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Confidence Boosting Tip #1

Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 by Positivevoice
I'd like you all to consider how you communicate with yourself on a daily basis. Do you have an internal dialogue which weakens your resolve to become a stronger, more confident person? I'm talking about that niggling internal voice in your head that tells you, 'you can't possibly do that' or 'you're going to really embarrass yourself'... Have you ever wondered how good it would feel to turn the sound off?!

Sometimes, just laughing at it is enough.

Try this:

Think about a situation or task, which you're nervous about and ask yourself how it's going to go?

Your response might come in the form of emotions, images or words. Whatever, the response, make a mental note of it and remind yourself that this is the sum of your experiences speaking. It is built up every time you have a new experience. It is all knowing and vulnerable. It worries about being late or not good enough and is often proved wrong, but seldom learns. It is totally separate from you.

It is only by creating this separation that you can become truly free of your thoughts- whether they be emotions, images or words. So, every time your thoughts get carried away and take you on an imaginary journey- which usually involves the worst case scenario, bring them back down to earth and embrace uncertainty instead- it's a lot less volatile.

Over the next few days- once you've had a chance to figure out whether your response is coming in the form of emotions, images or words, I'm going to send out tips to confront all three. For now, just keep reminding yourself
of your ability to separate yourself from your thoughts. It always manages to make me smile.

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