how to be more confident

One of the things that held me back from pursuing my dreams for many years was fear of failure…and the lack of self-confidence that  I needed to overcome that fear. It’s something we all face, to some degree, I think. The key question: how do you overcome that fear?

By working on your self-confidence and self-esteem. Without really thinking of it in those terms, that’s what I’ve been doing over the years, and that’s what helped me finally overcome my fears, and finally pursue my dreams.

Anyone can learn how to be confident – even those who really don’t have any faith in themselves! It’s a question of practice; even if you have to fake it to begin with, by acting confident you’ll gradually feel more at ease and will eventually start to believe it. So if you need to believe in yourself more, here’s how to get that confidence boost.

Make A List Of Your Plus Points
Start by making a list of your plus points. Yes, you do have them, so don’t be modest! If you find it a challenge, imagine that you were writing about a friend, or that a friend was writing about you. You’ve got a lot of great qualities, so remind yourself exactly what they are – and keep reminding yourself.

Think Of What You Have Already Achieved
You might feel that you haven’t really achieved much to date, or think more about the things that you haven’t achieved. But instead of being so down on yourself, think of what you have already achieved. Remind yourself of your successes, and you’ll realize that you’ve already done quite a lot; this will make you feel more confident.

Remember That Everyone Has Self-Doubts
Everyone has doubt about themselves; even the highest achievers aren’t full of confidence all the time. So it’s perfectly understandable that you would feel this way. It doesn’t make you inferior to anyone else, it makes you normal. So if you feel those nagging doubts creeping in, acknowledge them but don’t let them destroy your confidence.

Getting Things Wrong Helps You To Get Things Right
Our confidence can often take a hit when we get things wrong. But I’m a firm believer that even messing up can be useful. Getting things wrong can help us to get things right next time; making mistakes is how we learn. So don’t let mistakes or bad experiences shake your confidence – you can still turn them into something positive.

Venture Outside Your Comfort Zone – Even If It’s Just A Little
Another way to boost your confidence is to step outside your comfort zone. Some people find they have to take big leaps; others prefer baby steps. Do whatever is right for you. By pushing yourself just that little bit, you find that you can survive things you thought you wouldn’t be able to cope with – and that will give you the confidence to do the same thing again.

Accept A Compliment
It’s a very British thing to try to negate a compliment; we feel embarrassed about agreeing with someone that we look good or have done well. And we’re probably not alone. If you tend to do yourself down when someone compliments you, stop it – they mean what they say, so accept it graciously and be happy that they wanted to say something nice.

Change Your Style Or Have A Makeover
One confidence boost that shouldn’t be underrated is to have a makeover. Whether it’s getting some help from a personal shopper (department stores often provide this as a free service), finding some really flattering makeup, or having a fab new haircut, changing your appearance can make you feel fantastic.

So start giving your confidence a well-deserved boost with these tips! Do you have any other tips of your own you would like to share with us? Share in the comments section below!

best acne treatments

If you suffer from acne like I do, chances are you’ve tried a ton of things to make it go away. Learning more about the various types of treatments can help you make better choices for your skin. There are several different options for whatever specific acne woes are ailing you. Check out this easy to understand information and I bet you’ll be ready to try something new in no time. Of course, you should talk it over with your dermatologist before putting anything new on your acne.

Moderate Acne May Require A Prescription Treatment
If you have acne that’s a bit more persistent, a prescription might be necessary to get rid of your breakouts. There are loads of choices and your dermatologist will help you figure out which one is best for you by asking you questions about your breakouts and having a look at your skin. Together, you can agree on a product that will help treat your acne.
Gels Are Great Topical Treatments
No matter what type of acne you have, a topical gel is a great choice. They battle moderate acne, but can also be effective for mild breakouts. They soothe the acne and help alleviate swelling, which can make you more comfortable and make it easy to cover the acne with make-up. Dab the gel on affected areas and you’re good to go.
For Occasional Breakouts, The Drugstore Is Fine
If you only break out now and then or just get one single zit at a time, you’re fine to grab something from the drugstore. You need a zit zapping product that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which are both ingredients that help stop a zit from getting bigger and helps it heal faster. Keep a tube on hand so you’re always ready when a pimple crops up.
Sometimes, You Should Look For An All-Over Product
If your acne is unpredictable and can crop up anywhere, you need a product that is meant for use all over. This helps treat the breakouts that are already there, but also helps treat and prevent those that haven’t started yet. Look for a pimple treatment that is designed for use on all skin and apply it regularly.
Look For A Product That Is Meant To Go On In Layers
Many acne medications are meant to be used in small amounts to start, then layered on as you build your routine. Look for a product with instructions that tell you to start with a very thin layer of acne medication. Over time, you’ll put on a bit more to keep up with the results.
Acute And Severe Acne Needs An Oral Medication
If you have really bad acne, your dermatologist might prescribe an oral medication. These are generally meant to treat hormonal issues that cause the acne in addition to helping alleviate the actual breakout. Make sure you follow the dosage directions exactly for the best results.
Find An Acne Treatment That Is Meant For Your Skin Type
As with any skincare product, it’s a good idea to find one that is meant for your skin type. Treating acne on oily skin is a bit different than treating it on dry skin, so taking this into account can speed and boost your results.

How do you treat your acne? Are you hoping one of these items will make it even better? Share in the comments section below!