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20 Countries You Should Visit At Least Once In Your Lifetime

20 Countries You Should Visit At Least Once In Your Lifetime

“An investment in travel is an investment in yourself.”
-Matthew Karsten

We have so many amazing places to travel all around the globe that even if we have ten lives, it won’t be enough for us to visit each of them. So we have to make choices.

It’s painful when there’s nothing to choose from but it can be almost as difficult when we have to choose from a list of equally incredible options. We’ve made it easier for you by presenting to you here, the ultimate list of 20 countries you should visit once in your lifetime. We’ve compiled this list based on the listings and polls of the popular sites Lonely Planet, Telegraph, Business Insider, Thrillist and Rough Guides.

New Zealand

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    There’s probably no one who has been to New Zealand and hasn’t fallen in love immediately with this enigmatic land. It’s hard to find places where travelers are more gratified than in New Zealand, in terms of man-made marvels as well as the grandeurs of nature.

    The backdrop of New Zealand is truly magnificent with its prehistoric forests, widespread beaches, snowclad mountains and remarkable springs. The coexistence between Maori and European people forms the basis of the distinctive New Zealanders culture.

    New Zealand is also one of the easiest places to travel on earth because of its well-developed infrastructures and high quality of service it offers. The food, wine and beer of this land also offer travelers with supreme sense of taste.

    Australia

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      Australia is not just a nation but a continent as well. In its enormity, lies a world within our world which is rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, amazing landscapes and offers numerous opportunities for entertainment.

      This is a nation of relaxed sociability and lively spirit evident in every turn of a corner. Travel in Australia can be expensive but costs can be reduced using travel coupons and booking flights ahead of time. A sunny climate all year around is one of the major reasons behind Australians’ liveliness which has led to a prominent cultural focus onoutdoor living, demonstrated by vibrant beaches and outside camps.

      The Twelve Apostles are not to be missed during an Australian trip. They are one of the nation’s most lovely natural marvels. Besides that, the other exotic wonders of nature for one to explore are the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and the Island of Whitsunday.

      Japan

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        Japan is a unique blend of tradition and innovation. The superb religious and cultural heritages from the past co-exist extraordinarily with state-of-art technological and architectural achievements in the present.

        There are thousands of spectacular Buddhist temples and shrines all over Japan, most of which are in Kyoto, rightly known as the cultural capital of Japan. The other culturally rich cities in Japan worth visiting are Nara and Kanazawa.

        Mount Fuji, Imperial Palace, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the Island Shrine of Itsukushima, Osaka National Park, Chubu-Sangaku National Park and the Japanese Alps are some of the other notable places to visit in this exotic nation.

        Thailand

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        Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn, shines across the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand.

          With intriguing history, Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia.From the ancient Buddhist temples and beautiful palaces to its pristine islands and national parks, Thailand provides for all kind of tourists.

          The capital of Bangkok with its bustling streets and gigantic malls contrasts sharply with the tranquil villages in the hills. But this diversity is exactly what makes Thailand a fascinating destination for travellers.

          Thai food is appetizing and the people are very convivial. This country appeals to travellers ofvarious budgets.It welcomes everyone from officials who want to stay at five-star resorts to backpackers who prefer stay at low-cost guest houses.

          Nepal

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            A tiny Himalayan nation lying between the two big neighbors, China and India, Nepal is a world in itself. No country in the world offers such wide range of experiences in such a small area.

            Some of the best places in the world for trekking and mountaineering are located in this nation. Eight out of ten of the tallest mountains in the world are here. It is probably the best place for adventure tourism with endless opportunities for safari, rafting and paragliding.

            Although the snow white peaks of Himalayas are the first things that come to mind when one thinks of Nepal, nature is not the only aspect of this nation’s enigma. Kathmandu, the capital, is a city of a thousand temples that showcases a unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist religious heritages.

