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Lisa is doing 33 things including…

be more confident

34 cheers


Lisa has written 21 entries about this goal

Done <3

I am more confident! :)
I am going back to school and truly believe that I can succeed in whatever I set my mind to doing and I know I can do well :) I can make a good life for myself and trust my choices.


I’m finding myself in a tough position of lacking confidence. I had a job soon after I graduated from college, i’d rather not say what the field is. It didn’t go so well, now I am so afraid to go back to the environment where I didn’t feel good about myself and that I lacked skills to do the job. I am having a hard time deciding what I really want to do with my life. My own mom just said I was afraid to ask the right questions at my last job, it’s hard to get the criticism from my mom. I tell her all my insecurities and its hard when she says just what the others say, I’m hurt.


Since I’ve been doing well at my new job I am becoming a much more confident woman. I feel it.

Confidence.. is the key

confidence is key to a happy life. I believe. I had someone recently criticize me, it could have been constructive or whatever.. but I initially took it as insulting and condescending.. and I think when you have confidence these negative remarks sort of slip off you because you think highly of yourself. I am trying to look at the comment as nothing and something to consider but not to let it hinder my confidence or abilities. I think it’s working so far, I watched an episode of ‘Canada’s next top model’ and Meaghan hadn’t been doing a good photoshoot but it wasn’t her fault but the fault of her hair and makeup, it wasn’t her modeling abilities, it was other factors. Anyways she started taking the comments inward, like hair not good, makeup not good, etc.. they had to re do it many times. Then something was said to her.. and made her feel horrible and the lack of confidence she had made her feel badly about herself when it wasn’t her fault. Her pictures turned out weak and she looked sad so the judges told her to work on her confidence and gave her another chance. I recommend everyone here watch that episode it taught me a lot about confidence and self esteem. so in the meantime I’ll work on building up a wall of confidence no one can break down and try to remain strong. We can’t help what people think or say about us, but we can decide and control how we react to it.


In my opinion confidence is fluid. Much like a lot of other things in our lives. It changes based on our experiences and it’s hard to maintain confidence when things aren’t going well. But now I think I have more confidence in myself than I have had in a long time. I think over the years I have improved my confidence and tried things I thought I couldn’t handle, and did. But I am not ready to scratch this off my list just yet. I don’t really know when the right time will be, hopefully someday. When I feel like there’s nothing that would hold me back from achieving my dreams then I will. Lack of confidence and self doubt are still in the picture. I want to be rid of them and believe that I am capable of many things and in control of my life before this comes off my list.

More confidence = happier

I feel so much more confident since adopting this goal. At the beginning of college I felt so much lower than some of my peers, not good enough for them, wishing I could be in that “cool” group in school. Well now I am in that group and feeling so good about myself. I have a good social life, I can’t imagine it being better. Sure there are days I feel down but in all I feel like I really like who I am and where I am in my life. I feel like I could very well do anything I set my mind to if I try really hard and have the passion for it.


getting better. I have actually come to accept some things about myself that have held me back for years. I am so happy about that. and academically I am doing really well, and I am hanging out with friends a lot. I’m feeling pretty confident right now :)


getting more confident :D I’ve made a lot of progress on this. good luck everyone in finding yourselves :)


I feel… amazing! Lately I have been hanging around with the right kind of friend. She likes to do different things, very outgoing and takes me out of my shell, I feel more outgoing myself when I’m around her and its rubbed off on me when I’m with others too!(this has been a long time problem with me, feeling shy and quiet now I feel better), she makes me feel special and its fun!
I have also been getting the support I need from my sister. I noticed one night after blabbing about my low confidence, that hey! “you have good confidence” so I asked her if we could do this 2 times a week meeting kind of thing where we discuss my confidence, thats the topic. And she assigns me thing to do that will boost it. Like one day it was find 10 songs that make you feel good, read this book in one week, read the newspaper! things like that that DO actually have results on my confidence.
So right now I feel amazing, let’s keep this up! the good thing is that part of this boost is because of my new friend and part is from my meetings with my sister, so its not like all my dependence for self esteem is on my friend. Never can put everything into one friendship, just in case..

Keeping up your appearance

I agree with LeopardxLiz’s comment, if you find something you look good in or take a risk, it makes you feel better. Just last weekend i spent a lot of time in the mall and felt really good about myself. I had bought a new jacket that I feel really good in and had a nice purse, walking along in the mall I felt like a million dollars and I love shopping so my mood was good. Invest in clothes you feel good in and it will make you feel more confident for sure.

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