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Learning to Trust Yourself: Mindfulness & Vulnerability | Mindfulness …

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us there is something valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” – E. E. CummingsWhen was the last time you experienced a moment of self-doubt? In a world full of seemingly endless choices and information it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed Continue reading

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Build self-confidence | USSD Karate, Palo Alto

Build self-confidenceWe teach the younger generation self-discipline and self-confidence. Martial arts training strengthens all the muscle groups, improves flexibility and coordination, and promotes mental toughness and perseverance. Improved self-esteem is a natural byproduct of this. Our martial arts training program can be helpful to children with physical challenges and to those with behavioral problems or personality traits that have made it difficult for them to succeed at other sports. Children who don’t seem to thrive in team sports often succeed in martial arts.Some parents may wonder if the martial arts encourage aggressive and show-off behavior. We have found that a shy child is energized by learning martial arts; an energetic child finds a new sense of calm. A bully finds out that he isn’t as tough as he thought he was.Our instructors are very clear that the skills you learn are for self-defense, not for attacking others Continue reading

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Building Confidence and Self Esteem in Gonzales LA | Active Martial …

Building Self Esteem and Confidence at Active Martial Arts in Gonzales LA. Many people say Martial Arts training builds confidence and builds self esteem. How exactly do we do that?Martial Arts Instructors are well respected, looked up to, admired- idolized even. We are like super heros to children. We are professional role models, and it isn’t something to be taken lightly. With this in mind, here are just a few techniques we use to build self esteem. Belt recognition – As you or your child progress through the program learning certain skills you will earn stripes on your belt Continue reading

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Free Range Kids » Does Singing About Friendship & Self-Esteem …

Hi Folks – This piece about child friendship is fascinating to me. I’d love you to ponder what to me is the main point: Isn’t it easier to make a friend while working on something together (especially something big), than while simply talking about  friendship?A parallel thought: If you’ve ever taken a class on writing novels, plays, or anything dramatic (for me it was musicals), you know the credo: “Show, don’t tell!” Don’t have Romeo just yammering about how much he loves Juliet and wants to spend his life with her and how really sorry he’d feel if anything bad ever happened to her…  SHOW their passion. Have them DO things. Have them change their lives, not just chat, chat, chat.In the letter below, by Lisa R. Continue reading

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Adolescent Building Blocks for Adult Happiness | Psychology Today

The question basically was this: “What are some psychological building blocks in childhood and adolescence on which adult happiness can depend?” Off the top of my head, three endowments came to mind, the three C’s: control, companionship, and contentment. Take them one at a time.First is CONTROL. While no one controls what one writer (Thomas Wolf) called “the groping accident” of their life, or the rule of the unexpected that chance decrees, to the degree that a person believes they can succeed in influencing their course, they can feel a degree of purpose and effectiveness. Buoyed by this confidence, one adolescent may declare: “It’s my life, and I can decide to do with it what I want.” Contrast this statement with one from another teenager who is feeling depressed: “I’m helpless, there’s nothing I can do, whatever happens is not up to me.” In the first case, confidence in control gives the young person grounds for happiness; in the second case, sense of no control can cause the young person to feel unhappy indeed.An example of this difference can be the contrast between the optimistic high school student who just got into college and feels happily in charge of creating this opportunity, and the pessimistic college student who just graduated and feels unhappily out of control, still unable find a job after six months of hard looking.For parents of an adolescent, within the limits of relative safety, it pays if they can encourage pursuing interests, determining direction, goal setting, and taking responsibility. Continue reading

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Bookworm Lisa~: Immigration and Adaptation blog tour [Giveaway]

Book Description:Adaptation is a must. But how does one go about doing this? It takes great planning, finances, and courage to leave one’s homeland; but then finding support and comfort or anything of familiarity in a new land presents a whole new set of challenges. Continue reading

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How to Build the Self-Confidence Needed to Finish Your College …

Self-confidence. It’s the stuff that helps people banish negativity and feel pretty good about their life and abilities. Self-confident people are thought to be better at trying new things, rebounding from disappointment, and overcoming obstacles. They’re also more successful at handling stress, relating to others and achieving their goals.Self-confidence, or how you see yourself, affects every aspect of life, from physical fitness and mental health, to work and finances, to social interactions and education.Although self-confidence is initially developed in childhood, building self-confidence on your own at any age is possible. And, believe it or not, finishing your college degree is the perfect example of how you can do it Continue reading

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Love and Female Empowerment: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane EyreAuthor: Charlotte BrontëPublished By: Vintage ClassicsDate Published: April 7, 2009 (Originally published 1847)Pages: 624Genre: ClassicRecommended Age: Young Adults, AdultsReviewed By: Charlene http://bookishwhimsy.blogspot.com/Rating: 5From my personal collectionSummary:Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane’s childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic Continue reading

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Self Esteem | How building self confidence will boost your self esteem

A lack of self confidence and low self esteem often go hand in hand. Boosting one can lead to significant increases in the other.Anything you can do to boost your self confidence will have a significant effect on the esteem that you hold yourself in. It is not necessary to start your own journey towards high self esteem by changing the big things in your life – it is often by working on the smaller things that will bring you the fastest results. Winning a series of small battles with yourself will bring you a decisive victory over your own lack of self confidence faster than trying to change the current state of your nature in one go.In this article we will look at small ways that you can make changes in your life that, overall, will combine to boost your self esteem to new heights that you wouldn’t have thought possible.1 Continue reading

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Self Esteem | Boost your self confidence and self esteem from within

Self confidence is a quality everyone needs to be successful, happy and productive; however, there are some who do not feel self-confident.That is why it is important to build your self confidence so that you can live a more productive and fulfilling life. But, how can this be achieved? There are several effective tips that will not only build your self confidence but also give your self esteem a healthy boost.One important first step in building your self confidence is to think back to where you were several years ago, where you are at this time, where you would like to be and then think of what you need to do to reach your personal goals. In addition, think of what you have done with your life up to this point and then make a list of at least five good things you have achieved. Maybe you did well with your first job or maybe you work well with teams or maybe you helped someone in your life achieve something wonderful Continue reading

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