            South Africa

            Table Mountain across Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

              This southern African nation is a place that doesn’t disappoint visitors. It’s a large, diverse and unbelievably beautiful destination. South Africa is also a major cultural hub of the African continent.

              Cape Town and Johannesburg are constantly ranked among the best cities for travelers. The enigmatic Table Mountain and Table Bay ought not to be missed while travelling to South Africa. The vineyards of Franschhoek also certainly beckon.

              There are many wildlife reserves in this nation. Kruger National Park and Addo Elephent National Park are the two most notable ones.

              Botswana

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                Botswana is as awe-inspiring for travelers as is the story of the nation’s journey from abject poverty to being now one of the most stable economies in Africa. The way it has been able to preserve its natural treasures in the midst of all this economic growth is also equally impressive.

                Botswana is a premier safari location in the African content, with large portions of its land making up national parks and wildlife reserves. There are also iconic cultural heritage sites for tourists to explore.

                Chobe and Okavango Delta region are perfect for wildlife viewing. Kalahari Desert, Tsodilo Hills and Nxai Pan National Park are some of the other places one must not miss on a trip to Botswana.

                Latvia

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                  This Baltic pearl is undergoing a revival phase after an end to years of communist rule. The infrastructures have been improved and lots of overhauls are taking place especially in the towns like culturally rich Riga, named the European Capital of Culture very recently.

                  Most of the visitors are concerned with only the Latvian capital but the true spirit of Latvia resides in the spectacular countryside filled with pristine lakes, emerald forests and sandy beaches.

                  Almost half of Latvia is covered with natural ecosystems and each of the four national parks are equally beautiful. Jurmala’s Baltic waters and the waterfall of Ventas Rumba are also not be missed on a Latvian trip.

                  Poland

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                    Poland may have gone through lots of turmoil over the past couple of centuries but with its rich culture, beautiful landscapes and historic spots, the visitors are sure to bring away with them lots of exciting memories.

                    Although Warsaw is the most popular city, one is sure to miss a lot from the rest of the country if their stay is restricted to this town only. The Polish spirit that refused to give up amidst the atrocities of the second world war breathes throughout the nation.

                    Main Market Square in Krakow, Old Market Place in Warsaw, Old Town in Gdansk, Bialowieza Forest and Masurian Lakeland are some of the major places one ought not miss while traveling to Poland.

                    Germany

                    Water fountain in front of the Justizpalast near Karlsplatz. Munich, Germany

                      Germany is one of the best countries in the world to explore. It might be a little bit heavy on the budget. However, great food, impeccable beer and superb views all more than make up for the bucks spent.

                      The nation offers diversity from the green hills in Bavaria to icy mountains in the Alps and bustling cities like Munich to serene medieval towns like Tuebingen. It is full of magical castles and historic sites all over the nation.

                      Apart from the two most famous cities of Munich and Berlin, the other attractive places to visit in Germany are Heidelberg, Lubeck, Cologne, Leipzig and Rugen Island. Meanwhile, Munich’s annual festival of Oktoberfest is an event not to be missed.

                      France
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                        A trip to France is on the bucket list of almost everyone and this nation surely deserves that. This country holds a unique appeal for folks from all around the globe for its culture, wines, cuisine and landscapes.

                        This land of champagne and cabaret is probably the most romantic place on earth. Although the capital of Paris may attract all the attention and the notion of romance may be heavily linked to this city, the country has much more to offer beyond the walls of Paris.

                        The vineyards of Champagne and Bordeaux offer the elegance of French wine and rural life. The French Riviera, on the other hand, showcases glamor and luxury. The historic towns all over the country, meanwhile, provide a perfect taste of French culture.

                        Spain

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                          A trip to Spain is sure to leave travelers yearning to return again and again. In the words of the Spaniards themselves, there is not one Spain but many Spains, a reference to the nation’s diverse natural landscapes and cultures. And, not a single one of these Spains will disappoint travelers.

