Six Things You Can Do to Boost Your Self Confidence

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

Emmanuel Segui writes an internet newsletter.  Often he focuses on self confidence.  Lat week, in one of his newsletters, he provided some great tips for boosting your self confidence.  I liked the article so much, I am posting an edited version of it here… 

Learning a few tricks to quickly boost your self confidence will have a bounce in your step and your head in the clouds in no time!

Find a physical activity you enjoy doing. Whether it is jogging, aerobics, or yoga, exercise is a sure-fire way to boost your self confidence.  If you are starting to feel low, take 15 minutes out of your day to exercise your worries away.

In addition to producing endorphins that raise your spirits, you will have lessened your chances for disease, heart attack, and stroke in one fell swoop.  If that capability is not enough to boost your self confidence, then think about the physical effects of exercise.  Even a brief amount of exercise is enough to trim and shape up your body.  The old saying, when you look good, you feel good is in full effect.

Take a second to be silly whether you need a hearty belly laugh. A second is enough time to feel good about yourself again.  Many websites will send jokes to your inbox on a daily or weekly basis.  Sign up for this free service and open the e-mail when you are feeling low.  There is nothing like a good laugh to remind yourself what a great person you are.

Put on your favorite song and dance like there is no tomorrow. In addition to easing your stress, your self confidence will shoot through the roof as the music brings back favorite memories.

Allow yourself a luxury. Remind yourself you are important and worthy of the world on a silver platter.  When things are not going your way and you begin to question yourself, take time to reward yourself.  Whether it is a chocolate kiss or a pat on the back, your spirits — and self confidence — will be lifted.

Write down the goals that you have achieved and look back at them when you are feeling low. Maybe you were the first person to graduate from college in your family.  Perhaps you just closed on a fantastic house.  Maybe you made president of your organization. Whatever your accomplishment, allow yourself a minute to remind yourself of your worth.  Write yourself notes that congratulate you on handling a situation or completing a goal.

Learn from your mistakes.  As the old adage goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Acknowledge where you made your mistake and forgive yourself. That constant nagging guilt will ruin your self confidence.  Make the necessary means to rid the guilt, learn from your actions, and move on. Think of mistakes as happy accidents or learning experiences.

Mr. Segui makes some great common sense points about doing small things that can pay big results when it comes to building your self confidence. Here’s a quick recap:

  • Exercise.
  • Laugh.
  • Listen and dance to music you love.
  • Allow yourself a luxury.
  • Actively celebrate the goals you’ve set and accomplished.
  • Learn from your mistakes.

I think these six tips are great advice for building your self confidence.  Put them into play and watch your confidence soar.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for reading.  Log on to my website to subscribe to my monthly ezine and 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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