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New Ways To Build Your Self Confidence

May 26, 2008
Lack of self-confidence is the largest single factor that holds most people back in life, both in the professional as well as personal sphere. If you are seriously lacking self-confidence and self esteem, it usually means that you don't believe in yourself or your abilities and that you don't think your life can be what you want it to be and that you are simply stuck with whatever you are with at the present time. This type of self doubt and negative thinking limits us in all of our life pursuits; and over time, it can also lead to other serious problems such as depression and hostility. That's why it's so important to take the time to build self-confidence, both in ourselves and in our children.

If you succeed in building your self-confidence fairly early in life as a child or teen, you will most always benefit from it. That having been said, it's also never to late to start to build self-confidence and increase your self-esteem.

For some people, one of the best places to start is by taking a confidence course or workshop, or by going to therapy for a while to work on your personal confidence issues. In particular, if you think your problem stems from experiences you might have had when you were younger, and if these feel deep-seated and intractable, therapy might be the way to go to get you 'unstuck', so to speak. But for other people, there are some easy ways to build self-confidence that you may not have thought of before.

The first is considered easy - or at least, it can be: Try to have as much fun with what you do daily. If you are fully enjoying your work and leisure time activities, if they are really right for you, you are more than likely to feel confident and comfortable and these feelings are more likely to spill into your other endevours and daily life. Over time, the amount of success you have in all these activities (and it is much more likely that you will be successful if you are already enjoying what you do) will allow you to build a sense of self-confidence - after all, when you are receiving constructive and positive feedback from everyone and even from yourself, it is hard not to feel more confident and better about yourself. This effect may only be temporary, but if it happens more repeatedly, it will make an impression on your mind.

Second, be sure to pay close attention to all of your relationships. Do they make you feel good, generally speaking? If you are with someone that makes you feel smarter, better looking, and more fun than you usually feel, chances are that the relationship is helping you to build your self confidence and mental image. Unfortunately, for many of us, the opposite is true, and those relationships are the ones you are better off without.
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