For this article I was inspired by the #GoldenInsecurities initiative of @dystopiaglory. Please check out the project, it is amazing!

We can all be very insecure from time to time (including me obviously). So tips on how to be confident are great. I try to follow these tips as often as I can. And so should you, because feeling good about yourself really helps in life. How could it be that some people always seem to get things to work out in a great way. Most of the time it is imply because they are confident.

Stand up straight and smile

girl, black and white, and smile image bird, photography, and black and white image Temporarily removed girl, smile, and beautiful image

According to science smiling actually makes you feel happier, because of the connection of the brain between physical motion and emotions. The same is true for your posture. When you feel down, you naturally have your shoulders down more. So if you want to feel mpre confident: act more confident by standing up straight and smiling.

Try taking risks

"Take the risk. If you win, you'll be happy. If you lose, you'll be wise." -Anonymous

If you keep doing the things you are afraid of, you grow as a person. And with each fear you overcome, you'll feel better about yourself. If you do something new or scary, you learn about the world and how people work. Keep pushing your borders!

Accept compliments

This is difficult, because you're probably skilled in seeing the negative in compliments or not even hearing them. You should give yourself the permission to feel good and to hear all the positive things others have to say about you.

Choose the right friends

Temporarily removed quotes and friends image

The positive energy you can get from hanging out with your best friends is so valueable. Their positivity will also make you feel good. Did you know that the way you see your life is based on the five most important people in your life? So you'd better choose friends that support and appreciate you for who you are. Negative people can make you feel insecure and sad. So choose your friends wisely: hang around with positive confident people and you'll start to feel like that too.

Banish negative thoughts

"Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts." -marcandangel

According to research 90% of our thoughts are negative. If you try to stop yourself from thinking negative things about yourself, you'll start to believe in them and eventually feel more confident. This might seem hard, but if you keep trying, I'm sure you'll be much better at thinking positive thoughts. Keeping a gratitude journal might help you. And remember: fake it till you make it!

Stop caring about what other people think

"Once you are not dependent of other people's approval or validation, you are unstoppable" -Valeria Lipovetsky

People have the tendency to constantly think about how others feel about them. But that is completely unnessesary, because you might think you are the center of other peoples universe, but usually you are not. Others are just as busy with their lives as you are with your own. So stop overthinking what others might find and start putting that energy in things that make you happy!

And please remember: you are amazing, just the way you are!

I hope these tips were useful for you. Feel free to send me a message if you did. I'd love to hear from you!

Did you enjoy reading this article? Then you might like my other articles too. I linked them below.