Short messages on Confidence from Respect Yourself, the guidance site for young people to help make good decisions in life.

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It’s okay to say “no”

Having the strength to say no can be hard, but it can also make you feel good to stick with what you believe in. Explain in a calm way why you don’t want to be part of something, and you might earn respect from others and gain confidence in yourself.


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Keep learning

Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun. Try something new, or rediscover an old interest. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving.


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Read more about the article Learn to trust yourself
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Learn to trust yourself

Self-esteem rises when you know you can trust yourself, when you trust your own instincts and intuition over the ideas of others, and when you’ve proven to yourself that you can face disappointment and frustration without becoming destabilised.


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Hone your strengths

Cultivate extra self-confidence by choosing one item from your “strengths list” and honing it further until it turns into something you can be even more proud of. Actively direct your attention to creating the kind of experiences you want in life and becoming the person you want to be.


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Low self-esteem can have many causes

Low self-esteem can have many causes, none of which are your fault. A traumatic experience where you haven’t received the proper support, or you feel judged or blamed for the event, or you felt lonely and abandoned afterwards, can lower self-esteem.


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