Dare to be Original
It's not easy to be yourself. At home, you can relax, but once you go out that door, it's a whole other matter. You feel the need to behave and dress a certain way. You're less open with your preferences and opinions, especially when dealing with strangers. It's not easy to be original.
All during your school years, there's immense pressure to fit in. Those that are original are fodder for bullies in the educational system.
But as an adult, there is much to be gained if you dare to be original.
Secretly, we all admire those brave enough to be themselves. Many of the most creative people are the most highly valued.
You don't get to become a CEO, or successful actor, musician, or artist without the courage to be yourself.
There are many benefits to being original, both professional and social!
Feel better about yourself and enhance your life by daring to be original:
1. Rely on your instincts and intuition.
Two things that makes you original are your instincts and your intuition. They are yours and yours alone. Both are based upon your unique experiences and view of the world.
Anytime you learn something new, you're affected. That knowledge influences your perspective.
Start small and rely on your gut to make small decisions for you. Try going for a drive and allow your intuition to guide you. Take the turns in the road that just "feel" right to you.
Trust your gut when you lack sufficient information.
2. Change your clothing.
Do you dress the way you prefer, or do you dress to fit in or to impress others? This isn't a suggestion to wear a miniskirt or a purple suit to your bank job, but outside of work, you're largely free to do as you please. Dress to impress yourself.
Be more flexible with your hairstyle and facial hair, too.
3. Share your opinions openly.
There's no reason to tell your office mate that her new hairstyle reminds you of a housewife from the 50's. However, you can freely share your opinions on less personal things.
Be open regarding your taste in movies, music, food, and other similar topics. Allow others to see the real you.
4. Be kind to those that are brave enough to be original, too.
If you're critical of others, you'll be afraid of receiving the same treatment. This will stifle your freedom to be yourself.
That acquaintance with the green hair, eight cats, and smells like potpourri? Be accepting.
5. Be willing to make mistakes.
Make decisions as wisely as possible, but make them and do your best. If you're afraid of making mistakes, you'll never be original.
6. You have nothing to lose.
The late Steve Jobs stated, "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
In 100+ years, there will no one left on Earth that ever saw you or spoke to you in the flesh. There's no reason not to be yourself and enjoy the time you have.
7. Spend more time with your best friends.
Part of the reason you like those people so much is your ability to you be yourself around them. It's refreshing, and you feel better about yourself.
So, why not spend more time with them? You might develop the habit of being yourself.
Isn't it time be your true self?
You've been living as a shadow of yourself for too long. Realize that life is short and being anything other than your true self is being less than you can be. Be brave and show the world who you really are.
7 Ways to Feel More Confident About Your Physical Appearance
Feeling confident about your physical appearance is something that many people struggle with. It normally starts during the teenage years, and can be very difficult to overcome.
While adults tend to get more confidence as they grow older, this doesn’t always apply to how they feel about the way they look. Here are some things you can do to improve that:
1. Go to the gym
Not only will you be able to tone up, but you'll feel better about yourself knowing that you're working hard to achieve something and actually use your body.
Exercise releases endorphins too which will naturally make you feel happier.
2. Make a list of things you like
You probably already have a mental list of the things you don't like about your appearance, but what about the things you do like?
There's always at least one thing that people like about themselves, so spend half an hour looking in the mirror and making your list.
3. Change the things you can
Rather than dwelling on the things you don't like about yourself, recognize the ones you have some control over and start changing them bit by bit.
If you bite your fingernails and don't like the look of your hands, stop biting them and start looking after them more. If you don't like your hair, look into options for different styles and colors.
4. Surround yourself with positive people
Don't surround yourself with people who talk negatively about themselves or about you and other people.
Talking to people who constantly put themselves down can make you feel worse about yourself too.
You can feel better about yourself if you take time to relax and look after your body. Take part in meditation classes, go for regular massages, have a bath at the end of a long day or treat yourself to some new cosmetic products.
6. Buy a new wardrobe
You can feel bad about the way you look if you're wearing old clothes or clothes which don't fit you properly anymore.
Go out with a friend one weekend and buy yourself a new wardrobe for the upcoming season.
7. Smile more
When you smile more, you will automatically become more attractive, both to yourself when you look in the mirror and to the people around you.
This will lead to more compliments which will always boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about yourself.
Learn more here in my online self help super-site about How to build self confidence
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