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Thursday, October 2, 2014

How To Regain Your Self Confidence

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How To Regain Your Self Confidence

A lack of confidence can really bring you down. It interferes with your ability to enjoy your life. Read the tips below to learn how to regain your confidence.

If you've lost confidence in yourself, don't worry. As you'll soon see, you can easily learn how to get your confidence back.

But before you start doing that, it's helpful to understand why you lost self confidence in the first place, so that it doesn't happen again.

A grand failure, a series of mistakes, or a problem that leaves you stumped can really shake your confidence.

If you’ve experienced a major life failure, as most of us have, the memory of the experience likely still stings. And perhaps your self-confidence has never fully recovered from the blow.

Here's how you can regain your self confidence.

Face your fears

Start by taking small and manageable steps to stretch yourself, to try again. Use what you learned from your previous failure to help you get over it, and then get back in the saddle again and take a few steps forward. Try to get out of your comfort zone: accept your fear as a natural consequence of failure, but don’t allow it to control you.

Physical exercise will help

Exercising can be the total antidote for loss of confidence. If you dislike sports, then start by jogging or - if this sounds too tiring - at least start walking! Just go out and walk as fast as you can for 1 hour. Or ride a bike if it's safe. Just get your heart rate up and your breathing up for 1 hour. It will clear your head and it will break the chain of negative thoughts stuck in your head.

Don't be afraid to share your problems

It's better to talk to your friends or family about what bothers you rather than staying alone. Being with others keeps us from wallowing. Our associations feed our perspectives, distract us from our worries, and keep us moving. Avoiding interactions adds to the isolation that often comes when our self-confidence is low.

Find and recognize your potential.

It's easy to pick at your faults and flaws, but this time, try picking at your merits and abilities instead. Don't worry about what people would think if they knew you were trying to feel good about yourself. List out and embrace everything you're proud of about yourself. It can help to actually sit down and write out a list as things come to you. You'll be surprised by how many things you there are that you should be proud of!

Don't be afraid to risk

You already know that some things are out of your control. Accept that the world around you is a big and uncertain place by taking a chance on something new. You'll be surprised by how often you succeed when you're proactive. Even if you fail, you'll be able to see that your life continues on anyway. Start a conversation with someone on the bus, submit a photo or story for publication, go bungee jumping, just choose something that puts you a bit outside of your comfort zone. You'll eventually feel better.

Surround yourself with supportive, positive people

Having friends and colleagues is one of the joys of life. If you have been used to going into an office full of people everyday, and that is not happening now, it's going to hurt you. So get out of the house and go meet some positive people. This will cheer you up too.

Believe in yourself.

The one person you truly need to believe in you is you. Now that you have listed your capabilities, start believing in them. Self-confidence starts from within. Once you trust in yourself and what you can accomplish, others around you will follow. In order for you to regain confidence you must believe that you will be able to accomplish your goals. Assure yourself that it IS possible. You can achieve your goals, and regain confidence. It may take some time, work, making mistakes, and ignoring the critics; but confidence is possible through belief in you.

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