Confidence Archives – Self Determined Life

Why entrepreneurs need to understand mental toughness, peak performance and stress

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Stress is our response to circumstances that we perceive as threats. Usually this means that we don’t feel as if we have the resources to cope. For entrepreneurs or business people, these circumstances might be external, such as financial pressures or problems with clients or suppliers, but they can also, and very often do, come … Read more

Coping with loss of confidence and other struggles

This is the first of a regular series of curated content pieces on This week, the focus is on confidence. The articles I’ve chosen cover a whole range of aspects of the topic: losing confidence, standing up to others, managing our self-talk, dealing with fear and facing the anxiety of competition. We’ll kick off … Read more

Confidence building activities that really work

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I’m often asked about to suggest some effective confidence building activities for readers or clients to try. The first point I always make is that the clue here is in the third word: activities. Confidence building is largely about the actions you take. It is important to remember this because when considering how to increase … Read more

Transition and change: understanding the process of change over time


Sometimes change just happens to us and sometime it is something we intentionally bring about. Intentional change can involve: altering our circumstances, such as deciding to changing jobs, relocate or end relationships, altering something internal to ourselves, such as the way we habitually think, or the way that we respond to events emotionally, or altering … Read more

The truth about how to be confident

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If you are looking for information online about how to be confident, these are some of the suggested confidence building activities you’ll find: Be positive Banish negative thinking Smarten up and dress more stylishly Change your body language Don’t accept failure Don’t give up. These are all great suggestions – for somebody who is in … Read more