Confidence comes from our ability to trust not just those in our lives but ourselves as well. When we are happy inside and more lighthearted we are more energetic. We exhibit confidence in many ways. The first is in our belief in our intrinsic talents. Individuals who stand out do so because they are in touch with their capabilities and rely on them constantly. People with high self-esteem let their light shine. Being creative is a great confidence booster. Having people in our lives that recognize our intelligence and our uniqueness as professionals also helps. Confidence comes from our interest in everything. Being open to learning and being inquisitive unconsciously draws us to others who also question things in their lives and in the professional arena as well. After sharing with other like-minded individuals we eventually collect a wealth of information. We should never underestimate the power of our associations both good and bad. They can make all the difference in the way we perceive ourselves. Surrounding ourselves with people who respect us and who make us think of ourselves as top performers is a great way to gain confidence. Communicating effectively is another way to let people know who we are. Not only do our words and our body language tell others how we see ourselves but so does our definitive tone. It is important to recognize that people listen to the rhythm of our speech and eradicate unintentional messages from our verbiage. If we sound unsure we appear unsure. Setting a little time aside every week to devote ourselves to learning new vocabulary and to practicing as well as perfecting our speaking manner is worth the effort. Presenting ourselves in public in a way that is not conducive to the things we enjoy doing makes us come across as an in genuine person. Costuming communicates volumes about us and what matters most to us. Matching what we wear with our interests makes us appear more authentic. Wearing sporty clothing is a great way to attract people who tend to be more inclined to enjoy athletic activities as well. If you like theatre or ballet perhaps a classic look will announce to observers who share similar refined tastes that you have something in common. One last note, people who possess confidence are always showing others that they value them and they treat them well. Even when pressed for time, they still handle them graciously, fairly and courteously. At all costs, they avoid making others feel that they are an intrusion in their lives. They do not need to assume a superior role by dispiriting others by neglecting to return their calls, brushing them off by saying they are on their way out or that they only have a few minutes to talk or, by saying things that leave another to second guess their remarks. They honor the individuality of others and recognize what is valuable in each person because they see the value of themselves. In the final analysis we are but mere mirrors to one another and if it’s truly there, our confidence shows it is reflected in all those who we intermingle with.