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Building Confidence and Self-Respect

Some people seem to have just been born with a natural confidence, while others struggle their whole lives just to develop a healthy level of self-esteem. Most of us fall into the latter category unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do to improve ourselves in that area. Getting into the habit of following a few basic practices can make a huge difference in how we feel about ourselves.

Just making an effort to be more aware of our everyday thoughts and how they affect they way we feel is a major step toward making a positive change. It’s normal and quite common to fall into a cycle of self-criticism as our day unfolds. Especially if you’re the perfectionist type, this type of thinking can really get you down. When things go wrong we tend to blame ourselves and analyze our actions to figure out where we went wrong. Instead of placing such strict standards on ourselves, it’s important to allow ourselves to make mistakes and even forgive ourselves for the things we regret doing. These mistakes are essential for learning and growing from in order to become a better person. Remind yourself of that everytime you catch yourself falling into a pattern of overly critical thoughts.

Tell yourself that messing up is an issue of ratio.  The more you do, the more you’re likely to make mistakes.  According to this logic, the more mistakes the better.   You’re living life to the fullest and learning in the process.

Another good habit is to set aside time each day to direct positive, warm feelings toward yourself. Even just a minute or two of kind, supportive thoughts directed toward yourself can make a difference. Our lives can be stressful and hectic, so setting aside time can be a challenge. But the changes you feel as a result are well worth it. Taking time to spend time with people you love and doing things that make you feel good about yourself are also good practices that every person, no matter how busy they are, can take a moment to develop.

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