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TED Talks for Confidence and Motivation

Here are five TED Talks for confidence building and motivation. These short TED talks have helped millions of people and can help you, too.

TED Talks for Confidence and Motivation

I love watching TED Talks for confidence, motivation and inspiration. These short and powerful videos allow me to learn from others, feel motivated and learn to think about life differently. There are some fantastic TED Talks for confidence and motivation that have made a huge impact in my life and the lives of my clients. In fact some of them start their day off with a TED talk instead of a cup of coffee. 

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Feel Confident Now: Ask Yourself These 15 Questions

Feel Confident Now: Ask Yourself These 15 Questions

Want to feel confident and achieve your goals this year? These 15 questions will help you feel confident fast. Take a look.

It’s likely you want to feel confident and happier this year right? Who doesn’t? Whether you’ve set a New Year’s resolution, decided on a goal or simply want to feel confident and secure more often, getting clear on why you want these things can help. These 15 questions will help you get clear on what you want and how to feel confident now.

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Stop Cancelling Plans Because of Low Confidence

Stop Cancelling Plans Because of Low Confidence

Cancelling plans because of low confidence can be easy to do. However, it's important to stop cancelling plans because of low confidence. Read these tips.

Cancelling plans can be easy to do when your confidence is low. You may be anxious or uncomfortable, and those feelings will probably intensify as the plans draw nearer (take the Social Anxiety Disorder Test: Do I Have Social Anxiety?). Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and negative thoughts take over. Negative feelings can get so uncomfortable, and pulling out of your plans may seem like the easiest thing to do. However, cancelling plans or not showing up can make things worse. It’s important to stop cancelling plans because of low confidence.

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How to Find Courage and Confidence Without Alcohol

How to Find Courage and Confidence Without Alcohol

Alcohol lowers inhibitions and creates a false sense of courage and confidence. Here are a few suggestions to find courage and confidence without alcohol.

Courage and confidence are emboldened by alcohol because it lowers inhibitions, thereby reducing the sense of fear–but you can find courage and confidence without alcohol. A common misconception is that courage is the absence of fear. However, courage is actually defined by taking action in spite of your fears. When regaining control of your life in early sobriety, developing courage and confidence is difficult if you have always relied on alcohol. For anyone adjusting to sobriety, here are a few suggestions to find courage and confidence without alcohol. 

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Self-Harm and the “Everyone Hates Me” Mindset

Self-Harm and the “Everyone Hates Me” Mindset

More times than not, those who self-harm have incredibly low self-esteem and self-confidence and have an “everyone hates me” mindset. This can often route from struggles with depression and anxiety, which is common in the self-harm realm. At times, those who feel this way may stretch what they see to be the truth – meaning that while they see everyone as hating them, those around them really don’t feel that way. Since this is common amongst those who self-harm and battle mental health demons, it also means it could take many years before they begin to gain some sort of positive self-concept.

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Want Higher Self-Esteem? Stop Doing These 6 Things

Do you want higher self-esteem? Stop doing these 6 things that can lower your self-esteem and impact your confidence.

Want Higher Self-Esteem? Stop Doing These 6 Things

You want higher self-esteem, but can’t get there. Why? Unfortunately, we are creatures of habit. As humans, we resist change as it often brings up uncomfortable, anxious feelings. When we avoid changing our thoughts or habits (because let’s be honest, even the negative ones can be comfortable), nothing really changes and that includes your self-esteem. When you stop doing what your ego, or your fearful state mind tells you is “right” because it’s “safe,” you begin to gain power over your life, and develop higher self-esteem (What is Healthy Self-Esteem?).

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Self-Harm, Self-Identity and Staying True to You

Self-Harm, Self-Identity and Staying True to You

We all struggle with insecurities and maintaining confidence. Even the most confident individual feels flawed and anxious from time to time. It’s difficult to constantly look in the mirror and tell yourself how beautiful you are without finding something to bring you down. For those who have self-harm scars marking their skin, it can be more than difficult to accept the person you are and to see the strengths you hold.

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Self-Esteem and Dealing with Disappointment

Don’t let disappointments drain you. Learn how to deal with disappointments and anxiety before they take a toll on your self-esteem.

Self-Esteem and Dealing with Disappointment

One of the most powerful emotions for me, and many people I work with, is disappointment. The lack of control, anxiety, and confusion that it brings about messes with my confidence. I’m sure you can relate. A friend that cancels plans at the last minute, even if it’s due to totally reasonable circumstances can get your insecurity rolling, and lead you down the path of doom and gloom.

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Why Your Self-Esteem Isn’t Improving

Do you wonder why your self-esteem is still low? You’ve been doing work to increase confidence but it still feels like you are stuck? There are a few reasons why you are having trouble improving your self-esteem.

Why Your Self-Esteem Isn’t Improving

There are many articles, books, and resources on improving self-esteem and confidence. The problem for many people out there, is that these tips just don’t stick. There is something deeper or something in their lives right now that is keeping them from adopting these tools. You may have been working diligently on your self-esteem but are finding that you still feel pretty down in the dumps. Maybe you were feeling confident but recently you’ve been more critical or unhappy with who you are. There are some surprising reasons why you are having trouble developing self-esteem.

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Self-Harm and a Song About Embracing Who You Are

Self-Harm and a Song About Embracing Who You Are

It’s hard, especially for teenage girls, to stop for a moment and not care about what others may think and say about them. Girls can be cruel and those who are the cruelest and have difficulties accepting who they are feel the need to take it out on others. For teenagers struggling with self-harm, a dirty look or quiet snicker can lead to leaving class, going to the bathroom and cutting until class ends.

I know this because that’s exactly how I dealt with those issues during my teens.

It took years to finally get to a place where I could look in the mirror and feel okay about the person starting back at me. I still struggle with my confidence, and most people do, but compared to the struggles of my past – I have proudly come so far. However, sometimes we need something to remind us of our strength and our beauty and music can be the source of strength needed.

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