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The Abraham Lincoln school of confidence

September 19, 2012

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States of America, and he was a leader with confidence.  This is the man who ended slavery against overwhelming opposition, kept his country together through a devastating civil war, and delivered one of the most quoted speeches in American history.

What can he teach us about self-esteem?

Well, when you take a look into his history, such achievements seem almost unbelievable against the setbacks he experienced – and we don’t just mean his assassination!

Writer Catherine Pratt put the events of Abraham Lincoln’s life into a timeline and found he “lost 8 different elections and had a complete nervous breakdown before becoming president in 1816”, not to mention having to start work at the age of seven to support his family after they were thrown out of their home.

Of course, just because another person manages to carry on in spite of it all doesn’t mean that you are a weak or inadequate person for experiencing low confidence or poor self-esteem.

We have no idea of knowing what was going on in Abraham Lincoln’s head through those difficult times in his life, but we do know that he found a way through his troubles.

Feelings are not facts, they are opinions.  If your lack of confidence is holding you back in life, counselling can focus on helping you understand why you feel the way you do.  You can then take steps to forming positive self-belief and develop that confidence you deserve to have.

Call Life Resolutions today on 1300 668 256 to find out how our qualified psychologists can help you or a loved one with self-esteem and confidence, or use the email contact form on our website.

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