What You Should Know About Developing Your Teens’ Self-Confident Mentality

This guest post is by Emily-Anne Rigal, the sixteen-year-old founder of WeStopHate, a nonprofit program created to raise teen-esteem through online videos and social media.

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Developing and maintaining self-confidence is a life long journey. That is why even the most self-confident people have their moments of doubt and uncertainty. Nevertheless, there are many things you can do to help your teen to have a solid foundation of a self-confident mentality. This way they can conquer their insecurities and feel proud of who they are!

The key phrase to remember is “take credit.” Rather than overlook positive accomplishments, it is important to take pride in them. For example, when someone you know gives you a compliment instead of disagreeing with them, smile and accept their kind words. It is equally important that you are as kind and generous as possible because knowing you have done something good will make you feel good about yourself. Furthermore, by focusing on making a positive contribution to the world, you will stop worrying about your own flaws.

A good way to empower yourself is through constant daily reminders. You can say a positive affirmation to yourself in the mirror every day when you wake up or you can set your cell phone background to an inspiration phrase. By having a background with an encou

raging message, you will be reminded to be confident in yourself every single time you check your phone throughout the day. Repetition, such as seeing that same phrase over and over again, is extremely powerful and can truly alter your mindset.

Being grateful is the key to happiness, and a fundamental characteristic of a self-confident outlook.  At the root of insecurity and lack of confidence is a tendency of feeling that you do not have enough of something. By acknowledging and appreciating what you do have, you can combat the feeling of being incomplete and unsatisfied. The best way to avoid dwelling on your flaws is to consciously focusing on gratitude. Set aside time each day to mentally list everything you have to be grateful for. Not only will you be surprised with how much you have, but more importantly, you will be motivated to take that next stop towards success.

Some self-esteem techniques may work for you and your teen and some may not. It is important to modify this self-esteem process to your own personal preferences. You can mix and match until you can get a good handle on yourself. Though this may take time, it will surely be beneficial once you discover what works best for you. Lastly, remember to have fun and not take things too seriously. You will find that the more your focus on becoming the best, most confident version of you, the better every thing in your life will become!

This guest post is by Emily-Anne Rigal, the sixteen-year-old founder of WeStopHate, a nonprofit program created to raise teen-esteem through online videos and social media.

2 thoughts on “What You Should Know About Developing Your Teens’ Self-Confident Mentality”

  1. I strongly agree that learning to accept compliments is important. Too often people of all ages brush them off, but it’s an important part of loving yourself and knowing you have value. I also find gratitude important in my life, although it took getting to my 30’s to figure that out. It’s impressive to see someone your age already have a handle on that. It will take you far in life!

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