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Develop Inner Confidence

Instead of viewing self-confidence as something that is developed exclusively from the inside, here are some tips that can help anyone connect with the outside world and so enhance inner feelings of confidence.

One of the foundations in self-confidence building is to recognize that care needs to be taken of all aspects of the self - body, mind and spirit.

Eating properly and exercising on a regular basis not only increases our level of physical fitness and health, it also alters our brain chemistry, releasing powerful 'feel good' neurotransmitters. Feeling good within ourselves is key to self-confidence.

Be sure to plan ahead when it comes to meals. If you have to, carry a prepared meal with you - never allow yourself to substitute a candy bar or bag of potato chips for a proper meal.

Follow basic grooming rules, shower, wash your hair, wear clean clothes and occasionally treat yourself to something that makes you feel special. It doesn't have to be expensive. Perhaps you can book a massage or buy a new book, phone app or scarf. Stick a note on your mirror that says 'You look great!' With a positive feel good self-image, you start to believe in yourself.

Establish a regular exercise regime and sharpen your brain by reading, writing, or with online games. Spending time on yourself is respecting yourself - and self-respect and self-confidence really do go hand in hand.

There's no point in sitting at home reflecting. Go out to a coffee shop and start writing a journal about your perceptions of the things around you. Define your values and be prepared to discuss your principles. Practice by sharing with a friend. Why not commence by saying: 'I believe in... '?

As feedback from the outside world helps you define what is important to you, start building a plan to become successful in doing that thing.

It doesn't matter what it is, but anyone can become an expert at any task, with simple tenacity, preparation, and consistent practice. See any setbacks and challenges as part of the learning process, teaching aids in your journey into true self-confidence.

A key to self-confidence is preparation.

So prepare yourself, go online and find a free course, join a meet-up of like-minded people and read these confidence building tips. If you're too shy to talk in front of others then work with a therapist, or join Toastmasters International. You'll find all the help you need, but you need to reach out and ask for it.

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