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                          Lively carnivals, exquisite cuisines and animated nightlife along with its impressive beaches, islands and wildlife make Spain a perfect destination for travelers. Added to those are its historic cities rich with art and cultural heritage.

                          Whether it’s Catalonia, Madrid or the Basque Country, there’s always a lot to do in Spain. Apart from the two major cities of Barcelona and Madrid famous for their iconic football clubs, the other notable cities to visit are Seville, Valencia, Granada, Malaga and Bilbao.

                          Portugal

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                            With its own distinctive culture, language and cuisine, Portugal is the land of dazzling beaches, spirited landscape and medieval villages. Its aesthetic beauty has remained largely unaffected by the hordes of tourists, unlike other major European travel destinations.

                            Portugal is a destination that truly meets travelers’ expectations. One can start with the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and then go on to explore the coastal cities, reveling in great wine, good food and the incessant parties.

                            The country’s geography is diverse and it ranges from the northern mountains, national parks and vineyards to central farmlands and villages and beaches along the southern coastline. Moreover, Portugal is a relatively cheap traveldestinationwhen compared to other European destinations.

                            Italy

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                              The land of beautiful people and lovely food, Italy, is a dream destination for travelers. It really has much to offer travelers from nature and art to food and a beautiful climate. Even the most demanding of visitors can be expected to be left in awe by this nation.

                              This is a nation like no other. It boasts striking terrains and picturesque hills. Add to that, the trace of cultural history is all-pervading. The home of Roman Civilization and Renaissance Era, no place in Italy will fail to offer an experience memorable for a lifetime.

                              Besides Rome, other notable places to visit are the waterways of Venice, the architecture of Tuscany and the beaches in Sicily. One thing for sure is that the food one will be treated to will be the best in the world, whether it is served in Rome or in the rural areas of this country.

                              Greece

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                                Greece may have undergone an economic crisis recently but it still remains a premium tourist hub, which owes both to its historic cultural heritages and natural spectacles such as its beaches, mountains and islands.

                                Greece has been endowed with natural beauty in every possible form. The grandeur of nature’s beauty extends from the colossal Aegean to the cloud covered peak of Mt. Olympus.

                                The historic capital of Greece (i.e. the ever bustling city of Athens) may be the most famous place but there are plenty of other equally fabulous places to visit as well. Some of the not-to-be-missed ones are Meteora, Santorin, Delphi and Thessaloniki.

                                Switzerland

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                                  The scenery in Switzerland is almost certain to take away the breath of travelers. The cities in this ethnically diverse and multilingual nation are lively and cosmopolitan and the routes for transportation are excellent.

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                                  Because of its small size and flawless facilities, it’s not very difficult to visit most of the top sites in Switzerland as the major attractions lie pretty much close to each other. It is also one of the safest places to travel.

                                  From manmade structures like excellent resorts, historic castles and museums to natural wonders such as mountains, lakes and forests, Switzerland comes to life everywhere. Some of the best places to visit are Jungfrau, Montreux and Swiss National Park.

                                  UK

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                                    There are very few placesthat can offer so much in a single package as the United Kingdom does. There are craggy uplands and impressive beaches. There are also historic landmarks, cultural hides and topnotch restaurants.

                                    The UK has long been a favorite tourist destination in Europe because of its theaters, museums, bucolic villages and historic cities, which never fail to keep people wanting for more. There’s no lack of ideas for fun when travelers are in the UK.

                                    London is a city that needs no introduction and is arguably the world’s most exciting city. The other cities the visitors should consider stopping at when traveling to the UK are Edinburgh, York, Bath, Cambridge, Chester and Durham.

                                    Uruguay

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                                      The nation is often overlooked over its large South American neighbors. But one of the region’s finest producers of wine, it’s a highly alluring destination for connoisseurs of wine.

                                      The eastern part of the nation possesses the sandy beaches facing the South Atlantic, which are perfect to bask on. Annual whale migration that takes place between the months of July and November also is a major attraction for tourists.

