We all want to be brave, stand up for ourselves, and be the hero depicted in so many stories. What about just being more confident in our everyday lives? Asking your co-worker out on a date, asking your boss for a raise, or finally deciding to quit your job and travel the world. If you feel like you could use a confidence boost, check out these five books:
It doesn’t get more straightforward than this title. Side note about confidence: Being direct, just like that title is a key. Stop beating around the bush so much, cut out those “ums” and “uhs.” Say what you feel and get to your point. Anyways, back to the book. This book contains practical exercises and techniques based on the very latest cognitive behavioural therapy research and presents the results in a friendly, easy to read way. The authors’ results-driven approach will give you a new sense of confidence in every area of your life.
This book provides simple, yet very effective, exercises to boost your self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. Some of the techniques may seem a little new-agey or hookie, but keep an open mind and you might just find exactly what you’re looking for. The author works through issues on self-image, relationships, business, public speaking, dating and sex, and leaving bad situations.
Patty Chang Anker’s autobiography is funny, witty, down to earth, and downright inspirational. Her story stems from wanting to raise her children is a more free and unafraid of failure environment, unlike her childhood. She talks about her own fears from everything as specific and silly as exercise and wedgies to intimate and deep issues like learning to let go, dealing with rejection, failure, and death. Throughout the book, Anker draws on interviews with teachers, therapists, coaches, and clergy to impart both practical advice and profound wisdom.
This book is a collection of stories from an array of people from all walks of life who exhibit courage is vairous way: soldiers, policemen, performers, bullfighters, activists, a wide variety of daredevil performers, people fighting diseases, people who have experienced muggings, and even the thieves themselves. All of the their stories range from insanely courageous and heroic acts to everyday expressions of confidence and generosity. All told, this is an exploration of the various expressions and meanings of bravery, courage, and guts.
Another autobiography, Mindy Budgor, when told women aren’t built emotionally or physically strong enough to do the work of a Maasai warriors, vows to do just that. She joins a tribe of Maasai warriors in Kenya and lives among them and shows her mettle. Part of her journey involves drinking goat blood, determining the temperature of lion poop, and defending her fellow trainees from stampeding elephants. Through her experiences with the Maasai, she also confronts more domesticated fears about her body image, relationship status, and overall self-confidence.