10 Ways to Build Your Confidence This Year

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10 Ways to Build Your Confidence This Year
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Taking on a new year can be daunting. You've promised yourself that you will lose weight, spend less or exercise more, but you're fighting an uphill battle if you don't first have confidence that you can do it. Take steps to boost your confidence, and you'll remain strong all year.

Look Around
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Look Around

Think about what's within your control and what's not, then journal about it. Focus on the things you have power to change. Evaluate your environment, your relationships and your workspace to understand what's bringing you down, and spend energy on the things you can actively change. If it's out of your reach, acknowledge it and move along, choosing instead to put your energy elsewhere.

Escape Negativity
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Escape Negativity

If there are people or situations bringing you down, re-evaluate their place in your schedule and in your life in general. Gravitate toward friends and activities that are positive influences.

Don't Take It Personally
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Don't Take It Personally

Remember, you can only do your best. When bad things happen, don't beat yourself up. Instead, take a deep breath and figure out what your next steps will be.

Get Some Exercise
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Get Some Exercise

Working out helps release the tension that builds up in your body when you're stressed. A good workout can help you feel relaxed and refreshed, while simultaneously boosting your endorphins and your confidence.

Set a Date
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Set a Date

Plan time with friends and family. Having fun with the people you love is a great way to boost self-esteem, and planning ahead gives you something to look forward to on tough days.

Strip Away Stress
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Strip Away Stress

Take a look at the sources of stress in your life. Are you working too much? Have you taken on too many activities? Rather than let your routines overwhelm you, look for ways to balance your time and include activities that will replenish and refresh you.

Learn Something New
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Learn Something New

Take up a new hobby. Novelty is good for the brain and for the soul. In addition to giving you a fresh perspective, it will help you boost your sense of achievement and add to your feelings of self-worth.

Recognize Success
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Recognize Success

Set reasonable goals. By making manageable benchmarks, you build confidence in yourself as you reach them. When you meet your goals, take a minute to acknowledge what you've accomplished. By recognizing your own success, you're reinforcing positive behavior.

Phone a Friend
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Phone a Friend

Call up a friend you haven't spoken to in a while. Getting caught up is a great way to get a fresh perspective, and reinvesting in a relationship gives you a renewed sense of community and companionship. Seeing yourself as part of a whole helps you gain self-esteem and reinforces your confidence in everything you have to offer.

Feed Your Mind
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Feed Your Mind

Surround yourself with music, books and programs that boost your mood. Avoid songs, movies or shows that make you feel down. Instead, spend your time indulging in the art that really fulfills you.

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