Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On My Nook: Building Self-Confidence

What am I currently reading on my Nook
365 Steps to Self-Confidence by David Lawrence Preston

I'm intrigued by the opening remarks about low self-esteem and self-doubt.

A man who doubts himself is like a man who enlists in the ranks of the enemy and bears arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by being the first to be convinced of it. ~ Alexandre Dumas
The David Lawrence Preston says this in his opening remarks:

"People who lack confidence and self-belief always underachieve. They're less adventurous and less likely to get the most out of life. They're more prone to a variety of stress-related problems, including anxiety, eating disorders and mental health problems. Lack of confidence holds you back."

And how do we build self-confidence?  I haven't read the whole book yet, but in Chapter 1 Preston says he'll use the ITIA Formula.  ITIA stands for:
  1. Assert your intention to be confident and make a commitment.
  2. Change your thinking - including attitudes and beliefs
  3. Imagine yourself as a confident person
  4. Act as if you're already confident - the more you speak and behave confidently, the more confident you will become.
I'm intrigued by the beginning of this book and looking forward to working my way through the 365 steps. I think nearly everyone can use some help in gaining more self-confidence and learning to believe more in themselves and abilities. Low self-esteem isn't a huge problem for me. I'm a strong and powerful woman, but sometimes I let negative self-talk creep into my mind and plant seeds of doubt. So even for those who are fairly confident, I can see that this book will be of benefit - for no other reason than it'll bring about a greater awareness of the dangers of letting negative affirmations have too much power in our lives. And for those who are working on gaining more confidence, these step-by-step instructions can make the process easier and more methodical.



  1. I'm thinking of asking for a Nook for my birthday. I became interested when our library started allowing rental downloads to the Nook!

  2. @Beth - Yep, that was one of the BIG selling points for my buying the Nook. That and the fact that I can read PDF files and access the web. So far, I'm loving it!


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