I’m sure you’re familiar with the Golden Rule, “Treat others as you want to be treated.” I strongly support this approach; however, let’s look at this from a different perspective, putting a focus on self-esteem and self-respect: “Treat yourself how you want others to treat you.” Now, rephrase it so that it’s personal to you. “Treat myself how I want others to treat me.”
It is so important for you, dear friend, to recognize your self-worth. Having a strong sense of who you are and allowing that confidence to shine wherever you go will set the standard for how others should approach and treat you. Here are 3 things to help you start practicing self-confidence:
- “So fresh and so clean” – This sounds silly, but it’s true. It makes the world of difference when you take care of your personal hygiene! I think we can all relate to the fact that when we take care of our body (Showered, healthy diet, fresh haircut, legs shaved, etc…) we feel great. Who doesn’t want to feel great? Feeling great = feeling confident.
- “Love” – At the beginning of each day (or however often you see fit), say out loud to yourself 3 things you love about yourself. This isn’t cocky, it’s confidence!
- “Choose your boost” – It’s unrealistic and unhealthy to think that at all times you have to exude rainbows and sunshine. We are all human and experience life’s lows. However, it’s important to discover what gives you a boost of confidence when you need it! For example, mine is quotes. When I need a motivational and inspirational boost, I turn to quotes that relate to my situation and encourage me to move forward.
We’ve all heard, “Practice makes perfect.” Well, practicing self-confidence will allow others to recognize your worth – again, it’s not you screaming, “I’m cocky and everyone should love me!” Rather, a subtle message to others saying, “I love and respect myself for who I am. I rock!”
I’ll leave you with one last thing. After reading this post, look in the mirror and say, “I WILL treat myself how I want others to treat me. Right now, I choose confidence.”