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It sometimes seems that confident people stand a better chance in life. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: being self-assured and having faith in yourself encourages other people to believe in you, too.

It may be true that some people have more natural confidence than others, but that’s no reason to despair if you’re subject to self-doubt. Instead, regard confidence as a necessary component in your plans to succeed, and give yourself permission to build it up.

Practice, practice, practice

Begin by cultivating an awareness of how you “talk” to yourself. Do you spend a lot of time dwelling on worries or self-criticism? If so, work on nipping ...

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