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Tips & Advice

Increase Self Confidence Levels

We’ve all heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  As teens, you’re constantly feeling pressure from others – whether it’s parents, siblings, friends, teachers; the list goes on.  However, have you ever wondered whether you’re placing unnecessary pressure on yourself?

You probably remember trying to be “cool” at some point in your life.  Whether this included wearing the latest clothes, having the coolest toys, or going to the best places; the question am I about to ask is something important to consider.  Truth is, have you ever really thought what it was, exactly, that made these places or things “cool”?  Was it what other people said or was it your perception of how you felt these things made you look and feel?

The point I am trying to make is, we don’t need other people to tell us if we’re cool or not – that decision is up to us.  Being or feeling cool should be based on how we feel about ourselves, and that has a lot to do with our confidence level. 

Having a higher self-confidence level has several benefits. First, having higher self-confidence will help you feel happier in general.  Everyone loves the sunshine – remember how happy you get when it is a beautiful, sunny day outside?  Even if it is cloudy or dark outside, you can still get that same feeling – just in yourself.  Also, if you feel better about yourself, you will do better at the things you need to do, such as school work.   

There are several ways to increase your self-confidence level.  First, keep your complaints a minimum.  Nobody likes to be around a person who is constantly negative, especially negative about themselves.  It places added unnecessary pressure on the person and the people around them. You should never willfully put yourself down by always comparing yourself to others.  Be confident in yourself and your abilities and you will find that your dreams will easily come to you.