Free tips to improve self confidence

Written by Stephen Hill

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I advise people thatrepparttar above were my own personal issues and that each individual has to identify there own. It is then a case of acceptingrepparttar 146797 issues which can not be changed and working hard to overcomerepparttar 146798 ones that can.


I was somebody who wanted to be like by everybody. If anybody criticised me or called me names, I would easily be offended and my confidence would drop. As an example fromrepparttar 146799 age of about seventeen I would go out with my friends most Friday and Saturday nights to public houses and sometimes to a night club. I remember one Saturday morning, aged about eighteen, waking up feeling quite ill, very hung over. I had consumed far too much alcohol onrepparttar 146800 previous evening. I looked in my wallet and had also spent far too much money. I decided that I would stay in onrepparttar 146801 Saturday night, just for a change. Duringrepparttar 146802 afternoon I had a phone call from a friend called Phil. He asked me where we going that night. After telling him that I was not going out, he called me boring on numerous occasions, offering to lend me money, saying that I had changed etc. I didn’t want him to think of me in this way however stuck to my guns, eventually he putrepparttar 146803 phone down on me in a mood. Within a few minutes another friend phoned asking why I was not going out, also calling me various names including boring. I ended up going out.

At this age I did not have enough respect for myself, I was too concerned what people thought of me and was easily persuaded into doing things and going places that I in didn’t want to.

After reading some ofrepparttar 146804 books as mentioned above I realised this and asked myself a question:

“Am I boring”

I have lots of interests, theatre, cinema, eating out, chess, football, snooker, golf, horse racing, tennis, music to name a few. By this age I was becoming bored of going out drinking alcohol. I decided to be strong and stated to my friends that I was now only going out drinking once a month. Originally, every Friday and Saturday night people would phone asking me if I was going out, if I declined I was criticised, your so boring for example. My new found attitude, though hard at first to adopt and follow through meant that I didn’t really care and I certainly didn’t bow to pressure.

One particular friend, Phil, was particularly verbally aggressive and demanding, calling me different names. He was seemingly in shock that someone was standing up to him. On one afternoon I fought back and said to him:

“Whatever you say, whatever you call me, I am not going out tonight, however I will go out with you on Tuesday night if you want to”

He agreed to this so I asked him if he wanted a game of snooker, or golf, or a trip torepparttar 146805 cinema or theatre. He thought all of these options were “boring”. I mentioned other interests of mine such as chess, again all ofrepparttar 146806 options I mentioned he didn’t find interesting. I said to him:

“OK, where would you like to go?” “What aboutrepparttar 146807 pub for a few beers?”

I laughed at Phil and said:

“I’m sorry mate you’rerepparttar 146808 one who is boring not me”.

I then putrepparttar 146809 phone down on him for a change.

My attitude was beginning to change forrepparttar 146810 better. I was becoming harder and stronger mentally. A few years later I met my present fiancee and I soon realised I was a long way offrepparttar 146811 level I wanted to be. Her name is Sharron and a couple of weeks after we had met she invited me to a night out with some of her friends who she said wanted to meet me. I knew I had to go even though in reality it wasrepparttar 146812 last thing I wanted to do. I was worried what her friends might think of me etc. I did attend and managed to cope, however I was very quiet, felt uncomfortable throughoutrepparttar 146813 evening and felt very nervous. I was glad to get back torepparttar 146814 safety of my own home! A couple of weeks later I was invited to meet her parents and immediately I hadrepparttar 146815 same feelings as above andrepparttar 146816 night passed in a similar way with me having a distinct lack of confidence etc.

About a month later Sharron agreed to accompany me to a wedding in Birmingham where I was born. On this day she would meet most of my friends and family forrepparttar 146817 first time. As we were driving onrepparttar 146818 motorway I thought she must be a bit nervous. I asked her if she was OK and if she was slightly nervous. She replied:

“What have I got to be nervous about?” “Well your meeting my family and friends later. Are you not concerned what they will think of you?” “Steve, I don’t care what they think of me. It’s what you think that counts and I know you like me!”

This was not a front she was putting on. Suddenly I realised how far I was away fromrepparttar 146819 attitude to life and attitude to people I wanted to have. Sharron has helped me to reach that level. Being around positive people at this stage was very beneficial to me.

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The reasons for my low self esteem

Written by Stephen Hill

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Atrepparttar age of twenty two after about eleven months of sheer hard work and practice I managed to overcomerepparttar 146796 stutter and I now help other people who stutter to achieve fluency as well as helping people with confidence problems.

For more information about how I overcamerepparttar 146797 stutter please refer to or contact me for an information pack.


I always had a lack of belief in certain areas.

I would notice a female in a bar for example and would want to go over and talk to her but would haverepparttar 146798 negative attitude of I’m not good enough, why would she be interested in me? I stutter, I have a bald patch, I have a menial job and I am very thin.

Even if I approach her and am successful, I would then be expected to buy her a drink, possibly phone her, possibly meet her parents, and maybe even get married! The thought of attempting these things with a stutter and with a lack of social confidence was far too daunting for me.

I left school at sixteen mainly due to a lack of confidence andrepparttar 146799 stutter, but then hadrepparttar 146800 problem of finding a job. Again my lack of belief came shining through. Who would want to employ somebody with a stutter, who has a lack of confidence and who is shy around people?


After leaving school atrepparttar 146801 age of sixteen I now had to find employment. Suffering with a stutter and a general lack of confidence meant that work involvingrepparttar 146802 phone or regular interaction with other people were not really an option.

I decided that I could probably cope with filing duties in an office and eventually gained a position at an insurance company.

I started atrepparttar 146803 lowest grade, a grade two andrepparttar 146804 work was routine and mundane. The average time to stay at this level before being promoted was six months. The grade three post involved sharing a phone and this is something I found very difficult to use.

To become upgraded you had to apply in writing torepparttar 146805 personal officer and then if you passedrepparttar 146806 interview were then promoted. My attitude was that if I don’t apply I would stay as a grade two, which is what I wanted. I was probablyrepparttar 146807 only person inrepparttar 146808 country who did not want to be promoted.

My boss would ask me at regular intervals why I was not applying and I would make up an excuse. To keep him happy I tookrepparttar 146809 insurance exams. After three years I had completedrepparttar 146810 first qualification which was a set of five exams. To my horror my boss congratulated me by stating that he was upgrading me to a grade three starting Monday withoutrepparttar 146811 need of an interview.

This promotion should in effect have given me a confidence boost however with my stutter out of control underrepparttar 146812 pressure and some of my colleagues mocking me I became more and more withdrawn and depressed.

I would be invited to social events and would make up excuses of why I could not go as I had a lack of belief that I could cope withrepparttar 146813 occasion and allrepparttar 146814 socialising involved.

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