Confidence on the inside

When you begin building confidence on the inside, you inventory all the things you do well, from tying your shoelace to helping your mom cross the street to making a great cherry pie to sneezing really well.

Everybody does something well, and the place to begin building confidence is on that sturdy foundation of being able to do something — anything — with a degree of proficiency.

If you can't think of one thing you do well, then you're probably having a pity party, which is toxic for confidence. You're also not looking at yourself objectively, so have a friend help you recognize your talents. If a friend's not available, ask your mother, who probably loves everything you do. If that doesn't work, immediately turn to Chapter 3 to understand why pity parties are toxic. If that doesn't work, see a therapist.

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