Everyday Confidence Builders
There are a million and one things out there that can put a dent in your confidence. This slideshow is not one of them. In fact, Womensforum has put together five big confidence builders. Give them a try!
Seize the Moment
Find confidence in taking control. You might not be able to cure all of those everyday nuisances that make life inconvenient, but you can find ways to make living with them a little easier. Remember, it only takes 21 days to develop a habit, so if you start by doing something small, like packing your lunch for work the night before or taking the stairs instead of the escalator, it'll be easier to work up to making larger changes. Knowing that you have a solution that works will leave you feeling way more confident.
Learn Something New Every Day
It may sound cliche, but you really should learn something new every day. With every new piece of information, added skill or experience, we each gain a deeper understanding of the world and, in turn, move forward in unleashing our potential. Every time we use our newfound knowledge, we also gain confidence in our own abilities to navigate our life—in this regard, knowledge really is power. Learning more about the world allows us to be a broad-minded people and see life from other perspectives. It also helps us make better decisions and have the confidence that we know how to make good calls in all aspects of life.
Many people say that being charitable does more for the giver than those who receive the help. The truth is it's a great confidence builder to be able to do something good for others. On days when you feel low or things aren't going your way, make an effort to help someone else (perhaps a random act of kindness?) or even just go back to your memories of all the ways you have helped and continue to help others. Being useful carries with it an innate sense of confidence, and having the power to help others reminds you that you can indeed help yourself.
Sweat the Small Stuff
Sometimes taking an extra moment to focus on a small task is a good thing. Here's the key—focus on the task and finish it! Completing small chores offers a sense of accomplishment accompanied by a feeling of confidence. Being able to mark things off your to-do list makes you feel competent, successful and productive. Washing the dishes, mowing the lawn or getting the laundry washed and put away is worth taking the time and energy to finish the job. Tasks that seem simple can actually give you a great feeling of accomplishment.
Think about what makes you happy. It doesn't have to be big, it doesn't have to involve other people and it doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it's better if it isn't any of those things. Make a list of five simple things that put a smile on your face. Is it driving with the top down? Sneaking away to a midday movie? Having a decadent dessert, just because? Knowing that you can make yourself happy and being able to do it gives you the confidence that you control your happiness.
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