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September 21, 2012

Enhancing Self-Confidence

High self-confidence is a necessary component for being effective and productive. It contributes to your willingness to take on new assignments, ability to meet goals, and handle challenges with grace and skill. No one can give you self-confidence. You build it step-by-step with all of the positive things in your life and work.

  • Get into the habit of thinking positively and giving yourself credit for what you achieve. Pay attention to self-sabotaging thoughts, and detect and defeat them as soon as you become aware of them.
  • Acknowledge your accomplishments. When you do something well, celebrate it. Don’t wait for someone else to tell you how wonderful you are. Tell yourself!
  • Strive for consistency. You improve self-confidence when you act in ways consistent with your values. If you find yourself in a compromising or difficult situation, use your values as touchstones to help you make decisions that are right for you and consistent with your values. Acting with integrity enhances self-confidence.
  • Remember to take care of your physical self. Be active, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep and drink lots of water. When you feel good and look good, your self-confidence gets a boost.
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