By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better."-Barrie Davenport-----Barrie is speaking a confident language which applies to all of us.By implementing five specific strategies, we can become individuals defined as successful, empowered, and confident.Begin to apply the ground rules immediately:1) AttitudeAttitude affects confidence ...and nothing breeds confidence like a positive and upbeat one.Confident and hopeful individuals are adept at translating negatives into positives and obstacles into opportunities by which they grow and experience success. A positive attitude deposits life, energy, and a sense of adventure into the most despairing of scenarios transforming them into confident outcomes and highlighting confident individuals.Refuse to dwell with negativity and give it the heave-ho. Contribute positivity forcibly and continually.Become known for it!A positive attitude breeds confidence.-----2) Body LanguageThe way you carry yourself tells a story about what you think about yourself.Study yourself in the mirror and take a look at what you're suggesting:+Squared shoulders, a well-positioned head, and alert eyes convey a confident manner.+Thoughtful and articulate language conveys a thoughtful and confident mind.+A pleasant smile and earnest words have the power to convey and carry confidence into the most difficult of settings, positively affecting the most negative of souls.+Clothing and dress suggests or robs of confidence. Wear yourself on your sleeve, literally, and communicate a message that makes you feel confident.Your wardrobe should enhance your level of confidence.Wear it confidently.------3) Personal ResponsibilityLearn how to assume personal responsibility and you'll become the most confident individual in the room.The biggest story about confidence may well lie in one's ability to take responsibility for poor decisions and past mistakes and utilize them for the good and growth of others.Confidence requires courage, forthrightness, and the ability to see what "can be" instead of "what is."Confidence is clarifying and extremely settling in difficult situations;it conveys positive reinforcement and employs itself toward healthy and meaningful outcomes.Assume personal responsibility and you'll assume a special set of confidence skills.-----4) ReadThere's nothing like intelligence to foster confidence and nothing like reading to foster intelligence.Reading provides the mind with endless options, resources, and discourses.Reading provides education instead of condemnation and implants and infuses the mind with solutions instead of problems and positive "long-terms" instead of negative "short-terms".Reading expands the mind, the actions, and the whole man.Substantial readers become confident thinkers ... and confident thinkers become confident students of life.Read for confidence.------5) RiskConfident individuals are willing to take risks even if it means standing alone.Confident individuals experience the same distressing emotions and thoughts as the fearful majority but refuse to act "like" the majority.Confident individuals understand that taking risk is part of a greater process of realizing and experience growth. Failure to take risk is failure to achieve confidence in the end.Go out on a limb ...Learn to go it alone.Confident people learn and develop confidence where there's a minority of one.One might be a lonely number ... but it's also an assertion of confidence.Confident individuals find their niche in taking risk and daring to go solo.-----Confidence can be learned and is highly contagious ... not to mention sexy.Step into life confidently.Begin now.