Avoid Negative Self-TalkDo you feel like you’re full of negative qualities rather than positive ones? This is your own negativity speaking. Make it a practice to look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself how amazing you are. Each day, write down five things you love about yourself or things other people have complimented you on. Start focusing on these positive qualities rather than any perceived negative ones. It’s important to remember that everyone has some negativities, but focusing on the positives is paramount.
Develop a Sense of GratitudeGratitude goes a long way and its benefits shouldn’t be underplayed. Think of all the good things you have in life and all the good people you are surrounded with and then make a gratitude list. Whether it’s been that co-worker who got you a cupcake, or the mechanic who smiled at you after completing your work; be thankful for all those experiences that made you feel good.
Fake It Until You Make ItPeople can sense an insecure person when they see one, which could just add to the person’s insecurities. Even if you do not feel secure or confident, build your body language in such a way that you come across as confident. Don’t slump and avoid crossing your hands in front of your chest. Instead, be open and approachable, have a smile on your face at all times, and talk confidently. The way you carry yourself will go a long way towards making yourself feel good.
Let Go of The PastMany times, our lack of self-worth comes from an experience that’s mentally traumatised us, which is why it is so important to confront and make peace with it. Your past is your past – you can’t change it. What you can do is accept you made a mistake, forgive yourself for it and move on. Just doing this will give you a surge of confidence and happiness.
Surround Yourself with Positive PeopleNegative people are bound to bring you down with them. If you have a friend or co-worker who’s always putting you down, it’s bound to rub off on you. Avoid spending too much time with such people and, instead, make friends with positive people who raise you up along with them.
Welcome Bad Times and Face Them Head OnIt’s a truly lucky person indeed who does not face any battles in his or her life. 99 percent of people, however, have their own war to fight and demons to slay. Accept that you will go through bad times and don’t blame yourself for them – instead be proactive in finding solutions and overcoming them. The ‘why me, poor me’ attitude isn’t going to take you far. Rather, work on constructive solutions and pull yourself out of sticky situations. This will not only give you confidence but improve your own self-worth.
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