Maximum Confidence: Proven Scientific Techniques
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Maximize your confidence with a few minor adjustments to your outlook. This course takes you there!
4.4 (17 ratings)
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Last updated 10/2016
Price: $85
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Enjoy a happier life.
  • Enjoy greater self-confidence.
  • Strengthen your self-respect.
  • Improve your relationships.
  • Increase your earning capacity.
  • Enjoy the freedom to follow what makes you happy.
  • Enrich all aspects of your life.
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  • Bring a desire for a better life!

Low confidence has some or many of the following characteristics:

  • reluctance to disagree (tend to agree instead), and tend to take it personally when disagreed with
  • difficulty with assertiveness (passiveness is preferred, or even aggressiveness)
  • a lot of self-doubt, which comes across in (lack of) stating opinions, beliefs, and even likes and dislikes
  • caving in to pressure from others when it comes to choices about your own life
  • living a life below or even far below one's own potential. For example, gifted people with low confidence tend to undermine themselves and choose failure over success
  • a desire to be liked and accepted is stronger than the desire to be true to the self (If I do this thing I want to do, people won't like me.)
  • telling or laughing at jokes that they don't think are funny or are actually mean to certain groups of people, just to try to fit in
  • boastful, arrogant, highly critical of others
  • self-uncertainty; reluctance to ask for help
  • amplified needs for control, inclusion, and affection (reassurance)

Strong confidence has essentially the opposite characteristics:

  • willingness to disagree (politely is a good idea), and don't take it personally when others disagree with them
  • ability to easily state opinions, beliefs, and preferences
  • easily assertive (neither passive NOR aggressive)
  • choosing to live one's own life one's own way rather than trying to please others with personal life choices
  • pushing for success and striving to fully live up to one's potential, even though this may make others uncomfortable
  • the desire to be true to oneself is stronger than the desire to fit in (this is why people with strong confidence will not be liked by everyone, but people with strong confidence are just fine with that)
  • they don't laugh at inappropriate or rude jokes just to fit in
  • not boastful, arrogant or highly critical of others; understanding that everyone has a right to one's own opinions and perspectives
  • self-assuredness; ask for help when they need it
  • needs to exert control over one's own life, be included in the lives of others, and receive reassurance from others are at normal levels

Everyone could use a boost to their self-confidence and self-esteem. Everyone!! This is something that only we can give to ourselves. Our confidence and self-esteem are all about our relationship with ourselves. If we don't improve our relationships with ourselves, no one else can or will. It is entirely up to us.

With improved self-confidence and self-respect, your entire life makes a huge shift for the better. Your relationships improve, your earning potential improves, and you can enjoy greater success in literally every area of your life.

Build self-confidence and self-respect with this easy course. Based in science, this course will give you proven techniques to boost your self-confidence and self-respect.

This course isn't "hacks" that might make you feel more confident for a moment or two, but then that confident feeling fades and you're right back where you started. Instead, this course actually helps you build your self-confidence, self-respect, and self-esteem -- for a lifetime. It helps you improve your relationship with yourself. Once truly built, these characteristics don't disappear. Keep working on these areas, and you will keep improving them! Of course, when you are strong in these areas, there is nothing you can't do! The world is entirely open to you, and you are fully free to follow your heart's happiness.

We've included lectures to help you understand the ideas and perspectives you will need to help you build your self-esteem, and exercises for your own personal growth. Both lecture material and exercises are based in proven techniques from psychology and sports coaching, areas where self-esteem and self-confidence are examined and developed.

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Who is the target audience?
  • For anyone who wants to enjoy a happier life.
  • For anyone who wants more self-confidence.
  • For anyone who wants to build their self-respect.
  • Literally everyone can benefit from this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 01:21:55
Course Introduction
3 Lectures 07:54

Lecture describes the course, what you can expect to get out of it, and the format.

Preview 05:19

What will this course be about?

Why should I take this course?
5 questions
Introduction to Concepts
4 Lectures 13:50
Setting videos to HD 1080P

This lecture introduces the ideas we'll be working with in this course. It provides definitions of confidence, self-esteem, and self-respect, and shows how they work together and what they mean to your life.

Preview 08:04

Help us help you!

Lecture continues the introductory discussion with more on what self-esteem is, and is not.

Self-esteem is a personal, intimate thing. It exists at the core of our being. It is what I think and feel about me, regardless of what anyone else might think of me.

More on What Self-Esteem Is

Quiz 2 covers the basic ideas of this course. It covers definitions of self-esteem and confidence, and ensures you understand the basic definitions.

Defining concepts
7 questions
Accept Your Self
3 Lectures 13:25

Self-acceptance is a very important part of raising your confidence. Refuse to deny or disown any aspect of the self: thoughts, emotions, memories, physical attributes, subpersonalities, actions. It's important to accept all aspects of the self to optimize your self-confidence.

