Extra Confidence

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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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The confidence and the belief we have in ourselves can show in many ways – our behaviour, our mood and the way we carry ourselves.

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Those who lack self belief and self confidence will often find that certain areas of their lives will be affected. Relationships, career, lifestyle and state of mind can all take a negative impact unless some action is taken to improve these qualities.

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Self esteem and self confidence are thought to be made up of a number of things. These include: physical presence, social confidence, status confidence, peer independence, and stage presence. Your behaviour, your body language, how you react to different situations and how you speak can depict your confidence levels and the amount of belief you have in yourself. Confident people are typically more positive about themselves, whereas those who lack confidence often think negatively and could benefit from confidence coaching.

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Self worth or self esteem describe the way that you feel about yourself regardless of your looks, achievements, or other things you may feel confident in. It is closely associated with pride in your yourself and the amount of self-respect you have. If you have high self-esteem you are typically happy in your own skin and you have a good opinion of yourself.

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Self esteem relates to the way we compare ourselves with others. This can include a number of things such as whether we think we are as intelligent, attractive, lovable, successful or worthy as others.

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Here are some ways to help build your confidence;

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Change your body language. You can slowly start confidence building by changing your body language. This starts with your posture, eye contact and smiling. A simple smile with your shoulders back emanates confidence. Smiling will not only make others more comfortable around you, it can make you feel better too. Try to imagine a person who is smiling with good posture – this person looks self-confident.

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Be prepared. Whatever you are facing next, learn everything there is to know about the subject. If you are prepared and knowledgeable, you will be self confident.

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Sometimes life can get too much and makes it really difficult to keep up our self-belief. If this happens, sit down and make a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life, and a separate list of all the things you are proud of accomplishing (no matter how small). Once complete, put the lists up somewhere you will regularly see them. This will remind you what a great life you already lead – it can be especially powerful when your self confidence is waning.

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Self-belief is learnable. When you start to doubt yourself listen, for a moment, to that little negative inner voice. Tell yourself: “This is not my true voice!” Then start to challenge it and also to just plain ignore it.

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Remember, self esteem is how you think about yourself, the opinion you have of yourself…..Work on seeing the positives in yourself today.

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”Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
Stacey Charter

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