people like you.
Define What You Do and What You Don’t Like For Yourself
Explore who you are and what makes you tick. Try new food, discover which type of music lifts your soul and makes you want to dance, letting go of popular opinion. Make time to pursue your interests. Travel to places that intrigue you. Decorate your space your way and express yourself with your wardrobe. Is Geek Chic your thing or are you over being a hipster? Are you the kind of person who likes to wander through an art gallery or do you really love playing sports? Get out there and investigate. You will feel more secure when you know yourself and are true to your spirit.
Get Fit and Eat Well
Working out is a great way to improve your self confidence. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that make you feel great and when you are finished you feel a sense of accomplishment. Loving your body helps you to love yourself.
The old adage that you are what you eat is very true. Part of feeling good about yourself involves treating yourself well. Getting adequate sleep, exercise and eating a healthy diet. When you treat your body with respect you treat yourself with respect and self-love grows.
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Hans F. Hansen said “Arrogance is used by the weak, while kindness is used by the strong”. Remember that having self confidence is ultimately about humility. It is about not thinking you are worse than you really are but about being honest about your strengths and your weaknesses and loving yourself unconditionally. Those who accept themselves have no need to put down others or to be rude. They are kind to themselves and others.
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