How to Feel Good About Yourself 197

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You may be considered successful, have many things to do, and friends, and a family, and a big house. But that doesn’t mean you like the person you’ve become, feel comfortable in your skin or have confidence.

I see so many people that look like they got it all, but when you notice the details, they don’t really feel good about themselves.
And that means they are not happy with their life.

Let’s not become them.

This is what you should do in order to have a great opinion of yourself (and thus change the way people look at you, how you perform at work, and boost your confidence):

13 Steps to Feeling Good About Yourself

1. Accept yourself.

You are who you are. You may change that soon, but at this very moment you’re that version of yourself. And before you accept it, you won’t be able to make any progress.

Accept your past, with all the mistakes and failures. They are a part of you but that doesn’t mean they will be repeated. Let what has already happened be. But it doesn’t have any place in your present.

2. Don’t let others put you down.

People will try to discourage you, talk you out of something you’re up to, tell you you’re crazy to think in a certain way, etc.

It’s your choice whether you’ll listen to them or go chase your dreams.

3. Focus on your positive qualities.

Everyone has good and bad sides. They are who you are, true. But the best you can do to feel better about yourself is to pay attention to the good ones – your skills, things you’re good at, things that others like about you and basically everything that’s optimistic and makes you feel good.

4. Give yourself compliments.

Instead of waiting for others to do that, why don’t you start noticing your good attributes and what you like about your appearance, character or way of thinking, and have it in mind more often?

5. Remember that what you think about yourself is most important.

Others don’t have a saying in this. It’s your life and your choices.

As soon as you realize that the only approval you need is yours, you’ll feel free as a bird, more confident, and will achieve much more.

Listening to others only makes you upset.

6. Work out.

Not only will you look better, but you’ll also be motivated, disciplined, live more healthy, and become confident and proud of yourself once you see results.

Find a sport you like and dedicate time to it. It’s absolutely worth it.

7. Constantly improve yourself.

Be okay with who you are but never stop challenging yourself and looking for ways to grow.

8. Wear clothes that make you feel good.

Appearance matters. And if you like what you see in the mirror, you’ll definitely have a better opinion of yourself.

Most people never realize that they’re wearing clothes that don’t show what they have, and make them look bad.

9. Don’t be afraid to talk about your accomplishments.

We’re taught not to brag, but these days people are afraid to even mention their successes because they may seem overconfident.

But what’s wrong with saying that you’ve worked hard on something, you’ve been promoted, lost weight, won a match?
Or even that you think you look better than you did a year ago, your muscles are bigger, you can run for miles without getting exhausted, have a lot of free time with your new job, have the perfect partner, etc.?

10. Personal hygiene.

That’s an important one. It always feels good to be clean and neat all the time. Don’t underestimate it.

11. Help others.

That will make you feel good about yourself too.

12. Learn new skills.

You’ll become more intelligent, open-minded, communicative and way more interesting if you learn new languages, try new sports, can play a musical instrument, hold a speech, cook, or else.

13. Work on your goals.

Last but not least, never stop doing something small every day in order to achieve what you’ve always wanted.

After considering some of these things, you can be sure that you’ll feel much better about yourself. And your life will change drastically.

Once I finished making this list I realized that these are just the things I’m doing with my life. Some of them I started recently, but just knowing that I’m working on some or all of these items makes me feel good about myself.
Hope you’ll feel this way too.

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!


This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.