“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

Norman Vincent Peale


Some call it self-assurance; others call it boldness or self-confidence- at the end of the day it is a mental ornament that is much required to carry on with life successfully. There are many reasons one must be confident in themselves which include the fact that a lack of belief in one’s capabilities is a sure guaranty for utter failure. As the saying goes, “the most beautiful woman is the one who believes that is beautiful”.

How we think of ourselves can be quite easily perceived by others. If you do not respect and believe in yourself, how can you expect that of others? Imagine a musician performing on stage who hates the songs he plays and yawns at every possible break to show tiredness and boredom- off course his audience will also lose interest in the whole affair. So, if you want to be listened to and respected as well as love you must respect, listen to and love yourself first.

The secret to loving yourself lies in self-care. Every human being demands good exercise and food is paramount to looking and feeling good which consequently is a magnet for good company usually consisting of similar people.

Confident people aren’t resistant to negative self-talk, but they also acknowledge and value their strengths.

What can you do to build confidence in yourself? Learn to value your own opinion and recognize that it must not be validated to be proven correct. After all, many successes where introduced by rejection.

Finally, learn to identify your best qualities as a person and put yourself in the position to flaunt them to the benefit of others as well as yourself.

To your success,


Susan Delano Swim