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Six Techniques to Build Confidence and Achieve Success

by Mary Serphos
Certified Health Coach and Licensed Psychotherapist
photos by Giordano Ciampini

When we feel confident, we are more likely to be happy, treat others well and make good choices that lead to success. On the other hand, when life seems difficult and our self-esteem is low, we are more likely to be depressed and make poor choices. A low self-image negatively affects every part of life, including relationships, work, and health. That is why learning to boost self-esteem and confidence is critical. The following strategies can help you reach your potential.

See Yourself Reaching Your Goal While Letting Go of Fear
What is your definition of success? Take a moment and picture yourself reaching that point of success, how you would feel and what life would be like. In addition, work on letting go of fear, old patterns or beliefs that get in the way of success. For example, if you have a fear of public speaking or tend to be socially introverted, a great way to overcome any hesitation is to prepare well and rehearse in front of a mirror with confidence.

Get Involved In Something You're Good At
A favorite acti
vity, sport, hobby or interest that requires focus, passion and dedication directs our attention into a positive mind state and interrupts negative thinking patterns. For example, try spending time outside in nature gardening, if you like to read try joining a book club, if you like animals or have a special bond with the elderly you can join a community organization that shares your interest, try practicing new sports. When we are engaged in doing what we love, we end up feeling competent, accomplished and successful.

Recognize and Celebrate your Achievements
Sometimes, we forget to recognize our achievements, either because of low self-esteem or pressure to get the next thing checked off our list. When we appreciate all of our accomplishments, big or small, we are building our internal confidence.

Connect with Positive People
Destructive relationships destroy self-esteem. Being around others who complain incessantly can take a toll and bring us down. Connect with others who are positive and bring out the best in you.

Become Aware of your Thoughts about Yourself
Listen to your self-talk. What are the dominant messages? When negative messages pop up, work to shift them or, better yet, get rid of them. This takes practice and does not happen overnight. In order to master positive thinking, it is critical to not just let go of negative thoughts but replace them with positive ones. Try recalling positive memories, moments of success in your life or using a powerful statement such as: "I am fulfilled."

Help Others
It is important to focus on ourselves, our goals and self-care but it is equally important to give back. When we help others out and contribute to the community, our perspective on what is important radically shifts. The more you contribute to the world, the more you'll be rewarded with personal success and recognition.

What is Your Definition of Success?

  Gabriela "Chuleta" Sequeira Hernandez
Joy in my life, laughter, good friends, family, work, health. Success does not necessarily equal having a career — I don't need that in my life to be successful.
  Vladimir Lopez Gutierrez
Feeling good. Since my mother died when I was 11 years old, I have always been independent and that is success to me. Also steady work and gaining the ability to speak English.
  Kimberly Hernandez
Good integral form – emotional, economic, spiritual; reaching my goals for work, studying, family and personal achievements.
  Jairo Silva
My work; interacting with the public and good communication with individuals I come into contact with such as foreigners and locals. Friendship. Knowing more people.


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