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No matter how skillful you are, if you are not confident enough to present those skills in front of the world, you can’t be successful. Being confident is not only necessary for excelling in your professional life; it helps you balance your personal life as well.

If you want to master the art of self-confidence, here are some scientifically proven ways to do so:

1. Spend some time on Facebook.

Usually, people keep asking you to get off Facebook, but spending some time on Facebook can help boost your self-confidence. According to a research conducted by Cornell researchers, spending some time on your Facebook wall can increase your self-esteem.

As a part of their experiment, they made 63 Cornell students sit in front of computers at university’s Social Media Lab. While some were let free to use Facebook, some were not. They were given a self-confidence based questionnaire later and the people who browsed their Facebook profiles has much more positive feedback compared to the other lot. Clearly, spending time on Facebook is not that bad.

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2. Burn some calories daily.

Staying fit is essential for your self-confidence. Obese people lack confidence because they are too conscious and insecure about the way they look. Moreover, a study carried out by a Canadian Children’s Hospital suggests that overweight teens feel less confident academically, compared to the ones who weigh normal.

As a part of this study, 30 adolescent children were asked to choose between riding a stationary cycle or playing a video game. After the activity, they were asked to rate how competent they felt. Teens who’d elected to ride the cycle rated themselves much higher than the ones who’d opted to play video games.

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3. Learn a new fun skill.

Learning a new skill not only keeps you occupied in your free time, but also boosts your self-confidence.

According to a research by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, learning a new language or working on your math skills is believed to make you more confident. They also found that people who take an adult learning course are less likely to get depressed than others.

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4. Talk to yourself.

You read it right. Talking to yourself can pump up your confidence levels. Constantly reassuring and telling yourself “you’ve got this” for instance, can help you go a long way.

According to Authors Geoffrey L. Cohen and David K. Sherman, “Timely affirmations have been shown to improve education, health, and relationship outcomes, with benefits that sometimes persist for months and years.”


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5. Visualize your ultimate goal.

Picturing yourself actually reaching your ultimate goal is proven to have many psychological benefits.

The Lerner Research Institute found out that when weightlifters imagined lifting hundreds of pounds successfully, it made their minds believe that they were actually lifting those pounds. Believing that they have successfully achieved their goal helped them gain some extra self-confidence.

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