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Boost your self-confidence

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  • Think positive thoughts about yourself! Focus on your strengths — not your weaknesses. Realize that you are better at some things than others.
  • Set realistic goals. This means not setting goals too high or too low, but at a level you know you can reach. Then, you can always strive to do better than your goal.
  • Give yourself credit when you reach a goal and praise yourself when you have done well.
  • Learn to be assertive — express your thoughts, opinions, needs, and feelings openly — but without abusing others’ rights.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Remember: you’re just fine the way you are!
  • Practice positive body language. Walk tall, don’t slump. When your body says “I can” everyone will believe you can.

How well do you know yourself? Are you self-confident? Create your own story by exploring your confidence, attitudes, and outlook.

How you feel about yourself can help you through tough times when other kids aren’t so nice. To learn more about teasing, bullying and the connection to self-esteem, visit the Bullying section of girlshealth.gov.

Sometimes confident girls are called bossy, but confident boys aren't. That's not right! Check out the Ban Bossy website, and get some great tips for boosting your belief in yourself.

 

Content last reviewed May 18, 2010
Page last updated March 19, 2014

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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