                                      Some of the best places to visit in this nation laden with rich culture and history are Colonia del Sacramento, the capital and biggest city of Montevideo, Rocha Coast, Punta del Este and Piriapolis.

                                      Mexico

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                                        Concerns about security in Mexico might be raised frequently. However, apart from the northern border region which constantly makes headlines for all the wrong reasons, there’re more reasons to be excited than worried about a trip to Mexico.

                                        Mexico is the land of beautiful beaches, cultural temptations and spirited nightlife. From its historic Mayan sites to the quiet riversides, this nation offers diverse cultural and natural experiences at a much cheaper price compared to most of the other destinations.

                                        Apart from the fascinating capital city of New Mexico, the other noteworthy places to visit in Mexico are Merida, Todos Santos, San Miguel de Allende, Huatulco and Puebla, also known by the nickname of ‘mini Mexico City’.

                                        Canada

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                                          Canada is the largest North American nation; its huge landmass is filled with grandiose mountains, virgin forests and remarkable coastlines. Added to all these wonders that make for breathtaking scenery, is the hospitable atmosphere shown throughout the country.

                                          Canada offers travelers wide range of experiences. One can go camping on Vancouver Island, stroll through the cosmopolitan Toronto streets or be off to climb the peaks on the Canadian Rockies.

                                          The pine forests in the east along with lively coastline communities call for a road trip in the summer. Meanwhile, Quebec is perfect for skiing during the wintertime.

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                                          How to Be Confident: 51 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

                                          How to Be Confident: 51 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

                                          When you learn how to be confident, you can use it in your everyday life to tackle all of your goals and challenges. However, not many people realize that learning how to gain self-confidence is like building a muscle—it grows in response to the level of performance required of it.

                                          Here I will give you 51 proven ways to overcome a lack of self-confidence and achieve more.

                                          1. Learn Something New

                                          Sign up for that evening class and enjoy it. Alternatively, read a book (or take an online course) on a topic you’ve always wanted to learn more about.

                                          Learning new things stretches your abilities, keeps your mind active, and most definitely improves your confidence in your ability to do new things.

                                          2. Ask Your Partner or a Friend What You Can Do For Them

                                          This can be something as easy as helping them with a chore they don’t like or have little time for. Through helping them, you’ll find that you feel better about yourself.

                                          3. Hit the Gym

                                          The physiological effects of going to the gym will leave you feeling great.

                                          Countless studies have shown that regular workouts at the gym can boost not only your sense of well-being, but can increase your self-esteem, too[1].

                                          4. Go to a Networking Event

                                          Rather than being nervous about your own stuff, focus on how to help others. Instead of going along with the aim of trying to sell yourself to others, why not change your approach and simply go along to see how you can help the people you meet?

                                          By doing this, you’ll come across as calm, confident, and someone that people will want to turn to again and again.

                                          5. Get Clear on the Things That Matter to You

                                          If these things are not in your life, you’ll need to bring them in.

                                          For example, if your daily work routine is currently as dull as dishwater—but you’d like it to be fun—then do something about it. Turn data entry into personal speed contests, paper filing into “screen-free” time, and interactions with your colleagues into enjoyable conversations.

                                          6. Remove Negativity From Your Life

                                          Write a list of the things you’re tolerating and putting up with in your life, then write down how you can remove, minimize, or diminish each one.

                                          I personally like to do this with pen and paper as it feels just a little more real and definite than on screen. It’s also a good idea to put the priority items at the top of your list, so you can begin resolving these first.

                                          7. Celebrate Your Big and Small Wins

                                          Look at the big or small goals you’ve completed, and give yourself credit for your part in it.

                                          Recognizing your achievements is not egotistical, it’s healthy.

                                          8. Converse With New People

                                          Go and have a conversation with someone you don’t know. By doing this, you may be pleasantly surprised by what—or who—you’ll discover.

