If you continue to think little of yourself, the chances are that you need to build your confidence as confidence will improve your chances of success greatly. Instead of using drugs or alcohol to build your confidence, you should think of all of your best qualities that you can use to achieve true success. Once you try and success with each accomplishment, your confidence will grow and you will feel a sense of empowerment that you can do anything you set your mind to.

In order to build your confidence, you should turn your negative thoughts into positive ones. Instead of thoughts like “Everyone will laugh at me” or “What is the use in trying when others are better?,” change your thoughts to “I am going to try” or “People will listen to me.” Think those thoughts a few times a day. Surround yourself by people who believe in you and will give you helpful pieces of advice instead of people who will bring you down thinking they know what is best for you. By having one person say to you “I believe in you,” you will start to believe it too. Write down all of your best skills whether you are creative or excel in numbers and figures. Do not just think of your skills but also what you like about your personality like your compassion, sense of humor, listening skills, and how you cope with stress.

To be confident involves the way you look at yourself. Using facial feedback theory, if you smile at yourself in the mirror, you will feel happier and more confident. Instead of running away from your fears, confront them so that you are not afraid anymore. For example, if you are afraid of speaking to a room full of people, try it anyway and you will see that your fear is all in your head and that you have nothing to worry about. Be patient in that your goals are not going to be accomplished overnight. Know that all of the most successful people in the world had their struggles and did not get to where they wanted to go when they wanted. Most importantly, stop comparing yourself to other people as there will always be someone out there better than you. Just focus on your own journey and be confident that you will one day get to where you want to go.

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