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by Vidya Sury February 10, 2004 0 comment

“If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the

world will not raise your price.”



Confidence Is the devotion to honoring oneself, taking action to build

self-esteem and promote health on all levels. What we believe, we

create. If we believe that we are somehow “not enough” , that is the

very image we project. What we project we also tend to attract.

Those who are self-critical, or who feel “less than” others, will tend

to draw people and circumstances into their lives that are not in

their best interests.

One of the biggest keys to creating confidence is to direct our

attention to our positive qualities and talents. We live in a

consumer society which sends the message that we never have enough.

We feel compelled to acquire things to make us thinner, less wrinkled,

more beautiful, powerful etc. The end result is often good for

business, but leaves many people feeling empty at the end of the day.

Confidence doesn’t come from diet pills, beauty products, or all the

other marketable “confidence” creators. Confidence is the result of a

conscious decision to focus our energy on abundance, our natural

talents and positive qualities. The more confident we become, the

more capable we are. The end result of developing a strong sense of

self worth is that we begin to naturally attract healthier conditions,

from physical health to our relationships.

Here’s a little exercise:

Look at yourself in a full length mirror if you have one available.

How do you hold yourself? Do you tend to slouch, hold your head down,

look away without truly seeing yourself? What feelings do you have?

Do you immediately start pointing out perceived flaws? There can be

several keys to our confidence level discovered in the way we look at

ourselves. The goal isn’t to look at physical appearance so much as it

is to witness how you perceive yourself.

In your journaling discuss your thoughts and feelings

while looking in the mirror, then list the different traits/talents

(not focusing on the physical)

that boost your confidence. Make a conscious effort to direct your

thoughts towards these areas when critical self-talk sets in.

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