Please find exercises for self-acceptance below.

Also, please find the transcript to this lecture labeled "1. self-acceptance"

Preview 02:21

Own your strengths and your virtues, even if you are gifted. Never downplay or disown any parts of yourself to make others feel more comfortable. When you do this, you undermine your own confidence and ability to trust yourself.

Please find exercises for this theme below.

Also, the transcript for this lecture is below, labeled "2. Own your virtues and assets"

Own your assets, unapologetically!

We've all done things we're not proud of. To maximize our confidence, we must accept those things we've done. We don't have to like them, but we have to accept them. Only in accepting them can we be whole, and we can only maximize our confidence if we are whole.

Exercises for this area are below.

Also, the transcript for this lecture is below, labeled "3. Integrate fractured aspects of yourself"

Admit the ugly truths of your life, and accept them
Live Consciously
3 Lectures 13:40

When you live your life with integrity, you are someone you can respect. This builds confidence.

Please find exercises for this area below.

Also, below is a transcript for this lecture, labeled "4. Live with integrity"

Live with Honesty, Integrity, Rationality

Know the importance of being awake and fully conscious in your life, rather than living in a cloud (which is more comfortable and convenient). If you want to achieve maximum confidence, it's important to accept the truths of your life and the people in it.

This lecture's transcript is below, labeled "5. Live consciously-accept uncomf truths"

Pay attention to the realities of your life

We are responsible for all aspects of our own lives and our own existence. To maximize your confidence, you must take full responsibility for all aspects of your life.

This lecture's transcript is below, labeled "6. We are responsible for our existence"

We are responsible for our existence, our choices, our feelings and emotions,
Know Yourself
3 Lectures 09:42

To honor your own truths is to live authentically. This is a very important part of building your confidence.

This lecture's transcript is below, labeled "7. Live authentically"

Live Authentically

Part of maximizing your confidence is determining which values and beliefs that you uphold are actually your own, and which belong to other people that you've been taught to uphold and enforce. Identify, uphold and enforce your own!

Please find this lecture's transcript below, labeled "8. Appropriately assess our own behavior"

Know Your Own Values and Priorities

Be careful with your judgments of yourself and others. Practice compassion in evaluating the behaviors of others and your own behaviors.

Please find the transcript of this lecture below, labeled "9. Know your truth"

Know your Truth
Know Your Place Among Others
3 Lectures 08:10

Part of building your confidence is learning to let others be. Practice benevolence in your perceptions of others.

This lecture's transcript is labeled "10. Live benevolently" and is found below.

Live Benevolently

In building confidence, it's important to understand your rightful place in the world. This means living your life with the primary guiding principle of not always putting yourself before others, or always putting others before yourself.

Please find the transcript for this lecture below, labeled "11. Uphold rational self-interest"

Uphold rational self-interest as a guiding principle

For maximum confidence, it's important to demonstrate the same respect for yourself as you demonstrate for others.

Please find this lecture's transcript below, labeled "12. Respect yourself as you respect others"

Respect the Self
Success and Building Confidence
1 Lecture 03:48

Having success is important to maximizing your confidence. The more success you have at something, the more confidence you have at that thing. Set yourself up for success, even if those successes are small ones.

This lecture's transcript can be found below, and is labeled "13. Success breeds confidence."

Preview 03:48
Practical Applications
2 Lectures 09:11
Public Speaking

Job Interview
1 Lecture 00:37
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Bonus section
1 Lecture 02:16
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You can be confident that all of my courses come from solid science or unique personal experience, and you will know the difference. For example, there is no science for freelancing tips, and at the same time, I wouldn't dare create a course on confidence, assertiveness, or relationships based on personal experience. Instead, as a PhD, you can be confident that the material I bring to you is grounded in solid science, and is the result of years of scientific research. These are not university courses of course, as they are a lot shorter and a lot simpler here. But I do take pride in creating university-quality courses for my Udemy students. What you get from my courses is complete confidence that the material I offer you is solid and accurate, according to the science on the specific topic. It is not my own opinion. I always do a lot of homework to bring to you the very best courses I can, that are based in solid research and fully backed by science. So the information you learn in my courses isn't just "what my Udemy teacher said," but rather you can be confident that what you get in my courses is "what the science says." This is a really important feature that separates my courses from most of the other courses on Udemy. Everyone has a perspective, and sometimes those perspectives are insightful. But in the end, those are just personal perspectives, and are no different from everyone else's. If you want to be able to rely on the information you receive in your course as accurate and valid in general as the science has shown, instead of being true only for the person teaching the course, then my courses are a good fit for you!

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