Three ways to build your self-confidence

SELF-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle to find it.

Your level of self-confidence can show in many ways: your behaviour, your body language, how you speak and what you say.

Do you have full trust and belief in your own abilities or do you hesitate and shy away from showing off your unique talents?

Do you spend more time worrying about what others will think instead of doing what you believe is right?

Confidence and self-esteem often go hand in hand.

So here are three simple, yet life-changing daily practices to build your confidence and contribute to a healthy self-image.

1. Think about five things you've already accomplished in life and how great you felt after achieving them.

Write them down if necessary to really look at and take in what they represent for you.

Pay attention to what you learnt from these experiences.

When the going gets tough, remind yourself where you've been and what you've already overcome.

You can get through the next challenge stronger, wiser and more capable.

2. Look in the mirror and name out loud five things you admire most about yourself.

For many people this may be challenging. At first you may feel silly or uncomfortable, but it will become easier each time.

Every time you look in the mirror, you will be aware of the previous list and as you look for new things, you gradually expand and change your self-perception.

If this is difficult for you then it's even more important that you do it.

3. Write down five things you are currently grateful for. Look around you for inspiration.

Use the term, "I am grateful for". Switch focus from negativity and give your mind a positive lift.

Look for new blessings every day. Engage in experiencing the positive feelings that arise while you're doing this.

Connect with Viki via www.mindbodyfood.net.

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