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Even Adults Would Love These 30 Amazing Dollhouses

Even Adults Would Love These 30 Amazing Dollhouses

When you were little, did you play with a dollhouse that just wasn’t everything you dreamed it would be? So maybe you took cardboard and construction paper and made additions. Maybe you found Christmas lights, wrapped them in tulle to create an ethereal or underwater effect for your mermaids and mermen. Or maybe you converted an old tree trunk and made a Middle Earth worthy hobbit home.

Wherever your imagination took you as a child, now that you are older, maybe it’s time to reclaim that imagination.

And now that you live in an internet connected world that allows you not only to see the wild creations of others, but offers also step-by-step instructions, how to videos, and niche stores supplying amazing miniatures to complete and compliment your one of a kind dream home, you can do almost ANYTHING!

Whatever your taste is, take a look at these 30 thoughtful and AMAZING doll’s houses! And let the world of miniatures engulf you once again.

1. Shabby Chic Simple

Who says all dollhouses have to be pink?! Maybe you live in boxy modern efficiency but are dreaming about white lace and roses on a mossy shoal somewhere. With this charming cottage from Cinderella Moments by Caroline Dupuis, you can welcome this breath of fresh air on a window ledge or side table and dwell in possibilities.

La Maison de Ville Dollhouse by Caroline Dupuise of Cinderella Moments

    2. A Different Sort of Tree House

    Starting from scratch might mean just taking a walk in the woods. A tree stump might just be laying around begging for a second life as a mouse dollhouse. This house by Maddie Brindley can be found complete with instructions at Mad’s Mouse House on WordPress with more information about the craftsman.

    Mad Mouse House by Maddie Brindley

      3. Striking the right note

      One person’s junk is another person’s treasure-to-be! A warped or broken guitar can be the home of fanciful play again. Take a look at Fairy Meadow Miniatures’ guitar dollhouse. For pictures of the work in progress, check out their website.

      Guitar Doll House by Fairy Meadow Miniatures

        4. A Grounded Type of Dollhouse

        You knew with a reference to J.R. R. Tolkiens’ Middle Earth that I was going to have one Hobbit House. And here it is! You don’t have to fly to New Zealand, but it could take a year to build one just like Maddie Chambers. For more incredible inside pictures, visit Mads Hobbit Hole on wordpress.

        Miniature Hobbit House by Maddie Chambers

          5. So you feel like turning Japanese . . .

          Like the 80s English band, The Vapors, you might feel like turning Japanese, but of course you can’t. You might not be able to move to Japan or even buy sushi where you live. But you could have your own amazing miniature Japanese doll house! This one is sold as a kit from Billy, a Japanese dollhouse company.

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          Billy Japanese Doll House

            6. Dreams of being a gypsy

            Maybe your dreams are of roaming the European countryside as rambling gypsy. With the advent of laser cutting printers, dollhouses can come in any shape or size, like the 8″ caravan from Michelle’s Miniatures.

            Michele's Miniatures Caravan Wagon

              7. Maybe more mod!

              Your style might be more retro or just rainbow if you love Love LOVE this stylish gym. This Kaleidoscope home can only be found on Ebay or Craigslist for the time being, but what a special dollhouse it would be!

              Kaleidoscope House

                8. A mini-modernist on your hands

                The opposite of a Victoria doll house that was the idol of my youth is this mini-modern masterpiece. Called the Bennet House on many websites, the secondary market might be the only place it exists anymore!

                The Bennet House

                  8. Real Retro

                  If you don’t mind searching the globe and the timeline, you might find this, the Plattenbau-Hochhaus from 1966. Talk about a charmer! But how could you dare play with this one!

                  Plattenbau-Hochhaus

                    9. Castle estate, take me away!

                    If capturing another century versus a decade is your thing, and you always felt you would be suited for the royal treatment, then this laser cut castle doll house is your thing. I couldn’t find the kit for sale, but it might be possible to find a video with the step-by-step laser saw demonstration. One can dream and wish upon a star I suppose!

                    Castle from Laser Tutorial Video

                      10. True Royalty Only

                      Maybe you could be a billionaire these days and get something comparable to the exact dollhouse of Queen Mary which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1924. This picture is of the house’s moving day in 1924. If you want to see the castle in person, you’ll need to plan a trip to Windsor Castle. I think it might be worth it.

                      Queen Mary's Doll House now on display at Windsor Castle.

                        11. Very Victorian

                        If you want a Victorian dollhouse, your choices are innumerable. There are examples of every possible color combination and scale. This is a classic one pictured on several websites. There is sure to be a kit to start with that will make your very Victorian heart skip a beat.

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                        Very Victorian

                          12. Something That Could Be From Lemony Snickets

                          Victorian doll houses with or without extensive gingerbread detail can call out to you even from childhood classic books and movies, like Lemony Snickets or James and the Giant Peach. The coffee stain aging is just inspired.

                          Story Book Quality Victorian Dollhouse

                            12. Maybe something more grown-up from Tim Burton

                            Maybe scary really is your thing or you just have a dark side, Tim Burton style? Well, the internet is populated with amazing doll houses that fit that bill! Here is one that is very Beetle Juice.

                             Beetle Juice Doll House

                              13. Very haunted memories

                              If that wasn’t scary enough, this won’t be either, because the charming house from Amityville seduces it’s victims into feeling like they are in an ideal New England farmhouse, right before all things go terribly, terribly wrong. What a beauty of movie memorabilia or fan art.

                              Amityville Dollhouse

                                14. Not to be play with….ever…

                                Some dollhouses do not ask to be played with, like this one that has been described as the Tim Burton Dollhouse. It looks like the place where Edward Scissorhands might reside. It seems also to scream RUN THE OTHER WAY!

