How To Build Your Self Confidence

By Wilma W. Wilk

People who have self-confidence believe in themselves and feel that they are capable of achieving what they want in life, or dealing with any situation that they may have to face. They have an aura of self-confidence and self-assurance, which is apparent to others. People like to spend time with them; they feel comfortable and secure in their presence.In contrast, there are many people who are reasonably talented, but who lack self-confidence. These people are victims of the several myths that surround self-confidence.

Brian Tracy, in his remarkable self confidence program, The Science of Self-Confidence, outlines the importance of self confidence in every area of your life. The ability to achieve your goals relies heavily upon your belief in yourself. Whether you belief you can or whether you believe you can't, either way you will be right. What you believe and what you feel certain about is what you act upon - or what you fail to act upon.

We all need this sense of certainty in the things we attempt to do. Certainty makes us feel confident in our ability to deal with a situation. Without certainty we tend to hesitate as we are unfamiliar with what might happen. As human beings we ALL need a sense of certainty. If you lack that sense of certainty you will remain immobilized by your own lack of confidence.

Self-Confidence - like everything else - is a choice. You can CHOOSE to be more Self-Confident. At those times when you feel insecure, uncertain, or powerless, remind yourself that you're in charge and you can choose how you feel. You can choose to feel self-assured, certain, decisive, and positive. Here are seven ways to adopt an attitude of Self-Confidence:

To be a confident person, ACT like a confident person. Think of someone who appears to be brimming with confidence and BE like them.Ask yourself: "What can I do to feel more confident?" Choose one thing you can do today to increase your feelings of Self-Confidence and do it. Take the first step. "A journey of 1000 miles..."Look your best - even if you work at home, even if you're a stay-at-home mom, even if there doesn't appear to be any real reason to care about your appearance. It's a way to respect yourself and you'll be ready to answer the door when opportunity knocks.

Investing in a good self confidence program will proof to be priceless as the process of building self confidence is not that straight forward. Self confident people have this ability to 'switch on' their self confidence in every area of life, even if they haven't done something before or even if they feel fearful. Developing your self confidence has become an exact science. We now know exactly how the most confident people do and what they do to create that sense of certainty within themselves. This is not some quick fix or magic bullet strategy as some self confidence program might promise. It's a quality that you must cultivate within yourself. What will change immediately though is your perception of yourself and that is the vital element in developing your self confidence.

Here's an exercise to amp up your Self-Confidence in an even bigger way. Close your eyes and breathe deeply, relaxing your body to completely. As you relax and breathe slowly, summon up the FEELING of Self-Confidence from your core. Let this feeling flow throughout your body. Now imagine yourself in a situation where you want to feel supremely Self-Confident. Perhaps you see yourself making a presentation at work, submitting your manuscript to a publisher, or interacting with others at a social event. Visualize yourself feeling and behaving with ease and grace in this situation. Play the scene over and over again in your mind as you FEEL self-assured and empowered. Savor the joyful, powerful, fully alive feeling of Self-Confidence. As you open your eyes, set your intention to be able to summon up this wonderful state of Self-Confidence whenever you desire.As you know, Self-Confidence is an inside job. It's about trusting yourself, believing in yourself, knowing, loving and respecting yourself. If there's something you want to do, summon up your Self-Confidence, align your Energy and go for it. Self-Confidence: Don't leave home without it!

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