Do you feel like you're always not getting what you want? Do you regularly miss out on things you know you deserve, like that A on your Marketing paper, or an awesome date with your crush? Even the most successful women had to start somewhere, and luckily, there are some changes that can start from within. Apply these tips today and start making the most of every opportunity:
1. Practice positive self-talk.
Don't be too hard on yourself when things go wrong. If you feel an optimistic thought building up in your mind, re-evaluate it and start reaffirming yourself with all the good things about you. Sometimes, you put yourself down without even knowing it.
2. Surround yourself with people who'll motivate you.
Be around people who encourage you to be your best self because hearing unwanted criticism over and over again will only make you feel bad. Choose your friends wisely and don’t be afraid to cut off negative people from your life.
3. Stop comparing yourself to others.
It can be really tempting to gauge your worth based on other people's achievements, but doing so will only lead you to disappointment and even anger. Instead of focusing on others, find your niche and strive to excel in it. Everybody is good at something; you just have to figure it out. And don't be afraid to take your time! Acknowledge that you have your own pace.
4. Have a self-appreciation break.
When you're feeling down, take a moment to stop and remember the things you did that made a positive impact on yourself or other people. It may not immediately boost your confidence, but it can definitely turn your bad day into a good one.
5. Try doing something new.
While it's only normal to feel nervous when you decide to try something new, it’s also a way to practice being confident. Whether it's extreme sports or asking a guy out for the first time, just go for it and see where it takes you.
6. Learn to take care of yourself.
Most people disregard themselves because they think that they don't deserve breaks and treats, but taking care of your physical and emotional health is essential in maintaining a balanced lifestyle. You can start by getting enough sleep or taking that long overdue vacation.
7. Accept yourself as who you really are.
The key to living a life full of confidence is embracing your flaws and imperfections. Work with what you have and learn to love everything about you–the good and bad. Your measurement of self-worth shouldn't be based on other people's standards but on your own.
This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.