Boosting Your Self Confidence

Today is Monday, so this post is on self confidence.

In researching material for today’s post, I came across an on line article on how to boost your self confidence quickly and easily by Tim Ryan, a positive thinking expert.  I’ve put my spin on his ideas and am posting them here.

Six Ways to Boost Your Self Confidence Quickly and Easily

  1. No matter how you feel at this very moment, picture yourself in the situation in which you want to be.  Imagine how it feels to be in that situation and hold those thoughts as long as you can.
  2. Deliberately and consciously let go of negative thoughts as soon as you become aware of them.  Substitute positive thoughts.  One way to do this, is to keep a photo that creates a positive emotion with you – a holiday snapshot, your wedding photo, whatever.  This photo will help you flick your emotion switch, and help you let go of negative thoughts.
  3. When you’re dealing with a problem, concentrate on the positive qualities you possess that can help you overcome it.  This will help keep you form focusing on the negative aspects of the problem and move you towards a positive resolution of the problem – which will help your self confidence.
  4. Don’t give a problem or a set back any more credit than it deserves.  Keep problems in perspective.  Most of them aren’t as catastrophic as they seem at first. 
  5. Develop a set of positive affirmations that you can use when you are feeling low or unconfident.  When you repeat these positive affirmations you will begin to change negative thoughts into positive one.  My favorite affirmation is “I’m smart, organized and motivated.  I can do whatever I really want to do.”
  6. Assess your individual skills and abilities.  Then raise your estimation by 15% — as the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts.  I really like this one.  It’s true; the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts.  Thinking this way can really boost your self confidence.

The common sense point here is simple.  You can build your level of self confidence by putting these six points to work.  Remember, the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts.  You have more skills and abilities than you initially think.  Focus on the whole, not the parts and you’ll become a more self confident person.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for reading.  Log on to my website for more common sense.  Check out my other blog: for common sense advice on leading people and running a small business.

I’ll see you around the web, and at Alex’s Lemonade Stand.


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