It takes twelve muscles to smile and 113 muscles to frown. When you smile at another person with a warm, genuine smile, you tell that other person that he or she is attractive, pleasant, likeable, safe and secure in your estimation. A single smile is so powerful that it can often transform a person with low self-esteem, jolting them from negativity to a person with a positive attitude.

For one person self-confidence might be about speaking in public. For another it might be about being confident in social situations, or it might mean having the confidence to approach potential life partners. But whatever the situation that reveals our lack of confidence, the definition of confidence is that there is always something about being self-assured, showing self-reliance, or not being anxious or nervous.

Another common definition of self-confidence centres on being assertive, getting what you want. This is about standing up for yourself, about having the presence, the personal power, to regard yourself as equal to others and to behave in a way that reflects this.

Although you may not know it at the moment, there are some key factors which can make you feel less confident.  An important one is not being in control – or at least not feeling that you’re in control. If you think of situations where you feel less confident, you’re almost certain to recognize that the common factor is that they are beyond your control.

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