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5 Tips to gain more confidence

I am a former CPA turned Certified Life Coach and I help women gain the confidence they need to build the business or life of their dreams.

Confidence is a mental state of being and it is a choice. It is the belief that you are worthy, valuable and deserving.

Imagine how your life would change if you had nothing holding you back and you had the confidence to pursue all of your dreams. Many people think of confidence as something that is obtained once a certain level of success is achieved, but I'm here to tell you that anyone can have confidence.

Confidence is not the result or outcome of a particular goal. Confidence is a mental state of being and it is a choice. It is the belief that you are worthy, valuable and deserving. Here are five tips to help you move toward a more confident you.

1. Have a positive mental attitude

Did you know that the average person has 60,000 thoughts in one day and 80 percent of them are negative? Yes, it's true. Most of us are not even aware that our thoughts directly impact how we feel about ourselves and about our day. The key to changing those negative thoughts into positive ones is awareness. Be aware of your thoughts and when you feel yourself on the road to negativity, turn them into a positive. For example, if you think, "I am having a crappy day," change it to, "The rest of my day is going to be awesome." This subtle change in your thoughts will not only change how you are feeling in that moment, but can also impact whether you have an "okay" day or an "awesome" day.

2. Do more of what makes you feel good

When you are feeling low and not your most confident self, the best thing to do is focus on something that makes you feel good and can help change how you are feeling. Listening to an upbeat song, reading an inspirational book or watching a funny video on YouTube are easy ways that you can help to change your mood instantly. If you have a little more time, you could also take a yoga class or go for a nature walk. The key is to change your mood or your environment so that you can start to feel better. The more you do what makes you feel good, the better you will start to feel and the easier it will be to lift your spirits on a daily basis.

3. Step out of your comfort zone

Doing something that makes you uncomfortable is a sure-fire way to start facing your fears and building your confidence. The more you get comfortable being uncomfortable, the more confident you will start to feel. By stepping outside of your comfort zone, you will be more apt to start trying new adventures in the future, which will inevitably lead to having more confidence each time you tackle something new.

4. Love your perfect imperfections

We all have imperfections. Start embracing those imperfections because they are what make you the perfect you. When you stop looking for approval from others and learn to accept yourself, you will start to feel more confident. A little self-love is a key ingredient to being the most confident you.

5. Remind yourself that you are worthy

Every one of us has a purpose in this world and our own unique gifts, skills or talents that need to be shared. Remember that you are worthy and deserving. Make this a positive affirmation that you repeat to yourself on a daily basis. The more you say it, the sooner you'll believe it and confidence will be yours.

These simple five steps can easily be implemented into your daily life. The more you learn to have a positive mental attitude, do more of what makes you feel good, step out of your comfort zone, love your imperfections and remind yourself that you are worthy, the more confident you will start to feel. Once you have confidence there is nothing that can get in your way of your dreams, aspirations or desires. Take action today and start being the confident you that you were meant to be.

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