                                          You can also extend this trait by breaking outside of your normal social situations at your workplace. This will do wonders when learning how to be confident.

                                          9. Do Something You Would Normally Say No to

                                          Next time you talk yourself out of doing something (a party invite, a challenging project, etc.), go and do it anyway. This is a great way to boost personal development.

                                          10. Do One Thing Each Day That Makes You Smile

                                          This could be something as simple as sending a thank you email to a colleague that has been helpful to you, or leaving a surprise present for your partner that they’ll discover when they wake up.

                                          Life shouldn’t be drudgery, and we all need to make the effort to keep it light, loving, and fun.

                                          11. Give Yourself Good Advice

                                          Look for the patterns of thought that take you to a place where you start second-guessing or overthinking.

                                          Now imagine that your best friend went through exactly the same thought process and ended up holding themselves back—what would you want to say to them?

                                          This is known as Soloman’s Paradox—we’re often quite good at solving others’ problems but not our own. Challenge this and take your own good advice next time[2].

                                          12. Ask Someone on a Date

                                          If you’re single and have met someone that you’re definitely attracted to—go ahead and ask them out.

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                                          Even if they turn you down, it will help you learn how to be confident through the fact that you were decisive and made an effort. What’s the best thing that could happen? They might just say yes!

                                          13. Write Down 20 Things That Make You Feel Good

                                          Think of this as a gratitude list. Typical things you might include are: your partner, your kids, your parents, your pets, etc.

                                          I recommend writing this list at least once a month. And most importantly—make sure you’re giving the 20 things plenty of room in your life.

                                          14. Stop Playing Different Roles

                                          Stop playing different roles and squeezing yourself into boxes based on what you think people expect of you.

                                          Be your authentic self, the one who knows what to do and loves what they do. It’s easy to find this part of yourself as it’s inherent in your hobbies and your close friendships.

                                          If you can bring this authenticity into your work life, you’ll be surprised at how positively others will react to you.

                                          15. Cultivate a Positive Mindset

                                          Learn to catch yourself every time you tell yourself that you can’t have, won’t get, or aren’t good enough to get what you want[3].

                                          Talk yourself up when learning how to be confident.

                                            Instead, tell yourself that you can have, will get, and are good enough to get what you want. Mindset is everything. Make sure yours is positive and dynamic.

                                            16. Take Yourself off Auto-Pilot

                                            Make deliberate decisions on what really matters to you.

                                            For instance, if you normally work 9 to 5 but find yourself spending hours getting to and from work, why not negotiate with your boss to mix your hours up a bit?

                                            You might also suggest a day or two working from home. Sell this to your boss by reminding them that the time and stress lost to commuting can be neatly transferred to productive work hours.

                                            17. Listen Carefully to What You Tell Yourself

                                            Next time you come up against a risk or a challenge, listen to what you tell yourself, and look for a way to improve your inner dialogue.

                                            If you normally find that your inner dialogue is negative, then break out of this by asking yourself questions such as:

                                            • What would make this easier?
                                            • Is there a different way of doing this?
                                            • Could research help?

                                            18. Laugh at Yourself

                                            Scared of looking silly? It’s no biggie, so don’t let it stop you.

                                            Whenever we try something new, there’s a fair chance that we’ll make fools of ourselves. But you’d be a bigger fool to let that stop you. Instead, laugh at your baby steps and watch your confidence soar as you begin to master your chosen activity.

                                            19. Listen to Your Doubts

                                            Sometimes your doubts are there to let you know what you need to prepare for, so you can use them to your benefit as you move forwards. Other times, they are just doubts.

                                            The trick is to quickly determine if your doubts have validity. If they do, use them to shape your decisions.

                                            To illustrate this, imagine that you’ve had an enticing job offer, but you doubt whether you’re capable of doing the job. Spend a little time analyzing your doubts to see whether they reflect reality, or whether they are just negative thoughts that are trying to hold you back.

