STOP Chasing Confidence

I have always been an under-confident girl in my childhood. In some ways, I still am. The “Stop Being Shy ” and ‘Be Confident’ advice from my parents, friends and teachers didn’t help me one bit. I have always been an introvert, feel drained while talking to people and always feel recharged when alone.

I think we need to stop chasing self confidence. Of course it’s nice to be a bold and confident woman who is life of every party, but what if you ain’t cut for it?

Let’s stop being critical and become compassionate. The pressure to be above average, if not something unique, is daunting. We need to be kind to others and ourselves too.

Don’t let anyone bully you. Don’t give others a chance to decide for you. And most importantly, Do not let anyone treat you like shit or demean you.

Do things which make you happy. If you like reading novels, read them. If you are fond of swimming , then do it. Do things which make you happy. And most importantly respect yourself. Atleast for me, Self respect and self compassion holds more importance.

73 thoughts on “STOP Chasing Confidence

  1. I am quite the introvert, shy and silent type since childhood and still one in today’s adulting phase. People keep telling to be bold but what matters doing things that slowly help us to affirm your identity. Very courageous of you to write and with so much honesty, Sneha. Keep it up!

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    1. Exactly! Just bcz we are introverts doesn’t mean we are sad, lonely or have no friends. Just that we feel exhausted going to parties and socializing all day. I would any day prefer to be in my home, inside my razaai, with a novel.

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      1. I have never gone to any party other than the formal army ones that too with my parents. I just can’t socialise with ppl. I any day prefer being in my cozy home tucked inside my blanket with my fave novel 😛

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  2. Great read and very relatable. I was very shy growing up and definelty an introvert, I still am in a sense. Over the years I’ve grown out of it but I am still reserved when around certain individuals. Keep up the good work

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  4. Nicely expressed thoughts and views Sneha.
    It’s nice that you are open about it…I am a shy and a bit of a loner too.
    Yes it’s important that we respect people for what they are and let them be.
    Your opening up which is simply great!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 This means a lot.
      Exactly, we need to stop being judgemental and accept people the way they are .
      Thank you aunty for taking out time to read my blog, for writing a comment and encouraging me . Much love 🙂

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  5. Totally agree with you. My son is the same and for many years we would pester him to go out & meet people. All that probably imposed greater pressure on him. Better sense has now prevailed on us ( foolish parents). He is happier & more composed now. Thanks for your insight. Stay blessed always.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking out time to read my blog and give your feedback. Absolutely, that’s what use to happen with me. My parents, though absolutely wonderful and loving, could never understand why I am so shy and a loner as both of them are extroverts . And as a result, I always felt different and odd-one-out. Now , I have just accepted myself the way I am.

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  6. Well said Sneha! Whether a person is an introvert or extrovert, shy or bold etc etc what is to be understood is that human being is a creation of nature’s forces and environment both internally and externally over which it has not control. Therefore, like you said, love yourself as you are and love others as they are

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    1. You have put it across so beautifully. Absolutely. Infact Introverts  value their space, so they tend to naturally respect that of others. What is important is to stop being judgemental and to accept people the way they are.

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  7. Every human being, rather every living being is UNIQUE !
    Since there is no assembly line production.. hence there is no question of conformity..!
    Conformity/comparison with peers.. is OPTIONAL !
    Learn to be comfortable in your own skin.. as the creator made ‘YOU’ !
    Cherish & live every single moment the maker (the Almighty..) has blessed you with..!
    That.. is the best way you can Re-Pay “Him” for this priceless ‘Gift’ ! 👃

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  8. Life is short. Do whatever makes you happy. Only ensure your happiness does not come at the cost of other’s happiness…well expressed

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  9. Dear Sneha,
    You have very correctly brought out the solution to such a complex issue with such simplicity…
    The biggest challenge in our life is to get disturbed and disheartened about what others have to say or think about us..
    However as you said.. we need to start loving and respecting ourselves and not bother about others’ opinion..
    Right way to go 👍👍👍

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    1. You have penned it down beautifully. Absolutely, we need to stop being judgemental and start accepting people the way they are- with their flaws and imperfection. Self -acceptance is crucial.

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  10. Well said Sneha.If one were to follow this thought process it would actually lead to the elusive mental contentment.
    Regards. Aravind.

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  11. Sneha..felt good about reading your post. Many of us share the same feelings as we grow up. Love yourself for who you are. We only have one life and we must lead it to the fullest. Cheers to life

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    1. Yes, we need to stop being judgemental and start accepting people the way they are, that is, with their flaws and imperfection. Self -acceptance is crucial.

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  12. Wat you think of yourself is more important than Wat people think of you.
    You may become a ‘Warren Buffet’ but if you have not been yourself it’s not worth it.

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    1. So true. That’s why Self -love is crucial. I came across few lines by Joybell which is apt for this – “You may be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment you use to criticize yourself is a moment of your life wasted”

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  13. Very well said. It is a very difficult subject which you have simply expressed. Be yourself that is nice. Keep writing. Like to read them.

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  14. A lot of us passed thru the same stage. Essense is to insulate one from external influence and opinions and listen to your heart. Caring too much about what other will say, will make life miserable. It’s human nature to be influenced by what others will say, as we are social beings by nature. Work towards learning to ignore and one can fine peace and balance.

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  15. Very well articulated views, Sneha. Actually your honest views on this issue reflect your tremendous inner confidence. I appreciate your deep understanding of this complex human dimension. God bless you.

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  16. Written with simplicity and depth, the words come from the heart. Your piece is both honest and sensitive…keep writing and sharing Sneha.

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  19. “What others will say” has been in our mind for ages… but I think at one stage we ignore this after years of experience…
    You just expressed it in simple way… Keep it this way always…

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