Push through self-limiting beliefs. Find your limits by exposing yourself to different situations and pushing through the uncomfortable. Once you have confidence in yourself, you’ll be amazed what you can accomplish.
LaRae Quy
Never confuse memory with facts. Revisit the facts of a memory loaded with self-limiting beliefs and try to gain a more accurate perspective on the event. Talk with others that might have a different perspective.
LaRae Quy
Talk to yourself. Be positive, because the way you talk to yourself influences your neurobiological response to it. When you say, I know what to do here or see things as a challenge rather than a problem, you’ve turned your response into a positive one.
LaRae Quy
Think positive to overcome your negativity bias. your natural negativity bias has kept us safe from danger for thousands of years. This negativity bias can chisel away at our confidence because we’re hardwired to pay attention to all that we’ve done wrong.
LaRae Quy
Label the emotions for what they truly are and move on. Do not enter into inner dialogue about the negative emotion because then it becomes more powerful.
LaRae Quy
Raise your curiosity levels. If we remain curious, we remain teachable and our minds and hearts grow larger every day. We can retain our beginner’s mind by always looking forward and discovering new experiences and uncovering new information.
LaRae Quy
Overcome self-doubt. If you lack self-confidence, you will always feel like you’re at the mercy of other people. No one but you is stopping you from achieving what you want to accomplish. It’s time to identify the areas in which you doubt yourself and remove those barriers.
LaRae Quy
Face your fears. When we don’t feel in control, we don’t think clearly because our emotional brain is in the driver’s seat and takes over. This is why fear often seems random and irrational—our emotions are in control.
LaRae Quy
Think about your worst fear. Spend time with it. Now make your fear worse by getting closer to it. Imagine the worst that could happen. Now focus on your breathing. Feel your body relax. See, you didn’t die, did you? You’re on your way to conquering your fear.
Professor Ronald Siegel
Preparing for Your Journey. You need to take stock of where you are, think about where you want to go, get yourself in the right mindset for your journey, and commit yourself to starting it and staying with it.
The Mind Tools Content Team
Start Managing Your Mind. Learn to pick up and defeat the negative self-talk which can destroy your confidence.
The Mind Tools Content Team
Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Volunteer for a project that will help you build new skills. Apply for a job that feels like a stretch but matches your interests. Sign up to present or speak at an event and tackle your fear of public speaking head-on.
Anka Wittenberg
Visualize what you want as a first step to meeting a new challenge. By imagining yourself in the job you want, you can create that vision for those around you, too. Give yourself a head start by getting into character. Want to take an executive role? Be sure to dress, talk, and act like an executive.
Anka Wittenberg
Assess your competencies.Write down all of the skills you bring to the table right now. Don’t forget to include broader talents that can help your organization succeed -- now and in the future.
Anka Wittenberg
Create your own environment.Work with your team in a way that feels true and honest, sharing your competencies with complete confidence. In doing so, you will brand yourself within your organization and begin to attract people with similar values to your team.
Anka Wittenberg
Have others instill confidence in you. People who are able to cut through bureaucracy and make decisions quickly are rewarded for having the confidence to get the job done. Having others reinforce this belief will help you realize your potential. 
Anka Wittenberg
Fake it ‘til you make it. You are more competent than you know. So act like you know it all! Adopting that mindset will help you take more risks and overcome any fear of failure.
Anka Wittenberg
Be the change you wish to see. Once you’ve taken steps to build your own confidence, don’t forget to give someone else a hand up. Through peer coaching, you can partner with others to create a positive change.
Anka Wittenberg
Act like you’re in a good mood, even if you aren’t. Demonstrating a positive attitudend showing resilience—even if you just got yelled at—are two ways to come across well among people you work with.
Anka Wittenberg
Think about what you say and how you say it. Speak in a clear and level voice and choose your words deliberately. Body language is important, too: posture, polite head nods, and other ways of showing you’re engaged.
Anka Wittenberg
Let the little things get to you. If you allow the little bits of positive feedback—whether from others or your own sense of a job well done—to grow into something big, then you’ll gain the confidence you deserve bit by bit.
Anka Wittenberg
And in the end, the more you act confident, the more you’ll be confident. So go out, paste on a smile, fix your posture, kill any negative thought that pops into your head, and constantly tell yourself that you’ve got this. Try it out: by the end of the day, you’ll realize that you really do.
Anka Wittenberg
Find Your Comfort Zone. Whatever it is that makes you feel comfortable, get into that zone. You’re not there to hide from your problems or dwell on them. You’re there to recharge; just like your muscles and mind need time to recharge, so does your mood. Take a staycation in your comfort zone to regain your composure.
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Change Your Thoughts. Remember, most of your problems are in your head. That’s not to say they don’t exist – merely that you’re allowing them to affect you. Stand up to and for yourself, and you’ll learn ways to stand up to and for everyone else.
