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There is a wealth of benefits that come from healthy self-confidence. Self-confidence is a tool that can help you manage your fears, tackle life's challenges with more certainty and maintain a positive mental attitude. Self-confidence is typically based on past experience, and improves as you build up a repertoire of success on which to rely.
Athletes, entrepreneurs, public speakers and actors all realize the importance of self-confidence. Lack of confidence can impede you from achieving your peak performance, while self-confidence can help you overcome obstacles and pursue and use those skills you own to succeed.
Instructors at Confidence Building Courses report that people with healthy self-confidence are generally happier and more satisfied with their lives than people who lack self-confidence. Confidence can help you to take on the world with more energy and determination, resulting in better relationships, quality work and a feeling of being connected with your surroundings. Self-confident people usually can influence others more easily, as well as control their own emotions and behaviors more responsibly. A positive attitude results from feeling good about yourself and knowing that your place in the world is important and meaningful.
People who are self-confident are more relaxed in social settings and when meeting new people. Because their belief in themselves is internal and not reliant on the judgment of others, they can freely move about without fear of rejection. According to the Life Coach Directory, self-confidence breeds a high level of comfort when facing new challenges. Self-confident people typically are more enthusiastic about the future and convey that excitement to others through their walk, how they hold themselves and how they converse. They are more at ease in social situations and tend to attract people to them. The positive energy projected by confident people is contagious and attractive to others.
According to the National Mental Health Information Center, positive self-esteem and confidence are indicators of good mental health. Building self-esteem begins in childhood when parents can help to build the confident character of their children. Children growing up with confidence in their own abilities tend to do better in school, take better care of themselves than their peers with low self-confidence levels, and excel in sports and socialization. Teens with self-confidence are better able to withstand peer pressure and to make decisions with their own best interests in mind.
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Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."
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