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Last week we looked at how when we stop comparing, are more assertive, socialize more, seek to learn and build our experience we foster greater internal confidence. This week we continue to look at ways we can further develop our internal confidence.

 

Recognize your achievements

 

Whilst it’s never a good idea to be prideful, learn to recognize your achievements. This needn’t just be academic or tangible achievements but could also include the positive qualities you show to others – achievements which are just as valuable.

 

Write them down on a piece of paper and type them up to show you how far you’ve come whenever you are feeling run down or despondent.  You could even frame your ‘lifetime achievement award’, updating it annually, as a source of encouragement and motivation at times when you may be overwhelmed by how far you still need to go.

 

Remember confident people take time to recognize their achievements, realizing their contribution is valuable whilst not feeling the need to vocalize them whereas the arrogant  use their achievements as a means to brag and tend to become prideful and superior because of them.

 

Accept your weaknesses and strengths

 

To be truly confident you need to know yourself on a deep level and be self aware. You need to acknowledge your weaknesses, realizing that they don’t detract from your inherent worth, instead accepting that you are fallible, as is everyone.

 

Take a few moment to write down your strengths, as you look at each one think of how it has helped you and be grateful, feeling fortunate as opposed to superior.

 

Take a few moments to write down your weaknesses, not berating yourself for them but rather embracing them as part of who you are, someone with a lot to offer but also someone who is imperfect – someone who is human.

 

Be humble

 

To really avoid becoming prideful, superior or arrogant fostering humbleness is key. Please see below for some handy tips on how develop a humble heart:

 

  • Be ok to make mistakes and admit to them
  • Don’t brag – ever
  • Give credit to others freely
  • Give compliments freely
  • Seek out others opinions
  • Be open to learning
  • Be helpful
  • Be quick to apologize and forgive

 

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