                                Tim Burton Haunted All the Way Doll House

                                  15. Have you heard of Rob Heard?

                                  Rob Heard’s sculptures are dollhouses elevated to gravity defying art! I don’t know if there is any child in the world lucky enough to play within one of these masterpieces, but if so, they are fantastically fortunate. Did I say gravity defying?!

                                  Rob Heard House

                                    16. Buying a boutique of miniatures

                                    If shopping nonstop is your dream and fantasy, then maybe a London boutique dollhouse is what you are yearning for. This one will be on display at the Kinsington Dollshow in London this May 2015. Just bring the mall home, won’t you?

                                    Boutique Dollhouse at Kinsington Dollshow 2015

                                      17. A dollhouse right out of a book

                                      Some dollhouses are made right out of books, literally! If you crack open one of these, you’ll find teeny, tiny, itty, bitty books even inside. You might even need a magnifying glass to enjoy all the details.

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                                        18. An adorable adobe dollhouse

                                        If you want something more south of the border, this adorable adobe might be just right for you. Check out any culture you are interested in and just know you can create in miniature a dollhouse to satisfy your globe trotting desires.

                                        Adobe Doll House

                                          19. Exceptional Chinese academia dollhouse

                                          The doors of learning are wide open if you want to build a school for your dolls. This replica of a chinese academy comes ready to assemble in a kit like any other dollhouse.

                                          Chinese Academia Dollhouse Kit

                                            20. Blow your own horn

                                            For centuries shells and horns were made into, well, horns, but how many have been made into a fairy house? This slightly creepy fantasy creation is still amazing.

                                            Dollhouse made from a horn

                                              21. So simple, a child could assemble ANY WAY THEY WANT!

                                              When I came upon her website, I got a little excited. Because not only are the houses attractive, but pieces can be traded out and interlocked. This is a city of Lille. For more, go check out Lille Hussets House..

                                              Lilly Husset Paper Doll Houses

                                                22. A shoe in

                                                Maybe you have so many dolls you don’t know what to do, so you might need this shoe, or rather, boot house. There are dozens of styles online, and wouldn’t it be a fun challenge to turn a boot into a house for little dolls.

                                                boot doll house

                                                  22. 3-2-1 LIFT OFF!!

                                                  I looked and looked and finally found, a ROCKET SHIP DOLL HOUSE!!! I’m not even sure how on earth I found this out of this world creation, but I know I was disappointed to find that it seems to out of stock. But why not make one from scratch? Who says a dollhouse has to be a house?! Maybe we need to build some space station houses.

                                                  Discovery Space Dollhouse

                                                    23. Repurposefull

                                                    It’s not a word, repurposefull, but this isn’t a dollhouse anymore either. A reversal of the theme of taking other things and making them into dollhouses, this is a dollhouse turned into shelving space in a laundry room. Kind of makes me sad.

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                                                    Repurposed Dollhouse

                                                      24. Living the Fabulous Life

                                                      There were no quirky self-made dollhouses that were also cruise ships, but I have to include the Barbie or Glamour Gal cruise ships because they are sometimes bigger than the dream houses. Some are bigger than children’s bookcases. Although all plastic, they are fabulous, and I miss mine!

                                                      Cruiseship

                                                        25. The artist’s den of dollhouses

                                                        I hadn’t thought about it, but recreating an artist’s studio would be amazing. Take a look at Frida’s!  The details include prints of her own artwork as well as a miniature Frida in her iconic pose.

                                                        Frida's Art Studio Dollhouse

                                                          26. One that casts a spell

                                                          This Voodoo House by Laura Denison is a rich beauty. Instead of scary, it is just charming. For more of her creations you can check out her at G 45 Papers on Typepad. The layering and texture of color and patterns are a feast for the eyes. The little lamps and chandeliers are adorable. Wait!  Is that a skull on the floor…?!

                                                          LAURA DENISON VOODOO HOUSE

                                                            27. Green with envy

                                                            This dollhouse seems to rise right out of a coffee table, and not a small one either. It is a rich green with lots of detail. My legs get tired just looking at the winding staircase the dolls would have to climb.

                                                            green doll house

                                                              28. Fantasy creation indeed!

                                                              Frogmorton seems to specialize in dollhouses from the fairy-gnome territory. This one seems to be a living tree house grown by Mother Nature herself for some of her forest dwelling family. For more dreamy designs, look into Frogmorton.

                                                              Treehouse by Frogmorton

                                                                29. Go green! dollhouse

                                                                For the environmentally conscious raising the next generation of earth caretakers, some dollhouses are seriously green, employing windmills and solar panels. This Planstoy Green Dollhouse is even supplied with recycle bins for all sorts of materials. Talk about raising the next generation to love their mother earth!

                                                                Plantoys Green Dollhouse

                                                                  30. In an old house in Paris, that was covered in vines…

                                                                  I had to pick a stopping point, so the Old House In Paris is it. I own one of these houses and have many of the dolls and furnishings. The book was a favorite from childhood. The movies j’adore! I love that spunky sprite Madeline. So when I came across this dollhouse sitting in a consignment store, I was stunned. They do not sell these in the United States, so I had not seen or heard of them. And I’m an adult and have long stopped watching Madeline’s adventures.

                                                                  But because I had started reading the books to my daughter, I couldn’t resist bringing this dollhouse into my home with as many of Madeline’s friends as I could find on Ebay! I think I might enjoy it more than my kid, and I do get excited when I find an item here or there. The doorbell works. The lantern lights up. I can get plenty of accessories. And I even have Miss Clavel. And one day I’ll get Genevieve the dog!  ….FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN….of course!

                                                                  madeline's dollhouse

                                                                    Featured photo credit: Rob Heard via robheard.co.uk

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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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