Confidence comes from within. It is not about certain behaviors, tricks, or hacks. It’s not about just appearing more confident or acting more confidently. It's not a certain mindset. It’s about knowing who you are. When you possess confidence, you don’t have to try to appear confident. Your confidence simply shines through, whether you know it or not!
That is what this course is about. Every single person on this planet could use at least a little more confidence. Every single one.
True confidence, the kind we are talking about in this course and want to teach you, comes from within. It comes from a deeper knowledge of who you are as a human being. When you know who you are and are comfortable with that person, you naturally exude true confidence. You don’t have to think about it.
You become a better person when your confidence improves. As your confidence builds, you will find yourself kinder and more accepting of others. You will be less jealous and envious. You will naturally be more assertive, ensuring your needs are met through appropriate communication behaviors that support your own needs without harming others. Your relationships will automatically improve because you are a better, healthier, and stronger person. The little things won’t bother you so much. You will spend a lot less time in frustration, irritation, and anger, and a lot more time in peace and acceptance. When your inner core is stronger, your entire life improves.
At the same time, most of us suffer from at least some degree of low self-esteem. Our lives have brought difficulties that we have not had the strength or the tools to manage in a healthy way, so we have fallen victim to them. Our self-esteem has suffered. We have developed shortcomings and hang-ups. We have become insecure in some or many ways. Most of us go through our entire lives with the same low level of self-esteem we came out of childhood with—which is simply tragic. Some of us sink even further because of adult failures. We know we have low self-esteem, but we don’t know what to do about it! And it seems like strengthening our self-esteem is so much work and so difficult. We don’t want to trudge through our painful experiences to try to sort them out in order to build our self-esteem, so we just continue through life with low self-esteem. The problem with that is that low self-esteem actually harms us in so many ways. We choose the company of others with low self-esteem, both personal and professional, perpetuating our own low level and preventing us from improving. We try to climb out of the low self-esteem hole by seeking the company of those we admire, but they don’t want to be around us so they leave us behind. We are left to ourselves, in our own stinky pile of goo, aware that we have low self-esteem but helpless to improve it. We become comfortable in our low level of self-esteem, refusing to take real steps to build it because we don’t want to go through the pain that’s buried deep in our psyches, and we believe this is the only way out.
The good news that we present to you today is that you don’t have to endure the pain of reliving your most damaging experiences in order to strengthen your self-esteem! Just take this course! Listen to the lectures and if you really want to make the most of the course, do the exercises. Even if you do just a few exercises, your self-esteem and self-confidence will improve dramatically. The more exercises you do—and they are not difficult exercises—the stronger and healthier you will become! It really is that simple! Achieve your wildest dreams! Don’t let anything hold you back! These are the benefits of strong self-esteem and self-confidence.
This course comes directly from science. It is the result of many years of research and clinical psychology practice and findings. None of this information is just some random person’s ideas about what builds confidence. Instead, these techniques, tips, and strategies come from the very best scientific sources. This separates this course from every other course out there that claims to boost your confidence. These are tested strategies that have improved the lives of many many people by strengthening them from within. These strategies will help you too!
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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.
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
and feel about
me, regardless of what
anyone else might think of me.
Quiz 2 covers the basic ideas of this course. It covers definitions of self-esteem and confidence, and ensures you understand the basic definitions.
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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.
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"
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"
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."
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