Confidence and Self-Esteem
These articles focus on helping to improve confidence and self-esteem. Low self-esteem seems rampant in our society today and impacts our ability to fulfill our dreams and aspirations. It creates a barrier between where we are today and how to get to where we want to be in our visualized future.
Included is a 14-part series of articles covering stubborn issues around us achieving confidence in who we are and how we contribute to our own and others well-being. We seek ways to feel confident in our relationships with others and taming our need to be accepted and meeting their expectations.
The selection of materials cover overcoming insecurity, body language, self-image, self-compassion, overthinking, boundaries and worrying about what others think of us.
Enjoy the articles.
Regardless if the basis of your insecurity in your relationship is real or imaginary, the feeling can still be damaging unless you know how to overcome it. Leading causes of relationship dysfunction and dissolution can be found in miscommunication and jealousy. Essentially, many breakdowns are caused by one side being insecure and pushing the other away, or just plain giving up and walking out of the relationship. Do you find yourself in relationships that usually end badly with you either pushing others away, or people walking away from you? Perhaps it’s time to deal with potential ‘insecurity’ issues you might possess! Read more on this topic and ways to overcome these insecurities here…Read More
Have you heard of an unique psychological concept referred to as ‘The Impostor Syndrome?’ It’s a concept that came out in the latter part of the last century which describes people who struggle with an inability to internalize their achievements and accomplishments because they possess a persistent concern of being exposed as a fraud. The interesting part of this phenomenon is these individuals are actually competent, or have received the adequate training in their specific area of expertise. Interestingly, even though they’ve the education, training and knowledge (they’re aware of it and others can reaffirm it), they still believe they’re actual frauds. Any success that comes their way they either thwart it, or choose to deflect it. Learn ways to overcome it here…Read More
Who said life was going to be all glamor, a walk in the park…a cake walk? What happens when adversity strikes? How do you deal with adversity or those situations that make you feel uncomfortable? Do you believe that you have the tools for dealing with these types of situations properly? If you think you would like to learn how to deal with adverse situations more effectively and positively, then this article is for you. Let’s face it, everyone is going to have experiences and deal with situations that make them feel less than comfortable. These discomforting experiences can come in one of three forms; people, places or things. Here’s more…Read More
Many people suffer from agoraphobia which is a fear of crowds and public places. They fear being amongst people because they feel unsure of themselves, are afraid they might say or do something stupid, or feel they will not fit in. The same often happens for some who do not want to be in or around groups of people. Even though “groups” are much smaller than “crowds”, the reasons they feel uncomfortable around groups is for the same reasons… feeling like they won’t fit in! By our very nature, people are supposed to be social creatures. You think that fitting in and interacting amongst groups of people would be second hand for all, if not most people. But it’s not. Read on…Read More
What’s your body telling others? Did you know our bodies say a lot about what we’re thinking and feeling? That’s right, and we don’t have to utter a word. In fact, it’s estimated more than 70% of all of our communication is conveyed through non-verbal cues, and in particular – Body language! Our bodies say so much about what’s going on inside of us, even when we’re trying to hide what we’re thinking and feeling. We just can’t help ourselves convey our “true” feelings about something. It’s interesting our words can say one thing, while at the same time our bodies can ‘mean’ something completely different. If you’re not a good liar, then your body language and posture will almost always give you up.Read More
How compassionate and kind are you to other people, especially family and close friends? The world is full of random acts of kindness despite what the media dishes up everyday for so-called news – doing kind things for others just doesn’t make compelling news these days I’m afraid! Would you go the extra mile for a co-worker or even someone you just met if they needed your help? I’m sure most people reading this would give the “shirt off of their back” for a complete stranger if they were in dire need of your help. Interestingly, too many people don’t share the same kind of deep self-compassion for themselves. They’re quick to find fault in themselves and “beat themselves up” verbally when something goes wrong or when they make a mistake. In reality, they don’t think enough of themselves to give the same kind of care, kindness and compassion as they would give to other people. But that’s about to change for you. Read how…Read More
Are you an individual who tends to ‘overthink’ things a little too much? Do you find you lock onto certain thoughts or things from the past and can’t seem to let them go – your thoughts are like a piece of steak in the mouth of a junkyard dog… and it’s not about to be let go of it no matter how hard you tug? Guess what? You may have what some experts refer to as ‘paralysis by analysis!’ This may sound ridiculous but it’s not for the individual who goes through this, especially in the evening when they’re trying to sleep, and this keeps them up all night tossing and turning – trying to figure things out, or looking for perfect answers. One thing we do know for sure is people who overthink usually are ‘obsessed’ with one word that starts their sentences, which causes them to overthink. Read more here…Read More
There are many ‘self-inventory’ quizzes in pop magazines that ask, “Do you truly love yourself?” What the heck does this question even mean? Obviously they’re not talking about a narcissistic trait but the question does raise boundaries about what is meant by loving oneself? Personally, I think the better question to ask in this vein is “Are you accepting of yourself?” This suggests levels of self-compassion towards oneself which is a more accurate indicator of how you feel about yourself. Here’s more…Read More
If you are in business, sales or a part of an organization that places high value on the nature of networking, that is meeting people to promote your business or yourself, then the ability to not only speak but articulate yourself well is perhaps one the most important skills that is required to succeed. Many people are apprehensive when it comes to speaking in front of others at a professional level, and especially when it comes to promoting themselves. Drawing attention to oneself at the risk of looking or sounding foolish is most likely the last thing that anyone wants to experience. If networking your business or yourself is new to you, or you have been apprehensive about doing it in the past, perhaps this article is for you. Read more…Read More
“I know what you are thinking, and I don’t like it!”, so you say. “Really? Why would you say that?” she responds. “I can tell by the look on your face, you are thinking bad things about me,” you respond. “Really? Actually I was just thinking about how bloated I feel,” she replies, looking less than amused. Are you a fortune teller, seer, or psychic who thinks they possess this tremendous gift of clairvoyance whereby you can not only predict what other people are thinking, but you can actually read their minds? If so, you are going to learn a lot of miserable lessons in life.Read More
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