Installing Confidence in Teens & Setting Aside the Opinions of Others

In continuation of our 'empowerment' theme for this month, this week's article is about installing confidence in teens and millennials.

Teenagers are at an interesting point in their lives. They’re discovering who they are and are creating their unique style which they often express through their clothing, hair and sometimes makeup. Many times, their style doesn't appeal to everyone. 

Reality is that many teens can be brutal. They can be judgmental and inconsiderate of other’s feelings and just plain mean. It’s hard to not take it personally and not be offended.  

Reality is, if we keep allowing ourselves to be offended, it’s going to eat away at our confidence. It’s important to understand that everyone has a right to their opinion, but it does not mean that their opinion is valid. Not everyone likes the same thing or has the same style. It’s what makes us unique. We can’t expect everyone to like something – that’s impossible and not realistic. So, why are you offended if someone doesn’t like your new hairstyle or new outfit? Would you want everybody to buy the exact same outfit at the mall? No way!

With that said, it still is wise to listen to feedback. Sometimes, someone might notice something that you didn’t. We’ve all had that moment when we thought we looked like a movie star and then later we looked at a picture of ourselves and wondered what were we thinking.

So, take everything with a grain of salt. Stop trying to please everyone and instead just be you. If you try to be someone else, you will fail. Be confident with who you are because the truth is, you are an amazing person!