Feeling Good About Yourself
Does this sound like you?
- I am eager to learn new things.
- I take pride in doing a good job and being a nice person.
- I can handle criticism without being too emotional.
- I know what things I am good at, and those that I'm not.
- It is okay if I win or if I lose.
- Before I do something, I usually think, "I can do it."
- I like to try to do things without help, but I don't mind asking for help if I really need it.
- I like myself.
If so, congratulations, you have healthy self-confidence!
Confidence is developed as you try new things and remove doubt in your abilities. To boost your self-confidence, try these steps:
- Think positive thoughts about yourself! Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Realize that you are better at some things than others.
- Set realistic goals. This means setting goals at a level you know you can reach. Then, you can always strive to do better than your goal.
- Give yourself credit. Praise yourself when you’ve reached a goal or done well.
- Learn to be assertive. Express your thoughts, opinions, needs, and feelings openly—but not at the expense of others’.
- Practice positive body language. Walk tall; don't slump. When your body says, "I can," everyone will believe you can.