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Simple steps toward better self-confidence

Feeling good about yourself and your abilities, judgment, and accomplishments is important to your well-being. If you don’t feel this way, it may be time to work on boosting your self-confidence. Fortunately, it is something you can learn! Try these tips to help you feel more confident.

  • Focus on what you’re good at. Everyone has strengths in different areas. Whether it’s your wit, penmanship, athleticism, or your ability to hold a conversation—think about what you’re already good at and ways you can build upon these strengths.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. You are unique and wonderful just as you are.
  • Spend more time doing things that bring you joy. Maybe what gives you pleasure is gardening, painting, or cooking. Do these activities more often!
  • Aim for your personal best instead of perfection. Remember, nobody is perfect.
  • Set achievable goals. By setting goals that are within reach, you can create a clear roadmap for progress and growth. Each time you meet a goal, celebrate, then set your next goal by building from your success.
  • Use positive self-talk to boost your confidence. Switch your inner self-talk from “I can’t” or “I won’t” to “I can” and “I will.”
  • Live in the moment and appreciate the opportunities for growth around you. Tell yourself that life is not a competition, but provides opportunities at every moment to enjoy, learn, and grow.
  • Surround yourself with supportive people who value you for who you are. These should be people who will cheer you on, remind you of your true worth as an individual, and help you feel strong.
  • Focus on what you can control and take small steps toward progress. Direct your energy toward actions and decisions that are within your power to influence.
  • Exercise regularly to improve your mood and overall well-being. Any type of physical movement can play a part in building your self-esteem! That’s because exercise produces the feel-good brain hormones that lift your mood.

Following these tips can help you boost your self-confidence and feel better about yourself. However, if you still feel like you’re struggling with negative thoughts and emotions, it may be helpful to speak with a counselor for additional support.