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The energy capacity: This is the ability to push on physically. You can harness this ability by eating healthy food. Next, you must purpose to establish a consistent exercising schedule. While at it, set realistic exercise goals and start small. You will keep improving from here.

Emotional Capacity: This is the ability to manage your emotions. If you do not have a proper control over your emotions, you won’t have any control over your life, over your future. While at it, always remember that no one has the right to control your emotions unless you let them to.

Thinking capacity: This is the ability to think differently and effectively. And there is no better way to harness your thinking capacity than immersing yourself in books. Develop a culture of reading at least one chapter of a book daily. This will help you to expand your world view.

The People Capacity: This is the ability to build relationships. It is the ability to be warm. However good you probably are in your life and career, you will always require people around you in order to succeed. Learn to affirm those around you, to appreciate them and view them with positivity.

Creative Capacity: This is the ability to see several options and find relevant answers. People who lack creativity end up being jealous and have scarcity mentality. You have an ability to come up with up to 700 ideas a day. All you need to do is to free up some clatter in your system and create a 20 minutes of meditation time daily. You can opt to have this me-time at a place that inspires you most. Be it a nature walk or even in your bedroom, early in the morning!

Production capacity: This is the ability to accomplish results. In order for you to produce the best results out of your energies, a simple to-do check list might just do you the magic. It will greatly help you scheme out your priorities

Leadership capacity: This is the ability to lift others. Ultimately, leadership is not about positions of appointment, rather it is about the steering, the positive role you play to encourage others, to inspire others. It is about thinking beyond self.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be, these are wise words from Ralph Waldo Emerson, renowned American essayist and philosopher. And in order to become the person that you dream of becoming, you must purpose to execute the following:

Set up Goals: Come up with goals that you project to achieve, both long term and short term. While at it, make sure that you have reasonable timeline for all the goals that you have set for yourself. And don’t forget to always consistently track your progress.

Develop SMART strategies: Come up with strategies that will help you achieve your goals. All your strategies must be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound.

Develop an Ability to smell the Coffee: This world is full of great opportunities that if tapped into could propel you to the next level of success. Always stay on an opportunity-scouting mode for the numerous but workable opportunities around you.

Identify a working team that can push you: Some of the best long distance athletes are pushed by their pacesetters all the way to the finish line. Teamwork is always important in helping you maximize your God-given potentials. Always surround yourself with positive people who will be at hand to assist you in your upward trajectory.

Focus, Determination and Discipline: Always stay focused. Stay on the track no matter what, and remember that discipline will help you avoid any unnecessary distractions that may come your way. It is also important for you to keep in mind that the easiest way that you may lose yourself is when you opt to listen to naysayers. If you opt to listen to them, you will become deaf to success!

Barrie Davenport aptly states, low self-confidence is not a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered just like any other skill. Once you have mastered it, everything in your life will change for the better.

And here is a hard fact; you cannot afford to live with low confidence, because doing so is like driving a car with a handbrake. Confidence will help you to chase away mediocrity, to get great positive results, to acquire high level self-acceptance, to feel sharper, to become even cleverer, and to be more unique and passionate.

So, here are seven tips on how you can build your self-confidence:

Visualize a Higher Version of Who You Want to Become: Envisage a positive image about yourself. If you envision yourself as a top performer, you will eventually become a top performer. And just as Napoleon once said, what your mind conceives and believes, the same mind will achieve it. This is all about the power of perception.

Learn and Do something New: Take a risk and explore new things, new targets, and smile differently, work differently. People who don’t change become salty. Change the restaurant where you take your lunch, go ahead and change your residence.

Affirm yourself: How do you view yourself? This is a very key question towards your confidence building journey. Self-affirmation is simply the recognition and proclamation of the existence and value of an individual self. Keep telling yourself good and positive things. Keep mining the best attributes out of yourself. I am a great person, I am the best that there is, I am a winner, I am extremely handsome, I am amazingly beautiful. Ultimately, you will condition your brain to think and act with this kind of positivity. And when success comes as a result of this positive attitude, take time to celebrate, however minimal this success seems.

Face your Fears Head On: How about you write down on a piece of paper, all the things that you fear most in life. Once you have listed your fears, the next level is now to confront them, one by one. Just like Judy Blume puts it succinctly, “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”

Don’t Compare Yourself with Other People: The worst thing that you can ever do to yourself is to compare yourself with another person. You have to always remember that you are the only version of yourself in the whole world. There is no other person like you, who has ever lived or who will ever live. Again, your sun will rise at its appropriate time, different from the other person. Thus, it is wise to avoid unnecessary competition with your peers, with your colleagues, with your family members. You better learn to compete with only one person in life – yourself

Create personal boundaries: Never allow people to define you or your capacity. Be assertive and learn to go for what you want in life without seeking the approval of everyone around you. Have a total control of your life and break the chains of unrealistic societal expectations that will always turn into a frustrating mirage chase.

Care for yourself: Taking care of your physical self, is important. Exercise more regularly. Be up by 4am and exercise in the morning. Check your sleeping habits too; sleeping early is always a good habit that will offer your body, enough time to relax. Again, always dress the part. This will result to a feel-good effect that will translate to very good levels of self-confidence. Take care too of your emotional and social health; try to avoid people who are always negative, the energy suckers.

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