Another week is here, signaling that September is almost half over, and the year will soon be over. Can you believe it? I am sure you are thinking you have not achieved all of the things you planned to achieve by this time, and if you are like most people, this is probably playing havoc with your self-confidence. Well, it doesn’t have to. Below are five things you can do, starting today, to improve your self-confidence.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Remember you are unique. No one else has your fingerprints. You were made in the image and likeness of God, and He thinks you are special. What someone else has accomplished may be outside of your reach now, but if it’s meant for you, nothing can stop you when the time is right.
- Say something nice to yourself each morning. “I am beautiful.” “I am made in the image and likeness of God.” “I am blessed,” or whatever comes to your mind.
- Smile when you meet someone. Researchers say that smiling causes your brain to release endorphins, which help you feel better. Smile at the cashier at the grocery store, at the receptionist in the doctor’s office, at your child’s teacher. Even if you are wearing a mask and they can’t see your lips, your eyes will convey your mood and this will make you and the other person feel better.
- Don’t function in panic mode. If you find you are not losing the weight you had hoped to lose by this time, don’t panic! Stop and examine what you are doing. Maybe you need to make some adjustments. Consult your doctor, your coach or some other health professional, but don’t attempt drastic measures that may cause more harm than good. Join my lifestyle challenge.
- Write something positive in your journal. Make it a point to write in your journal each day. It may be something simple like taking a walk, drinking water, calling up a friend you hadn’t heard from in a while, anything that will make you feel good about yourself.
These tips are not difficult to follow, but you may be surprised at how many of them you don’t practice on a regular basis. So try to implement them gradually and they will soon become habitual. Keep safe!