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29 Salads That Won’t Leave You Hungry

29 Salads That Won’t Leave You Hungry

The word ‘salad’ makes most people moan, imaginations full of the wimpy lettuce leaves, soggy tomatoes and dried out cucumbers that are served in most restaurants today. Or, if you’re someone who thinks you don’t like salads because you buy the pre-bagged kind at the store, it’s time to give salad a new try this spring and summer.

Salads can make for easy and extremely filling meals that can also be made ahead of time or put together in minutes. But, before you go grabbing the iceberg and pre-shredded carrots, give these 29 recipes below a try first. They’re not just packed with flavor for a variety of crowds and eating preferences, but they’re also filling and tasty too!

1. Greek Salad

29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

    Prevention

    With lean protein, healthy fats from olives, and plenty of fiber from fresh vegetables, this Greek Salad is sure to leave you full all throughout the day!

    2. Turkey Avocado Cobb Salad

    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

      Prevention

      For a simple dish that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner, try this Turkey Avocado Cobb Salad. It’s a great source of lean protein, fiber, and healthy fats that will keep your hunger levels down but your taste buds happy too!

      3. Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad and Mango Salsa

      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

        CafeDelites.com

        Tomatoes aren’t the only way to enjoy salsa; mangoes are also a great salsa ingredient and a good source of the vitamin C the body needs for repairing muscles after a hard workout, and improving immunity. Fresh greens and lean protein help round this meal out to provide plenty of fiber and amino acids to stabilize blood sugar levels. Get the recipe at CafeDelites.com

        4. Skinny Chicken and Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad

        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

          CafeDelites.com

          Most Caesar salads you’ll find are packed with processed fats that are not good options for your heart—or waistline! But this Skinny Chicken and Avocado Chicken Caesar Salad uses real ingredients, healthy fats from the avocado, lean protein, plus fresh veggies you need to manage hunger and nourish your body.

          5. Super Summer Detox Salad

          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

            Well Plated

            If you’re considering implementing a detox for spring, that’s a great idea. However, you don’t need to starve in order to detox. Cutting processed sugars, most oils, and all forms of conventional animal products can be a simple and effective way to detox. Then add in some clean sources of protein and fresh nutrients like those found in this Super Summer Detox Salad which is full of fiber, protein, real food, and it’s bursting with nutrients to keep you energized and feeling brand new!

            6. Spicy Kale and Quinoa Vegan Salad

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              The Glowing Fridge

              If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’ll love this nutrient-dense salad recipe by The Glowing Fridge that has antioxidant-rich and fiber-rich black beans that are the highest source of protein among all beans. This salad also contains the superfood kale which is a wonderful source of amino acids, iron, and vitamins A and C.

              7. White Peach Salad With Creamy Cashew Carrot-Ginger Dressing

              29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                Happy Healthy Life

                For a light salad made of all fresh ingredients, this White Peach Salad With Creamy Cashew Carrot-Ginger Dressing is a wonderful option to try! This salad is also vegan and includes protein-rich and iron-rich cashews along with fresh and juicy peaches which are a great source of vitamin C and fiber.

                8. Mashed Chickpea Salad

                29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                  The Glowing Fridge

                  For a plant-based alternative to tuna or chicken salad, try this Mashed Chickpea Salad instead which, surprisingly, makes a unique option that resembles the taste and texture of chicken or tuna salad. Plus, chickpeas are a great source of vegan protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, and zinc.

                  9. California Sunset Salad

                  29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                    Happy Healthy Life

                    For a filling meal that you can enjoy for a small lunch or large dinner, make this California Sunset Salad which features antioxidant-rich black rice (that has more protein than brown rice), heart-healthy avocados, and nutrient-dense kale that also offers some protein and fiber, plus antioxidants. You’ll be full for hours and feel great too!

                    10. Salmon and Spinach Quinoa Salad

                    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                      Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

                      Salmon & Spinach Quinoa Salad is packed with veggies, leafy greens, lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and complex carbs to keep you full and satiated. For more even protein and fiber, black beans are added which increases the antioxidant content too!

                      11. Chickpea Shawarma Salad

                      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                        Minimalist Baker

                        Chickpeas are the star ingredient once again in this Chickpea Shawarma Salad by Minimalist Baker that also includes fresh herbs, greens, and tons of flavor from onion, paprika, garlic, and turmeric. The secret to making this recipe heart-healthy and satisfying is the use of healthy fats from olive oil and hummus!

                        12. Asparagus Salad

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                          Homespun Capers

                          Asparagus is a wonderful spring ingredient to use and it’s also an often overlooked source of protein with 5 grams per cup, chopped. This Asparagus Salad also includes plenty more filling protein and fiber from avocado, almonds, beans, and fresh greens. The secret to making this recipe shine? Grilling the asparagus before preparing it!

                          13. Mexican Grilled Salmon Salad With Avocado Yogurt Ranch Dressing

                          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                            Cooking Classy

                            Seafood enthusiasts will love this Mexican Grilled Salmon recipe that offers fish as the source of protein plus fresh summer vegetables like corn, tomatoes, and fresh greens. It also uses a Greek yogurt dressing instead of oil-based dressing, but you can opt for a dairy-free yogurt to use if you’re lactose intolerant or avoiding dairy. Either way, this salad is packed with nutrition and will keep you feeling great!

                            14. Spring Superfood Bowl With Blueberry Ginger Dressing

                            29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                              Spoonful of Flavor

                              Looking to add more superfoods to your diet? This Spring Superfood Bowl With Blueberry Ginger Dressing has you covered! It includes protein and fiber-rich quinoa, mono-unsaturated fats and protein from the avocado; heart-healthy and low-sugar blueberries; chickpeas for protein and fiber; plus, ginger to aid in digestion and give you an extra pep in your step!