                                            20. Recall a Time When You Did a Great Job

                                            Think of a time when it felt like a whole bank of switches in your head flicked to the on position, and you were firing on all cylinders. What were you doing, and what’s the reason it felt so great? Can you emulate that passion and drive that you had?

                                            21. Tear up Your Rule Book

                                            You may not know it, but you’ve almost certainly got a whole bunch of outdated rules that determine what you do and don’t do. These rules limit your thinking and your behavior.

                                            It’s time to change them. Tear up this subconscious rule book and toss it in the fire. Once you’ve done this, you’ll immediately notice how free you feel to make challenging and exciting decisions.

                                            22. Ask Yourself What You Have Gained When You Lose

                                            Do you get annoyed with yourself because you didn’t make the most of something or stepped back from an opportunity?

                                            Firstly, don’t beat yourself up because that’s just going to make you feel worse. Instead, be brutally honest and ask yourself what you gained from the situation and what you lost out on.

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                                            Based on this win/lose balance, what’s a different choice you can make next time?

                                            23. Don’t Let People Put You Down

                                            If there’s someone in your life who puts you down or makes you feel small, you owe it to yourself to let them know that you expect something different from now on. 

                                            Trust me, once you’ve told them, they’ll change, and you will, too. Inevitably, you’ll boost both your confidence and happiness by taking control of your life in this way.

                                            Learn how to get out of toxic relationships in this article.

                                            24. Reveal a Little Bit of the Real You

                                            Relationships can be difficult. They can also lose their zest and become stale. If this happens in your relationship, then it’s time to add some magic to the mix.

                                            Try revealing something interesting about yourself or your past that your partner doesn’t currently know when learning how to be confident. Perhaps you never mentioned to them that you used to play in a rock band—and you still have the recordings to prove it!

                                            By adding new things to your relationship, you’ll deepen the bond and keep the spark alive.

                                            25. Be Your Own Hero

                                            Recognize that you’re more than a match for any situation you might find yourself in—no matter how tough the going gets.

                                            We all love movies like Die Hard where ordinary people are driven to super-ordinary feats. But here’s the rub: you can be your own action hero.

                                            Whatever the situation, meet it head on and overcome it. Keep in mind the classic phrase: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

                                            26. Don’t Give in to the Instant Pay-off

                                            If I was to offer you $100 now for a day’s work tomorrow or $110 for the same work, but I won’t pay you for a week, which would you choose? Well, I can’t read your mind, but I do know that studies using a similar question to this have found that most people choose the instant, smaller payment over the latter, bigger payment. It seems that we’re hardwired for instant gratification.

                                            However, if you want to be a success in life, always look at the bigger picture. In the example above, if you could have only waited seven more days, you would have been $10 richer!

                                            27. Instead of Yelling “I Deserve Better,” Say “I Can Be Better”

                                            Too often I hear people complaining about their personal circumstances but refusing to do anything about it. Don’t be like them.

                                            If things aren’t going your way, find solutions and implement them. Your boldness and decisiveness will boost your confidence and help you rapidly climb the ladder of success.

                                            28. Admit You’re Wrong

                                            It may not be easy, but you should always be prepared to hold your hands up and change your mind if things are going south. Not every idea you have will be a winning one. The trick is to know when things are clearly not working out.

                                            You can either attempt to get them back on track or kill them off completely (sometimes that’s the best way).

                                            29. Trust Your Instincts

                                            We all have our gut feelings and intuitions, but many people choose to ignore them and rely only on facts, facts, and more facts! While this may work for many scenarios, there will be other times when you’ll need to rely on your instincts.

                                            30. Imagine Your Confident Future Self

                                            Imagine you’re visited by a successful, confident, attractive, and vibrant version of you from the future, a version of you who’s everything you hope to be. What do they want to tell you?

                                            They might praise your efforts, but they may also criticize your lack of planning and weak goals.

                                            Luckily, if you listen closely to what they tell you, you’ll be able to rapidly shift gears in your life and become the you of the future!

