I’ve come to realize that self-confidence is one of the components of positivity. To be optimistic about the future, you have to believe that you’ll be able to handle it.
So I wasn’t surprised to find rules for increasing self-confidence in Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. Here are six of the secular ones:
- Imagine what success would look like. Your brain will automatically work to make it a reality.
- When you think a negative thought, counter it with a positive one. (It’s raining, but at least I get to use my new umbrella!)
- Don’t ignore your troubles, but don’t inflate them into huge obstacles, either.
- Be yourself: don’t try to imitate other people.
- If you feel inferior to others, figure out why. (Knowing thyself is so important.)
- Do an honest assessment of your abilities, then add 10 percent.
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