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WAYS FOR IMPROVING SELF CONFIDENCE

Most people have some faith in themselves, but could use some improvement. It is important to work on having faith in yourself each day. Choose to believe in your own ability to face life. That may sound easier said than done, but every journey begins with a single step. If you lack self-worth, building it back up will take some time, but it can be done. Here are some suggestions to get started.

Fake it till you make it. Act as if you are a person full of self confidence and very often you start to be exactly that. Dress sharply, sit straight and walk tall. Look people in the eye. Pretend you have unlimited faith in yourself even when you’re quaking in your shoes. You’ll find that when you “fake it”, and later tell people how nervous you were, they often will say “I couldn’t tell. You didn’t appear nervous at all.”

Speak up. If you lack confidence, you may speak softly or not at all. You may worry that others will ridicule or reject you if they knew what you really thought or who you really are. This is a form of reacting to what you think people are thinking. In the end, does the opinion of other people matter all that much? Ask yourself this question: How much energy do you spend worrying about what strangers are thinking? As Peter T. Mcintyre said, “Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.”

Praise yourself. When you decide to improve your confidence, your tendency to be self-critical has to end. Look for what you do right each and every day. Don’t miss an excuse to lavish yourself with praise, even if all you can say is that you’ve been trying awfully hard.

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