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Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

Tip Nine: Independence Day Redux

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell


You think and feel for your own self. Committed to firsthand experience, you establish the merit of things. You don’t relinquish your perception or power to experts. You don’t rely on reviews, critics, and other secondhand sources to decide for you.

Despite the unrelenting gravity that society exerts in controlling the rigid flow of the mainstream, you choose autonomy—not mindless dogma.

Independence without considered discernment is a flaw.

Monday Mar 07, 2016

Tip Seven: Gratitude, Grace, and Oysters

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell


You feel gratitude, not necessarily about any single thing, but for the state of gratitude itself. You focus on your blessings, which bolsters self-worth.

Arriving on the heels of adversity, grace is yet another test of restraint, or will power—a prerequisite for a self-confident person who lives in the present moment of fulfillment instead of future uncertainty, doubt, and hope.

The world is your oyster because through will power you have cast out the irritants called greed, envy, and insecurity. Only the pearl of goodwill remains.

Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Tip Seven: Genius is Dedication

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell


You don’t identify with giving up on yourself, which is failure. You are capable of wonder, for you are in dharma, are you not? Knowing where your art stands in the universe translates into power, leverage, and self-confidence.

Courting approval has consequences for which you are prepared. You remain steadfast in your abilities and gracious when others don’t yet appreciate your work. Your confidence soars, as you’ve replaced ‘disappointment’ with ‘that’s revealing’. To be great you must do great things. While talent is the gift, genius is dedication.

Tuesday Dec 22, 2015

Tip Six: Self-Reliant—No Excuses

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell


When confronted by adversity, you are reminded that the problem is the teacher, which is this: you are resourceful, and can do what is necessary yourself.

As a leader, you find a way, not an excuse, a response that separates doers from wannabes. You are sure because being unsure inspires no one. Your sense of mission also motivates others.

Self-confident people avoid parroting clichés, and have a sense of humor, especially at their own expense.

Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

Tip Five Self-confidence

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence


Awareness is intuitive perception that allows you to see things uncluttered by illusion or preconceived notions. Acts of awareness promote confidence and self-preservation. While your attention is on reading a book, awareness informs you that your house is on fire.

Awareness demands discernment between what is pertinent from what is irrelevant. If you can’t, then you have lost single-mindedness of purpose—making self-confidence immaterial.

To engage awareness, master the first rule: don’t believe your own bull.

The second rule is that no ‘thing’ is obvious; and the third is that no ‘thing’ goes without saying.