Guest Writer
Smile Like You Mean It. You’ll be seen as a leader rather than a follower, and things will be more likely to go your way.Diplomacy is strong, so put a smile on your face, and make the world a better place.
Guest Writer
Don’t Slouch! If you’re slouched over, people assume you’re weaker. This is how nature works – every plant and animal species on this planet understands survival of the fittest, and you need to look like you’re fit. Make an effort to sit up and stand up straight and tall.
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Take Baby Steps. Focus on your path, and understand it’ll take baby steps to get where you want. You’ll soon be taking baby steps from confidence to full-on success in life.
Guest Writer
Clean Yourself Up. Cleanliness is close to godliness (or so I’ve heard). Hygiene is vital to your confidence – it’s hard to feel good about yourself when you’re stained, sweaty and smelly. No matter what your circumstances in life are, do your best to stay clean, as it’s the key to your confidence.
Guest Writer
Face Your Fears. Face at least one of your fears. When you survive, you’ll be that much more confident.
Guest Writer
Define Yourself. Learn how to define yourself. Set your rules and boundaries and follow them. These are your morals and ethics, and they’re the foundation of who you are. Never forget that.
Guest Writer
Live In The Present. nstead of being upset about losing an important client or failing a test, you’ll be grateful for the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, and the people you love. Focus on the now, because it’s all you truly have.
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Take Inventory. If you’re reading this, you also have a lot of secondary stuff, such as a computer, the Internet, the knowledge to use it, the ability to read. You have a lot of skills and resources available to you, even if they’re not the ones you wish they were. Figure out what you have, and find ways to use them.
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Socialize. Expand your social circle. Go to public places and interact with strangers. If you fail to make an impression or completely blow it, who cares? They weren’t in your life before, and you won’t miss them.
Guest Writer
Play A Game. In real life you may be a boring file clerk with a dead-end life, but in a video game, you can be whoever you want. Every video game console (as well as the majority of computer and mobile games) has achievements. Hunt down some easy wins to jumpstart your spunk.
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Try Again. If your lack of confidence is caused by failure, pick up and try again in any way possible.It doesn’t have to be immediately – you can practice & evolve prior to trying again. This time, however, go in as an experienced veteran who took a few licks and got back up stronger, faster and smarter than before.
Guest Writer
It’s easy to lose your confidence. Unexpected things happen, and you can very easily find yourself on the short end of the stick. Even though it seems like you’re the only one it’s happening to, we all experience inequalities and failures. Stick it out, and you’ll eventually get the confidence it takes to succeed.
Guest Writer
I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.
Steve Maraboli
Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.
Jodi Picoult
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
Hermann Hesse
Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.
Hans Selye
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
Arthur Somers Roche
Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.
Astrid Alauda
My need to solve the problem is the problem.
Unknown
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
Deepak Chopra
Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.
Guy Finley
Smile, breathe, and go slowly.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Don’t try to steer the river.
Deepak Chopra
Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’
Eckhart Tolle
Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength - carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.
Corrie ten Boom
Nothing is permanent in this wicked world — not even our troubles.
Charlie Chaplin
Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.
Joan Borysenko
Anxiety is one little tree in your forest. Step back and look at the whole forest.
Unknown
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.
Sylvia Plath
God didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
Unknown
Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
Buddha
Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive.
Bryant H. McGill
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
Thich Nhat Hanh
You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
Pearl S. Buck
Stress is the trash of modern life — we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.
Terri Guillemets
Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That’s one of my favorite things to say. So what.
Andy Warhol
We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell
Said the river to the seeker, “Does one really have to fret about enlightenment? No matter which way I turn, I’m homeward bound.”
Anthoney De Mello
Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path.
Steve Jobs
I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
William James
You forgive yourself for every failure because you are trying to do the right thing. God knows that and you know it. Nobody else may know it.
Maya Angelou
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
Kurt Vonnegut
You can only lose what you cling to.
Buddha
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
Tao Te Ching
Do not let what you cannot do, interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden
It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Isaac Asimov
Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.
James R. Cook
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller
In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus
Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
Richard L. Evans
If you’re going through Hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill
Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past.
Brian Tracey
Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
Napoleon Hill
Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business.
Norman Vincent Peale
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
Albert Einstein
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
Lance Armstrong
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St. Francis of Assisi
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Robert Schuller
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
Chinese Proverb
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.
Unknown
If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.
E. Joseph Cossman
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.
Mark Twain
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Japanese proverb
Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.
Dorothy Rowe
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can change his life by changing his attitude of mind.
William James
Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Edison
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Wayne Gretzky
The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.
Morris Mandel
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.
Unknown
Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you're going to do now - and do it.
William Durant