December 2, 2019

Within months after Winfrey took over, the show went from last place in the ratings to overtaking Donahue as the highest rated talk show in Chicago. It was renamed the Oprah Winfrey Show. And the rest is history.

Considering her past, childhood and experiences and positive outlook in life, she didnt let anything deter her from reaching her goal and becoming successful. In fact, she uses them to inspire and reach out to others.


Self-confidence is an attitude which allows individuals to have positive yet realistic views of themselves and their situations. Self-confident people trust their own abilities, have a general sense of control in their lives, and believe that, within reason, they will be able to do what they wish, plan, and expect.

Surprisingly, lack of self-confidence is not necessarily related to lack of ability. Instead it is often the result of focusing too much on the unrealistic expectations or standards of others, especially parents and society.

Theorists may have different views on dealing with different behaviors; however, they are of the same goal: to continuously improve an individual in dealings with oneself and people around. Beliefs are important in determining success. One of the beliefs a must have: Self-affirmation or self-confidence in ones ability. To continuously develop and improve a persons self-confidence, he must emphasize strength by giving credits for everything you try and acknowledge efforts, take risks by approaching new experiences as opportunities to learn rather than occasions to win or lose, use self-talk to counter harmful assumptions and unrealistic goals and promote positive behavior in each situation, and finally self-evaluate by learning to evaluate yourself independently.

Doing so allows you to avoid the constant sense of turmoil that comes from relying exclusively on the opinions of others. Focusing internally on how you feel about your own behavior, work, etc. will give you a stronger sense of self and will prevent you from giving your personal power away to others.


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