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You Can Become More Confident, Right Now

How Confident are you? Become More Confident! Do you envy the person at the party who walks in, glowing with positive self-regard, and who soon finds himself surrounded by fascinated, admiring fellow guests? Do you wish you were the person who takes a leadership role in the workplace and who is often given positions of greater responsibility by the bosses? Do you want to become the person who is rarely beset by self-doubt, self-criticism, or insecurities about your abilities? It’s all possible. You simply need to gain confidence. People aren’t born with confidence; it’s something that is learned. If you grew up receiving sufficient affirmation, validation, respect, encouragement and meaningful praise, you’d grow into a confident person. If, on the other hand, you were overtly or subtly criticized; if you were undermined, neglected, or told that feeling proud of yourself would give you a swelled head, you’d most likely grow up with a lack of confidence. You might even have a harsh “inner critic” that tells you that you’re “not good enough,” or that you “can’t do it.” The way to overcome these unfortunate consequences of a less-than-ideal childhood is to take responsibility today for developing a solid sense of self. There are two steps to building self-confidence: establishing belief in yourself and silencing the inner critic. These two steps are simple, if not easy. First, you must begin to believe in yourself. You need to start recognizing that you ARE smart; you CAN do it; you HAVE excellent skills and abilities. The only meaningful way to develop this belief in yourself is to do things, and see that you’re able to succeed. Of course, it doesn’t work if you set yourself up to fail by taking on challenges that are too much for you at the outset. If you...

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