                                            31. Ask for Help

                                            This is a common issue. We take on way too many responsibilities and end up either burning ourselves out or just doing a bad job!

                                            The secret is to put the vast majority of your energy and efforts into what you do well. Give the stuff you don’t do well to others who have a gift for it. Sometimes the most confident and effective thing to do is ask for help.

                                            32. Be Around People Who Make You Feel Like You

                                            Do this by spending more time with the people who support and encourage you and less time with those who undermine you.

                                            At work, don’t be ruined by negative, petty people. Instead, make sure you surround yourself with colleagues who make you laugh and feel good about yourself.

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                                            33. Participate in the World Around You

                                            Ask yourself this question: “What can I participate in that’s important to me?”

                                            Typically, this could be your church, a sports club, or even just a weekly get together with your best friend.

                                            34. Develop Skills to Work on Things That Matter to You

                                            What can you practice that would radically improve your chances of winning?

                                            If you want to climb the corporate ladder, for example, then develop the skills needed to do this. These might include: effective project management skills, powerful presentation abilities, and superb goal setting skills.

                                            Of course, don’t forget that emulating those who have already achieved your goal is one of the quickest and most reliable ways for you to achieve your aims, too.

                                            35. Act Until You Make It

                                            The body is a mirror for the mind, so shifting your body language into a confident state can have surprising results.

                                            This is all about acting. If you want to come across as tough, act tough. If you want to come across as successful, act successful. And if you want to come across as confident, act confident.

                                            Try doing these things, and you’ll be amazed by the results.

                                            36. Push Through When You Want to Give up

                                            Don’t get disheartened or demotivated when you get to 90% with something you’re working on. Push through, and you’ll see that the last 10% is where the magic happens.

                                            37. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

                                            Keep comparing yourself to others? Stop it. If you want to learn how to be confident, don’t try to validate yourself through comparison—you’re just peachy as you are.

                                            Social media often makes this difficult. Try stepping away from your Facebook page for a few days and reconnect with the great things in your own life.

                                            You can get started with this guide.

                                            38. Speak up When You Can Make a Difference

                                            Speak up if there’s something you think could be improved or if you have an idea you think has legs.

                                            Have you noticed that quiet people at work rarely get the promotions? It’s not that they are incapable or lacking talent, but their abilities are usually overlooked as they don’t know how to engage with others or how to sell themselves.

                                            Step out of your comfort zone and be sure that you’re an active player. Speak up in meetings by suggesting ideas and offering constructive criticism.

                                            39. Stop Struggling and Start Accepting

                                            If there’s something you’ve been struggling to understand for a while, stop trying to understand it. Accept it just as it is, fully and wholly.

                                            Life offers endless mysteries. If you try to resolve them all you’ll drive yourself insane. Instead, let some mysteries remain, and keep your mind focused on your goals and dreams.

                                            40. It’s Okay to Be Shy

                                            There’s nothing wrong with being shy, and it doesn’t mean you’re not a confident person.

                                            If you suffer from shyness, you might think it’s a major weakness of yours. However, introverted people have the edge in many ways, such as: they’re first-rate listeners, they have excellent observational skills, and they’re easier to trust[4].

                                            41. Clean up Your Environment

                                            Your environment directly impacts your self-perception. So, if you’re surrounded by clutter, paperwork, and rubbish, put a morning aside to clean up your stuff and get organized.

                                            42. Write a List of Things You Would Love to Do

                                            Write yourself a list of the amazing things you’d love to do in your life, and make a start by simply looking into the first one or two things that leap out at you. This will help you get started as you learn how to be confident

                                            Even if you don’t currently have the means to live your dreams, you can, at the very least, make a start. The best way to do this is to write out the things you’d love to do. These may include cool stuff, such as travelling the world, learning a new language, or climbing a mountain.

                                            Once you’ve added the items to your list, don’t stop there. Begin researching and preparing ways to turn your dreams into realities.

