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Confidence means feeling sure of yourself and your abilities — not in an arrogant way, but in a realistic, secure way. Confidence isn’t about feeling superior to others. It’s a quiet inner knowledge that you’re capable.
Confidence helps us feel ready for life’s experiences. When we’re confident, we’re more likely to move forward with people and opportunities — not back away from them. And if things don’t work out at first, confidence helps us try again.
It’s the opposite when confidence is low. People who are low on confidence might be less likely to try new things or reach out to new people. If they fail at something the first time, they might be less likely to try again. A lack of confidence can hold people back from reaching their full potential.
Has someone told you that you’re smart? Funny? Kind? Artistic? A good student? A good writer? A good athlete?
When people praise us or recognize our skills and capabilities, it can boost our confidence — as long as we believe these good things, too. If you’ve ever doubted the good things people say about you, that’s the opposite of self-confidence.
To feel truly confident, you need to really believe you are capable. The best way to get that belief is through using your skills and talents — by learning and practicing.
Confidence helps us move forward to discover and develop our capabilities. When we see what we’re capable of and take pride in our achievements, confidence gets even stronger.
Everyone can work to gain more confidence. Here are a few tips to try:
It takes courage and confidence to be real. But the more real we are, the more self-confident we become. Confidence builds self-esteem.
Confidence levels go up and down for all of us, even the most confident-seeming people.
If something shakes your confidence, show yourself some understanding. Don’t criticize yourself. Learn from what happened, think what you could have done differently, and remember it for next time. Talk about what happened with someone who cares. Then remind yourself of your strengths and the things you’ve achieved. Get back in the game!
Shyness is extremely common, especially among teens. But lots of mild to moderate shyness melts away with practice and familiarity, making social situations easier and easier to handle each time.
Choosing your mood means being in control of it instead of feeling like it’s controlling you. Here are tips on how to create the right mood to help you succeed at what you’re trying to do.
Optimists see the good in things — and science has discovered that optimists can do better in life. The good news is, even pessimists can be more optimistic. Find out how.
We all have problems with self-esteem at certain times in our lives. Here are some tips that might help.
Assertiveness is the ability to speak up for yourself in a way that is honest and respectful. But it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Find out if you’re too passive, too aggressive, or just assertive enough.
Just as IQ is a way of being academically smart, emotional intelligence (EQ) is a way of being people-smart. But unlike IQ, we can work on improving our EQ. Here are some tips.
Emotions help us relate to other people, know what we want, and make choices. Even “negative” emotions are useful. Find out how to understand emotions and use them effectively.
You don’t have to be born confident: Confidence is something you can build. Not sure where to start? Try these exercises.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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