Throughout your life, you will encounter successful people who seem to effortlessly draw positivity into their lives. They are happy in their career, their relationships, and most importantly, they are happy with themselves. If you would like to be one of these people rather than being a spectator, take a look at the list of positive personality traits to cultivate below.
Confidence is something that some people have and some people don’t. Those who have it get their way and those who don’t have a more difficult time getting what they want. Luckily, confidence is something that can be learned for those who don’t naturally have it. If you’re someone looking to become more confident, use some of the tips below.
In my view, living authentically means living a life fueled by the consistent goal of manifesting our values in everything we do. — Joshua Nash, LPC-S
Remove All Negativity From Your Life
Negativity is the enemy of confidence. When we have negative thoughts or feelings, they lower our self-esteem and make us feel as though we are not enough to accomplish our goals or overcome the boundaries in front of us. In order to become confident, you will first need to clear out all of the limiting beliefs that you have for yourself. Replace these beliefs with thoughts such as I am in love with me and I am strong enough to overcome my limits. These positive thoughts will boost your confidence levels and will carry you through difficult situations, which is what builds confidence.
Improve Upon Your Less-Than-Perfect Areas
Let’s face it, we all have parts of ourselves that we wish we could change. Some parts, such as our eye color or the way our hair parts, cannot be changed. Our personalities and the way that we present ourselves, however, can be changed. For example, you may have noticed that you have been rather rude to your friends and family lately. That is something that you are able to change with the right plans and determination. If you have these types of flaws, recognize them and change them to build your confidence.
You can be honest with the world, but as long as you are not honest with yourself, you are not being fair. — Jacqueline Pearce, MSEd, LMHC
Take Care of Yourself
In order to be confident, you are going to need to look and feel confident. That doesn’t mean you need to have a perfectly sculpted abdominal area or a $5,000 outfit. It means that you will need to start taking care of yourself so that you can begin to feel like a winner when you look in the mirror. Take time out of your day to exercise, groom yourself to the best of your ability, and dress to impress no matter where you are going. You’ll be surprised by how these type of things affect your confidence.
Set Small Goals for Yourself and Achieve Them
People who try to build their confidence by achieving larger-than-life goals are only setting themselves up for failure. What you need to do to build your confidence is to set small goals, that way you won’t experience failure in pursuit of them, which will only bring down your self-confidence. Some examples of small goals that you can set for yourself are going job hunting, tackling the mess in the garage, or smiling at every person that you meet throughout your day. Your goals will depend on what you are looking to achieve in life but the end goal of this exercise is always the same.
So, if you are experiencing sudden panic, feeling overwhelmed or unable to control your emotions, it could be possible that these feelings could be traced back to an unprocessed memory still needing to be sorted out into your long term bank. — Laura Palisin LPCC
Surround Yourself With People Who Build You Up
People who are beacons of negativity are just as bad as negative thoughts. They make an effort to tear you and everyone around them down constantly and they will not stop until you are completely broken. Instead of allowing these toxic people into your life, create a support group of positive people whose purpose in life is to help the world and build people up. These are the people you will turn to when things get rough and these are the people who will be the biggest support in your journey to becoming a more confident person.
We are told repeatedly that honesty is the most important of all ethics. However, what people tend to forget to teach us is the importance of self-honesty. — Jacqueline Pearce, MSEd, LMHC
Being honest with yourself is harder than it seems. There are plenty of reasons to be dishonest with yourself about your situation or your behavior. You may even be lying to yourself without knowing it because, from your perspective, you truly believe that your life is a certain way. However, it is important to be completely honest with yourself when you are attempting to improve yourself. Here is how you can begin to be honest with where you are in your life.
Research has shown that people who procrastinate typically make five cognitive distortions which promote procrastination. — John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
Every human being experiences some degree of procrastination at some point in their lives. Others also associate procrastination to laziness, but procrastination might sound harmless in relation to other issues. However, continuous use of this mechanism may hinder an individual in achieving his full potential and his goals. As the proverbial phrase goes, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” In order to overcome procrastination, one needs to be familiar with its many intricacies.
Practice makes perfect. We often hear this cliché day to day. However, a famous motivational speaker Les Brown believes that perfection in human pursuit is not possible. Only practice makes the improvement. A matter of making the best version of yourself better. Let us tackle self-improvement in the relation to our goals, priorities and human potentials. How do we wake up every day knowing that we have made a conscious and deliberate effort to improve ourselves? Continue reading “Taking Responsibility In One’s Self-Improvement”→
Fear is a big motivator, but it can also be a big reinforcement not to actually get much accomplished. — John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
Losing hope for the future is a terrible thing to experience. For any number of reasons, you can’t see the path that lies ahead and you believe that there is nothing left to look forward to in life, which can lead to depression, ill behaviors such as addiction, and suicidal ideation. Just because you can’t see it, however, doesn’t mean that there isn’t a future waiting for you. Here is what you should do when you see no future for yourself.
Self-punishment is so persistent because it is an all-purpose defense against the pain of life. And life is full of pain. — Danielle B. Grossman, MFT
Taking a depression test might be a good way to understand how you’re feeling. When you have done things in your life you aren’t proud of, you to want to make amends and fix you but that is often hard to do. The trouble is that people know they have to fix themselves in order to become a better person and start taking care of themselves once again but actually, taking action is hard. So, how can you fix you? Read on to find a few simple ways to fix you.
Understand What Is Wrong or What You Think Is Wrong With You
Why are you feeling bad, sad or upset with yourself? Have you wronged someone or has your behavior over the course of the last year or two just been unkind? Whatever you’re feeling, you need to know why. This is the first step in fixing the way you feel and hopefully can turn your life around. Remember, there are a hundred and one reasons why you hate yourself or why you think you need to fix you and it’s important to understand your feelings as a whole. Taking a depression test can help if you feel very down and are worried about depression. If you believe you have this, it’s important to know so that you can take steps to get through it and fix you.
People we love suffer and die and our life dreams do not always come true. — Danielle B. Grossman, MFT
Who honestly thinks seeing an online therapist would help solve their problems? For most, they dislike the idea of visiting a therapist as they think it’s a waste of time and energy. It’s not as crazy as you would think why people think this way; they really think therapists won’t give them the answers they need and tend to push their problems to the back of their mind. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to work because your wrong-doings will forever be in your life?
Why Not Consider Online Therapy?
It’s important to forgive yourself so that you can move on and be happy in your life but how to do just that? Well, it might be wise to consider seeing an online therapist. Now, therapy is a great idea simply because it can be a simple way to find out why you are angry or upset with yourself. It could be you accidentally said something to someone that you now regret or wronged them in another way. Whatever it is, you need to be able to forgive yourself and move on. With therapy, you can find a simpler outlet to your issues and find a better way to forgive yourself and move on with your life. Continue reading “Forgive Yourself… And Move On”→
Will online counseling really help you improve? In a sense, self-improvement is confusing because it seems so complex and yet it’s actually pretty simple! Being able to improve yourself can, in fact, make you a better person and it’s possible to even enjoy life slightly more. Looking at ways to improve who you are isn’t such a bad thing and it doesn’t have to be so over the top either. Read on to find just five self-improvement tips to get your life on the right tracks once again.