Fake it till you make it. Self-confidence is something that you’re either born with or work hard at. If you want to stop comparing yourself to others and learn to love and nurture yourself, you’ll become happier. That happiness will radiate from within you and you’ll become a powerful force to be reckoned with. Here’s how to amp up your self-esteem.

Look Your Best- Sure this is just on the outside, but how you present yourself says a lot about how you feel. Take the time to groom yourself and dress nicely. This is the first step in feeling good about who you are. You should also splurge on sexy little underpinnings that make you feel utterly sexy, no matter your size. When you pamper yourself, indulge in sensual perfumes and dress a little sexier, even if just for yourself, you’ll harness the power of being a woman.

Stop Negative Thinking- Learn that your thoughts can be controlled. You don’t have to absorb every negative criticism or allow it to affect the way you feel about yourself. Stop focusing on your bad traits and look at all the beauty that lies within you. The next time you hear that naughty little voice telling you you’re not good enough, kick it to the curb and prove that you are. Remember your biggest competition is in the mirror. Don’t let negative self-talk take you down.

Learn- Take an interest in the news and in current events. Know some of the bestselling books of the year. Expose yourself to new places and situations and you’ll always have something to talk about. If you find yourself acting awkward and tongue-tied around strangers it might be because you have social anxiety that makes you panic. If you stay in tune with the world, you’ll discover there is always something to learn from everyone, and this will make you more interesting and easy to talk to.

Update Your Social Profiles- Whether you’ve made some positive lifestyle changes that have changed your appearance or you just want to look and feel your best, updating your social and dating profiles is a sure-fire way to increase your confidence. So, shoot a few selfies, and can we say LIKES?

Wear Fragrance- Women who wear perfume can appear more confident in social, romantic and even business situations. Find a signature scent that works with your body’s chemistry, or shop our list of fragrances that will make you feel like a million bucks.

Sit Up Straight- Slouchers appear insecure and introverted. This is the last way you want to present yourself to the world if you’re trying to increase your self-esteem. Keep your back firmly placed upright when you sit and when you walk. This can take practice and work. Strengthening your stomach muscles though yoga or Pilates will support your efforts.

Smile- Wearing a smile with your lips, your eyes or both makes you instantly approachable, so don’t be a Negative Nancy. Stay positive and you feel confident because it will be easier for people to talk with you, You may even improve your dating life if you walk into a room looking happy.

Self-confidence means you’re comfortable with who you are, how you look, and how you feel. Learn to love yourself with these tips and you’ll never question your worth when you walk into a room.

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