How To Stop Negative Thoughts And Boost Your Confidence

Why So Serious?

Random question without notice: Have you ever had a negative experience in relation to your 'learning' that has damaged your confidence? In other words, has anyone ever said something to you like 'no, you're wrong' (even though you knew you were right), 'you're an idiot', 'you're stupid', 'you'll never amount to anything', or 'you're never going to achieve anything in your life'? Has anything like this ever happened?

The reason this question is very important is because attacks like this on young people have been shown to have a profoundly negative and long-lasting impact that in some cases can even last for the person's entire life! Whilst some of us may think 'come on, they were probably just teasing!' or 'why would you take it so seriously?' comments like this can shatter self-belief and can significantly impact the way a person views themselves - particularly when delivered at a young age. The major problem with this is that a person's self-confidence is directly related to the attitude they apply to their education (and their 'learning' in general). So when a negative comment is directed to a young person about their ability to learn and understand things, it can still be affecting the attitude they have about their schooling in high school, college and their adult life.

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Where's Your Esteem?

The esteem that you hold yourself in is a direct reflection of your feelings of ability and worth. This is very important in your studies because it impacts your confidence and your willingness to be open to learning and trying new things. Research shows there is a very strong link between students with high self-esteem and high achievement level. As expected, the opposite is also true, low self-esteem tends to result in a low achievement level. Can these trends be bucked? Yes of course they can - but it's not the norm.

Time To Make A Change!

Here are some ideas on things you can do to make your ego soar. Soar like an eagle. Did you ever know that you're my hero? You are the wind beneath my wings. OK sorry it's getting weird. Let's get into it.

1. Remember to pump up your own tires and just be positive - about every single thing! What's the point in being negative anyway - even if it's justified? Try being positive about every single thing for one whole week. That's right - a week. You can do it. Try it. See what happens. It's much better to give yourself and others compliments than to constantly put yourself and others down. Just try it. You'll see.

2. Think of all the things you are good at and all the success you have created. If you're not sure ask your parents or your friends. Write these things down and keep adding to the list as you think of anything. Read the list every morning when you wake up and any time you need a confidence boost. Just write things that make you feel good and you know are true. You will find there are many more amazing things about you than you realized. If you think there isn't you're just being negative again! Focus on the good.

3. Associate with people who like, respect, and support you for who you are. Try to avoid people who are always looking to find fault with you. Why would you want to spend time with negative people? If they're negative about you or others, they are really just down on themselves. You may like to work with them on that flaw but ultimately people like that will be like a weight around your ankles - they'll drag you down.

4. Respect yourself. Your body is your temple. Take good care of yourself. Eat well. Do some exercise. Pump some iron. Get some good sleep. You will feel better about yourself if you are healthy and well rested. It's a fact if you are unhealthy and don't get enough sleep that you will actually feel much more negative. Don't believe it? Eat rubbish and don't sleep for a week - or do you already do that? (we hope not)

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