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5 Things to Do When You Feel Insecure
I am terribly insecure much of the time. I grew up with bad acne, braces, and a twin sister who was in the popular group. The adolescent self-doubt had sticking power. At times I can pull off the image of a self-confident author and writer, but it usually lasts as long as the speaking event or lunch with my editor.

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Consider it beautiful

Insecurity — the vulnerability of spirit — is essentially humility, which is a virtue.

Self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are...

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List your best qualities

Ask two or three of your best friends to list ten of your best qualities and put those in there to jumpstart the project.

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Avoid people you feel insecure around

Sometimes you have to rearrange your schedule, take lunch at a different time, or compile a ton of excuses. You have to protect yourself for as long as you are feeling insecure. 

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Surround yourself with supportive people

Those trusted few are the voices of truth and we need as many voices of truth as we can get. 

We’re going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have i...

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Invisible insecurities

You figure everyone can see that you’re insecure. And that actually makes you feel more insecure. 

No one can see your insecurity. They are too worried about their own insecurity ...

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Voice as an important tool

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  • Record And Listen To Your Voice. Look for ways to improve your pronunciation, your delivery, and your pacing.
  • Record Phone Conversations. Replay to hear different ways that you could improve your delivery and articulation next time.
  • Focus On Pauses. The drama and power of a speech are contained in the silences that you create as you move from point to point.
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