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10 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Cookie Recipes

10 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Cookie Recipes

There are two types of people in this world: people who love cookies, and liars. Have you ever met someone who flat-out hates cookies? Me neither.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner, attending a party, or embarking on a binge sugar diet, you can never go wrong with cookies. The world is aplenty with cookie recipes. Some are better than others, but a few are completely mind-blowingly delicious.

I managed to find 10 that fall in the latter category. Let’s check them out!

Butter Snow Flakes

Butter Snow Flakes

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    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon orange zest

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

    In a medium bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and orange zest. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Fill a cookie press or pastry bag with dough, and form cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

    Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cookies are golden brown on the peaks and on the bottoms. Remove from cookie sheets at once to cool on wire racks.

    Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookies

    Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookies

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      • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
      • 2/3 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1 cup brown sugar
      • 2 eggs
      • 2 tsp vanilla
      • 2 2/3 cup flour
      • 2 tsp baking soda
      • 1 tsp salt
      • Heaping 1/3 cup Nutella

      Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla together until smooth. Combine flour, baking soda and salt and add to butter mixture. Add Nutella in dollops over the top of the dough. Use a butter knife to swirl the Nutella through the dough. Do not over mix. Chill the dough in fridge for 15 minutes before spooning onto cookie sheet to firm the Nutella. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Bake until slightly brown at edges. Let cool a few minutes on cookie sheet before transferring.

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      The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

      The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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        • 1 pound unsalted butter
        • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
        • 2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
        • 4 large eggs
        • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons pastry flour
        • 3 cups bread flour
        • 1 tablespoon salt
        • 2 teaspoons baking powder
        • 2 teaspoons baking soda
        • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
        • 2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

        Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.
        In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
        Reduce speed to low and add both flours, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and chocolate; mix until well combined.
        Using a 4-ounce scoop for larger cookies or a 1-ounce scoop for smaller cookies, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly browned, but still soft, about 20 minutes for larger cookies and about 15 minutes for smaller cookies.
        Cool slightly on baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

        Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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        • 1 cup softened butter
        • 1 cup brown sugar
        • 1 cup granulated sugar
        • 2 teaspoons vanilla
        • 2 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1 teaspoon baking soda
        • ½ teaspoon salt
        • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
        • 2 eggs
        • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
        • 1 cup chocolate chips

        Cream butter and sugars together until nice and fluffy. Whisk the eggs a bit with the vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, oats, and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.

        Leave this mixture in the fridge for about an hour so the dough balls can be formed easily. After the dough has been refrigerated preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. If you grab clumps of dough the size of a ping pong ball you will end up with about 36 cookies.

        Golden Peanut Butter Cookies

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          • 2 oz soft light brown sugar
          • 2 oz superfine sugar
          • 2 oz unsalted butter, softened
          • 1 medium Easter egg
          • 1 teaspoon honey
          • 1 teaspoon vanilla
          • 7 oz crunchy peanut butter
          • 4 oz all-purpose flour
          • 1 teaspoon baking soda
          • 1 teaspoon salt

          Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure out and combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cream together the butter and sugars until mixed. Add in the egg, vanilla, honey and peanut butter. Blend until smooth. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. The batter is so thick that you’ll know it’s mixed well when your arm starts to hurt! Using generous rounded tablespoonfuls, place the dough into roughly circular shapes on a baking tray. (You should get 12 exactly.) Bake for 10-12 minutes.

          Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

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            • 1 cup softened butter
            • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
            • 1/4 cup brown sugar
            • 1/2 teaspoon salt
            • 1  7.4 oz. box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink Mix
            • 2 eggs
            • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
            • 1 teaspoon baking soda
            • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
            • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
            • 3 cups all-purpose flour
            • 1 14 oz. bag soft caramels

            In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and all ten packs of apple cider mix until fluffy. About three minutes.

            Beat eggs, one at a time, and add with the vanilla to the butter mixture. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in three portions, mixing each just until incorporated.

            To make forming your cookie a bit easier, refrigerate for about an hour. This step is not required, but recommended. When you are ready to bake, unwrap your caramels.

            Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper (not waxed paper!). Begin by rolling about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough into a ball. A little more dough is better than less as the caramel will seep out the sides during baking.

            Next, flatten the ball of dough slightly in the palm of your hand. Press the caramel into the center of your dough and seal the dough around it, covering it completely. Place two inches apart on parchment-covered cookie sheets.

