Saturday, February 21, 2009

5 Tips For Building Self Confidence

Almost everyone wants to build more self confidence. Self confidence is like a bank account, you need to make regular deposits into it to keep it growing. Here are 5 great tips that you can start using immediately; I know they work because they have worked for me over the years.

1. Focus on your strengths. Self confidence means freedom from self-doubt. People who have a lot of self confidence focus on what their strengths are, not on what they can't do. Everyone has weaknesses, but the difference is the not everyone dwells on them. Make a list of your strengths today and focus on things you do well.

2. Set goals. Having achievable goals is a quick way to become more self confident. Having goals gives you a sense of purpose and by achieving those goals over time you will gain self confidence. If you don't have written goals, start today. There are many great programs on goal setting available in bookstores or available online.

3. Smile. It is a fact that you can't feel depressed when you are smiling. In fact in one study done a group of people who were depressed were told to smile in a mirror for only a few minutes a day. The results were amazing. Most of the people improved how they felt.

4. Change your posture. Picture in your mind someone who looks depressed. That pictures likely shows someone who has hunched over shoulders and a sad expression on their face. Now picture someone who has a high level of self confidence. That picture probably shows someone sitting straight up and a bright smile on their face. Just by changing your posture you can improve your emotional state.

5. Be Grateful. Being in a state of gratefulness is another way to build self-confidence. Everyone, no matter how bad their situation can find something to be grateful for in their lives. By being grateful and focusing on the good things in your life you can improve your outlook. Spend some time every morning when you wake up being grateful for what you have, and your whole day will go better.

As you can see building self confidence comes down to your mind and how you think. Having all the self confidence you want is within you right now, if you just change the way you think. Start today and use at least one of these tips and you will see and feel a difference in your life.

By Nickolas Carroll

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