                                            43. Make Your Self-Worth Independent From Others’ Validation

                                            Don’t make your happiness or self-worth dependent on being in a relationship or being validated by someone else.

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                                            While it’s difficult to admit it, we often find ourselves rating our self-esteem by the value other people put on us.

                                            For instance, you may have a super-positive boss who is always encouraging and supportive. They make you feel upbeat and confident at all times.

                                            However, imagine if they left and your new boss was the complete opposite. They constantly look for faults in your work and regularly criticize you. Would you still feel confident in those circumstances?

                                            If you’ve answered no, then you need to reappraise your self-worth, as it shouldn’t be dependent on the validation of others.

                                            44. Use Your Strengths

                                            We all have our weaknesses, but they only undermine your confidence if you let them.

                                            For instance, are you aware that Virgin’s founder Richard Branson suffers from dyslexia? He never let this hold him back or destroy his confidence. Today, he is one of the world’s most successful men, with a net worth of approximately $5 billion[5].

                                            45. Complete a To-Do List

                                            The longer you leave that big thing on your to-do list, the more it’ll drain you, and the bigger it’ll seem. Get it done and free yourself up.

                                            If you have a big goal, break it down into smaller tasks. For instance, instead of trying to write a whole chapter of your book in one go, how about just writing the opening paragraph?

                                            46. Treat Your Body Well

                                            When learning how to be confident, our body image does matter, because if you have a bad relationship with your body, you won’t feel confident in yourself.

                                            What’s one of the first things most of us do when we get up in the morning? We look in the mirror. If we don’t like what we see there, then our day starts off with negative self-talk. If, on the other hand, we look in the mirror and feel proud of our appearance, then we start the day off in an upbeat, positive way.

                                            If you’re unhappy with your body and looks, do something to improve them. Exercise, diet, and styling are common ways of improving your body image—and your confidence.

                                            47. Learn to Say No

                                            Don’t say yes to taking on a task simply because you don’t want to rock the boat. You can politely decline requests you can’t meet without needing to create excuses.

                                            While saying yes to everything that comes your way might feel like you’re being helpful and in demand, in the long run, you’ll burn yourself out.

                                            48. Learn From Confident People

                                            Look at the people you respect who seem confident. Don’t copy them, but identify what it is they do differently that conveys confidence and what you can learn from it.

                                            People-watching is not only fun, but it can be informative, too. Look closely at successful people you know, or those being interviewed on TV, and over time you’ll begin to notice common traits, beliefs, and behaviors that they exhibit.

                                            49. Follow Through on Your Plans

                                            Most people find it easy to write plans. The hard part, of course, is seeing them through. To stand out from the crowd, make sure that you know exactly how to complete your plans.

                                            If you need to, write down a step-by-step guide and begin following it. Not only will this drive you towards the completion of your plans—but experiencing the progress will also give you a continuous boost to your self-esteem.

                                            50. Shift Your Focus When You Doubt Yourself

                                            When you feel yourself focusing inwards and becoming paralyzed with doubt or fear, switch to focusing outwards at what you can engage and interact with.

                                            I remember one of my writing tutors telling me that when the words stop flowing, it’s time to take a break— preferably a walk in the park. It’s sound advice as it’s very easy to get caught up with our thoughts and emotions and be unable to make progress.

                                            51. Never Beat Yourself up for Failing

                                            Life is guaranteed to not always be a barrel of laughs. Instead, it’s much more like a roller coaster. There will be ups and downs, so ride them out.

                                            The art of living is to know how to handle whatever comes you way. The best way to achieve this is by developing an iron core that is unhindered by the topsy-turvy outside world.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Here I’ve given you 51 different ways to start building self-confidence Take action on the ways that you’re drawn to.

                                            It’s not enough to read about them. For them to work, you must adopt them into your daily life. Do this, and you’ll start to feel your confidence soar.

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