This year I committed to having more confidence, what steps can I take to make it last all year?
First, give yourself a big round of applause for committing to have more confidence this year. Identifying that area of self-improvement and setting such a personal goal is half the battle! You’ve made the resolution, now what? Remember that confidence is cultivated over time—it’s not something that you can achieve overnight. It takes work, focus and patience, especially if you have acne scars. If you’re suffering from the physical and emotional impact of your scarring, it can constantly feel like a daily battle, where maintaining a healthy level of self-confidence seems impossible. Don’t fret! Here is a list of the top five ways to help you stay focused and maintain your positive self-confidence throughout 2015. Happy New Year!
- Create a list of ways you can improve your confidence. Create a mini-list or monthly benchmark for yourself. Think of it this way: you can’t just jump on a treadmill and run a six minute mile without training for months, you need to make slow, steady progress. It’s important to set mini goals and track them to accomplish the greater mission.
- Get into a routine. People are creatures of habit, and once something becomes habitual we tend to get used to that specific procedure. The best advice I can offer is every morning you wake up, make a verbal commitment to love yourself, then give yourself a hug and mentally say the word “YES!” This daily ritual may surprise you, and it’s a great way to start your day and make loving yourself a habit.
- Keep track of your progress. Whether it’s through pictures or a daily journal, make note of your journey to a more confident self. What did you accomplish in a day? Did you go a whole day without making a negative comment about your appearance? Witnessing yourself making strides will offer positive reinforcement, and keep you motivated to continue working toward your ultimate goal.
- Find a friend that has a similar goal. Two is better than one! It’s more fun to work toward a specific goal with a close friend than alone. Everyone wants to feel like the most confident version of themselves, so talk to people in your friend group and see if they have similar ambitions for the New Year. Maybe you make pact with a companion to see how many days in a row you can go without saying something negative about your physical or emotional self.
- Be patient. Things take time, and you might not succeed right away, but don’t get discouraged. You won’t find your dream job in one day or quit that bad habit immediately—patience is a virtue. The more patient you are, the more likely you’ll cope with the bad and accept the good.
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