            Bake 12-14 minutes, or until very lightly browned around the edges. As soon as you notice the cookies are starting to lightly brown, remove them from the oven.

            Once the cookies are done, slide the parchment off the baking sheet right onto the counter. Allow cookies to partially cool on the parchment. When cookies are cool enough to be firm but still slightly warm, carefully twist them off the parchment and allow to finish cooling upside down.

            White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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              • 1/2 cup butter, softened but still chilled
              • 1/2 cup shortening
              • 3/4 cup brown sugar
              • 3/4 cup sugar
              • 2 eggs
              • 2 tsp vanilla
              • 1 tsp sea salt
              • 1 tsp baking soda
              • 1 Tbsp hot water
              • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
              • 2 cups white chocolate chips
              • 4 oz macadamia nuts

              Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and shortening together until well mixed and smooth. Add the brown sugar and sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes, until nearly creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time and mixing in between additions. Dissolve the baking soda in the tablespoon of water. Add both the baking soda and the vanilla to the mixer and mix well. Mix in the salt. Add the flour and mix until dough forms. Mix in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts using a wooden spoon or spatula.

              Scoop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined or silicon lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

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              Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

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                • 1 cup unsalted butter
                • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
                • 2 eggs
                • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                • 2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
                • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
                • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                • 1 (11-oz.) bag caramel bits
                • 1 cup coarsely chopped White Fudge Covered Pretzels

                Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper or silicone mat. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add eggs and vanilla and beat another 1 to 2 minutes.

                In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in caramel bits and pretzels.

                Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheets and press slightly to flatten.

                Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until set. Allow to cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

                Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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                  • 3 cups flour
                  • 1 tsp baking powder
                  • 1/2 tsp salt
                  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
                  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
                  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
                  • 1/2 almond extract
                  • 2 eggs

                  Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until fully absorbed. Separate dough into two disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

                  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
                  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
                  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
                  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
                  • 1 tbsp. milk

                  Divide the dough into two halves. On a floured surface, roll each half of dough to about ¼-inch thickness. Brush with melted butter. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over dough. Begin to roll up dough, starting at the long side. Wrap in plastic wrap and put dough in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes (until firm – not hard).
                  Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

                  Take dough out of freezer and begin cutting into 3/4 inch slices. Place slices about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown.
                  Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely.

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                  In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle icing over cooled cookies (making sure you have aluminum foil or waxed paper underneath cooling racks to catch excess icing).

                  Samoas Cookies

                  Samoas Cookies

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                    • ¾ cup butter, softened
                    • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
                    • ¼ cup sugar
                    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
                    • 1 egg
                    • 1 tsp baking soda
                    • 2 tsp cornstarch
                    • ½ tsp salt
                    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                    • 1 cup Samoas cookies, chopped
                    • ½ cup Hershey’s Coconut Creme Kisses, roughly chopped
                    • 1 & ½ cups shredded coconut
                    • 1 bag caramels, unwrapped
                    • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

                    In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat to combine. Stir in the baking soda, cornstarch, salt and flour until mixture resembles a soft dough. Stir in the chopped cookies and Hershey’s Kisses by hand.

                    Chill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour, or overnight.

                    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drop rounded, tall tablespoonfuls of dough about 1-2″ apart on lightly greased or silicone-lined cookie sheets. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Allow cookies to cool on the sheets for about 5 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rick to cool completely.

                    While the cookies cool, reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F. Reusing one of the greased or lined cookie sheets, spread the coconut in an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes. Turn the coconut, then bake another 5 minutes. Turn once more, and bake another 5 minutes or until coconut has toasted to a light golden brown color. Cool the coconut.

                    After cookies and coconut have cooled, in a microwave-safe bowl, heat the caramels for 45 seconds on HIGH. Stir, add a splash of milk or water, and continue melting another 30 seconds, stirring after each heating. Once smooth and melted, gently fold in the toasted coconut and toss to coat.

                    Using a greased spoon (or greased fingers), drop tablespoonfuls of the coconut caramel mixture onto the tops of the cooled cookies– careful, the mixture will be hot, but you must work carefully while the caramel is still soft and pliable. Gently smear the mixture around the circumference of the cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Once cookies have been topped with the coconut caramel mixture, heat the chocolate chips to melt. Drizzle the tops with melted chocolate; allow the chocolate to set. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, for several days.

                    One final piece of advice: If you are trying out any of these recipes make sure to follow Nigella’s excellent advice on baking and on how to make crunchy cookies. Nothing’s better than sweet, delicious, crunchy cookies. Yum!

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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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