Self confidence is crucial for achieving success in life. If you’re not feeling so good about yourself, here are six simple actions you can take to increase your self confidence.

Find your good points

Make a list of 25 things you’re good at. Don’t stop until you hit 25, which will force you to really take a candle to every corner of your being as you search for your good points. Put the list somewhere visible where you can review it frequently, such as your fridge, a bulletin board, or on a computer sticky notes pad.

Stop Having Negative Thoughts

It’s natural to think about all the what ifs in life, but it’s also easy to go overboard. If you’re able to, anytime you find yourself thinking negative thoughts about yourself, others, or the potential outcome of your actions, stop. If you can’t stop, then start thinking about positive things. Envision something you want or a goal you’d like to reach in as much detail as possible. The more positivity you put into your heart and mind, the more the negativity will spill out.

Be Grateful

Gratitude is the amazing foundation of a happy life. Start listing things you’re grateful for every day, and even try to find silver linings in the cloud. The positivity and happiness you build up from your thankfulness will contagiously spread to other areas of your life, including how you perceive yourself.

Dress the Part

Stand, walk and sit with good posture. Make sure you’re clean and well groomed every day, and wearing respectable clothing. Dressing the part is not superficial or false. In fact, it’s an excellent and very easy way to build self confidence. If you feel that you look respectable, you’ll find it easier to accept respect from the people around you.

Accept Compliments

Whenever people give you compliments, accept and appreciate them. Don’t bat them away with a false sense of humility or shyness, or attempt to reciprocate just to be nice. Smile, say thank you, and appreciate that they’ve complimented you on something that is true about you.

Start Doing Stuff

Have you always wanted to learn how to play guitar, or paint like a French Impressionist? Stop putting off your goals, and start completing them. Completing them will give you a sense of fulfillment and pride, and build up the momentum to start being successful in other areas of life as well. It’s best to focus on one major goal at a time, so you don’t get distracted and drop all of them.

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