                              15. Quick and Easy Black Bean Salad

                              29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                The Soulful Spoon

                                For a quick lunch or side at dinner, try this Quick and Easy Black Bean Salad that offers protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and lots of flavor from cilantro, lemon, and even a dash of mustard for a spicy kick! Add your favorite greens to make it even more filling and you’re good to go!

                                16. Salmon Salad Power Bowls

                                29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                  Cotter Crunch

                                  For another option using heart-healthy salmon, try these Salmon Salad Power Bowls. They include some heart-healthy fat, fiber, lean protein, and a host of flavors to satisfy your taste buds and keep your waistline in check!

                                  17. Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad

                                  29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                    Iowa Girl Eats

                                    This Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad is much healthier than those you’ll find in a restaurant. Featuring no processed dressings or oil, this salad has healthy fats, fiber, protein, and a variety of vitamins and minerals to nourish your body!

                                    18. Chicken Salad With Potatoes and Arugula

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                                      Health

                                      This nutritious Chicken Salad With Potatoes and Arugula is for those who like clean and simple recipes since it contains some lean, shredded chicken, boiled potatoes, and spicy, nutrient-dense arugula for a boost of greens and flavor. Make this ahead of time on Sunday and use any leftovers throughout the week for easy meals that provide protein, fiber from healthy carbs, and healthy fats.

                                      19. Harvest Cobb Salad

                                      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                        Damn Delicious

                                        Cobb salads are a great option for the summer since they’re filled with fresh ingredients. This Harvest Cobb Salad is a filling option to try since it contains protein, fiber, and healthy fats from pecans along with vitamin C and fiber from fresh greens and fruit.

                                        20. Spring Asparagus Salad

                                        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                          Feasting at Home

                                          Spring Asparagus Salad is filled with fresh ingredients perfect for an outdoor lunch or dinner that’s sure to satisfy every time. Asparagus is not only filling but also packed with fiber and protein. Also featuring feta cheese, couscous, and olives, this vegetarian salad provides lots of flavor and nutrients!

                                          21. Chopped Kale Salad and Creamy Almond Ginger Dressing

                                          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                            Edible Perspective

                                            If you’re looking for simple, satisfying, and healthy, then this recipe for Chopped Kale Salad and Creamy Almond Ginger Dressing is a fantastic option. Filled with some of the most nutrient-dense ingredients available such as avocado, kale, almonds, zucchini, quinoa and chickpeas, it will leave you satisfied for hours!

                                            22. Herb and Rice Salad With Beet Chips

                                            29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                              Green Evi

                                              If you’re tired of your regular go-to salad ingredients, you need to try this Herb and Rice Salad With Beet Chips that contains juicy beets, sweet carrots, wholegrain rice, fresh spring herbs, and protein-rich pumpkin seeds! It even includes miso for some healthy probiotics, and it’s filled with flavor from a variety of herbs and spices.

                                              23. Kale Coconut Detox Salad

                                              29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                The Glowing Fridge

                                                Don’t let the name of this recipe fool you! Even though it is known as a detox salad, it’s packed with flavor and filling ingredients. Kale and Coconut Detox Salad contains almonds, edamame, coconut, kale, and a flavorful dressing from real, fresh ingredients. Give it a try for lunch or dinner for something new and different!

                                                24. Avocado and Grilled Chicken Salad With Skinny Chipotle Lime Dressing

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                                                  Cooking Classy

                                                  Here’s a great salad recipe that mixes summertime flavor with a healthy touch! Featuring spicy chipotle spices and creamy avocados paired with lean chicken, you’ll be full and satisfied for hours after making this recipe for Avocado and Grilled Chicken Salad With Skinny Chipotle Lime Dressing!

                                                  25. Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad

                                                  29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                    Green Evi

                                                    For those that need something filling for a take-alone lunch or a portable dinner option, this Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad is something you might like to try. Or, if you work at home and have a hard time finding time to make lunch, just prepare a few mason jar salads like this one so you can just grab your meal, add your dressing, shake and enjoy!

                                                    26. Caprese Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad

                                                    29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                      Cooking Classy

                                                      Basil, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, honey, and garlic add a pop of flavor to a typical chicken salad recipe in this Caprese Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad. If you have your chicken made ahead of time, it should come together in minutes which makes it a great option for busy weeknights or dinner parties.

                                                      27. Five Bean Salad With Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

                                                      29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                        Epicurious

                                                        For a plant-based, flavor-rich salad that fills you up and satisfies your taste buds, this Five Bean Salad With Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette is a great option. Featuring protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals from simple foods, it is also friendly for tight budgets since beans are a cheap source of protein.

                                                        28. Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad

                                                        29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                          Little Broken

                                                          Tuna salad is a classic recipe many people enjoy all year round for a filling option, but it’s usually packed with processed mayo. For a more heart-healthy option that’s made from real food, this Healthy Avocado Tuna Salad makes a great option but also satisfies too. Bonus? This recipe comes with three tasty options for different ways to enjoy it!

                                                          29. Summer Nicoise Salad With Grilled Fish 
                                                          29 Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

                                                            Feasting at Home

                                                            Halibut is one of the most heart-healthy types of white fish and one of the leanest protein options you can choose, but it’s also one of the most flavorful, making it a true treasure of the sea! Enjoy it whenever you can, and opt for using it in a healthy recipe with fresh vegetables and greens such as this Summer Nicoise Salad With Grilled Fish.

                                                            See, now … salad doesn’t have to be boring, does it? For more tasty and filling options, these summertime salads might interest you too!

                                                            Featured photo credit: Kurman Communications/Flickr via flic.kr

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                                                            Last Updated on October 14, 2020

                                                            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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