Five easy ways to increase your confidence

Confidence tipsLately, I’ve been listening to Louise Hay’s audio tapes non-stop. Not only does she have such a soothing voice, but her message is so positive and empowering.

In a nutshell, Louise says to always keep your thoughts positive and affirm the things you want as if you already have them. For example, she says to affirm how grateful you are for your abundance (even if you feel like the opposite is true) and then good things will flow your way.

It’s all part of the law of attraction: like attracts like, so if you think and feel that you are abundant, more abundance will come your way. It’s all about being grateful and positive, which is so important, especially in our current social climate.

At the heart of all of her teachings, Louise’s message is one of self-love. She says to work on loving yourself and only good things will come to you.

As I listened to Louise speak about the importance of loving yourself, I began to realize how often I put myself down with my thoughts. Once you really start to tune in to the little voice in the back of your head, it’s astonishing how many negative thoughts you’ll hear.

Self love is so crucial to your health and wellbeing, and I truly think it’s the secret to living a fulfilling, awesome life. This “aha moment” got me thinking about all the ways we can improve our self confidence daily.

1. Forgive yourself

As I listened to Louise, I realized just how often I was beating myself up for things I couldn’t control. I was trying to be a parent to myself, but in the process I became way too hard on myself. Forgive yourself for all the mistakes you’ve made in the past, and you’ll be surprised at how light and free you feel.

2. Do some mirror work

Mirror work is another one of Louise’s methods. Simply look in the mirror at your reflection and say “I love you” or some other positive affirmation as a means of practicing self-love.

3. Stop judging others

One thing I’ve realized over the years is that judging others doesn’t make me feel better — in fact it makes me hyper-critical of myself and anxious about what others think of me because I assumed everyone else was judging people in the same way I was. Once you stop constantly judging others, you’ll realize that not everyone thinks critically of others and that there is a way to see others for the beautiful beings they truly are.

4. Make a list of all the things you love about yourself

Everyone has at least a few things they wouldn’t change about themselves — make a list of your best attributes and look over it whenever you’re feeling down.

5. Accept your flaws and quirks

Absolutely no one in this world is perfect — and that’s the fun of it all! Think of the people you admire: are they perfect, symmetrical Barbie types or do they have something cute and quirky about them like big, curly hair or an adorable gapped tooth? Those are the things that you hate about yourself because you’ve known them all your life, but someone else out there is thinking how they’d die for your gangly, long legs or your fiery red hair. Don’t give up these things, they make you special!

Do you have any ideas for boosting your confidence and increasing your self love? Let me know in the comments below!

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