Self Confidence

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Pectus Excavatum and Confidence

People with the pectus excavatum deformity often suffer from low levels of self-confidence. Boldness is an essential key to success in any area of life.

People with a high-level of confidence can be recognized from a mile away, mostly by the way they carry themselves in the world. Science has proven that people with high confidence have a better chance of achieving challenging goals.

Contrary, people who lack self-assurance often end up being less successful than others. You, too, must improve your confidence, mainly if you aim for great achievements in your lifetime.

Don’t let the dent in your chest stop you from utilizing your full potential as a human being. If you need a quick motivational boost, you should check the most famous celebrities with pectoralis excavatum.

Despite their body appearance, they achieved great success in their careers. Observe how fabulously they carry themselves, full of confidence.

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10 Easy Ways to Improve Self-Assurance

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Below, you can use the top ten tips I used that helped me build unbreakable self-confidence:

1. Write Down Your Daily Successes

Confidence is always present in people who have a healthy self-image. They are aware of their worth and act accordingly. An excellent way to improve this is to make a list of your achievements every day.

On paper, write down every time you go to class, to the gym, when you make lunch, have a great conversation with a friend, etc. You will be surprised to know how many positive acts you perform every day in life.

However, you aren’t aware of this. Once you start looking at this list, your self-assurance will go through the roof.

2. Avoid Consuming Too Much Social Media.

Nowadays, many people are sluggish. With the rise of social media, their attention span is lowered drastically. They can’t hold attention to a task for more than a few seconds.

Studies have discovered that people that consume social media for more than a few hours a day are more prone to depression. You don’t want to be a victim of this.

The thoughts of having pectus excavatum can be depressive enough. Minimize the use of social media, especially if you have pectus excavatum. ​You’ll be bombarded with images of sexy models who portrait how a perfect body should look like in the 21st century.

Keep in mind that these models use Photoshop to enhance their bodies, use special angles to make their bodies appear more muscular and toned, and some even use steroids to improve their physiques.

Looking at their pictures alone will make you feel like you’re a failure. Don’t be a victim of this. Minimizing social media will also allow you to do more things in real life. That will significantly improve your self-confidence levels.

You’ll understand that you have enough power to take control of your life. The extra time you’ll save as a result of a social media detox is very precious. You can use that time to participate in social activities, lifting weights, attending classes, meditation, etc.

3. Set Goals

Set a sizeable one-year goal for every significant area of your life. That is health, finances, relationships, and happiness. First and foremost, set a health-related goal.

That’s the most critical area in your life. No matter how much money you have, how beautiful your wife is, and how many friends you have, if your health is in danger, you’ll understand that it is the most important thing.

Make sure you take care of your pectus excavatum deformity. It isn’t just a cosmetic issue, as you may think. It may cause some severe lung and heart complications.

If you don’t fix it, your exercising capacities will be limited, and you’ll feel breathing and stamina issues. If your deformity is mild and doesn’t require a quick surgery, I recommend you repair it non-surgically. Even though operation can be beneficial, it can cause extreme chest pain and discomfort that will lower your life quality for years to come.

Also, it is very costly and takes more than two years to recover fully. You must be clear about your goal. Breaking the goal into smaller, more manageable tasks is very helpful. Break this goal in monthly goals. Please make it a mini goal not to miss a vacuum bell therapy session, working out, and wearing a brace in a day.

Pat yourself on the back, every time you achieve the lesser goal successfully. It will boost your self-confidence, and help you achieve bigger goals.

4. Find a Mentor

Find a mentor who can help you repair your pectus excavatum condition. Most patients who are successfully fixing their chest deformity without surgery have a mentor. The mentor has travelled the same road on which they are going today.

You can easily find your mentor online. You don’t have to meet him personally to learn what he has to offer. Make it a habit to seek his/her advice and support. If you do that, you figure out that you are learning something valuable every day.

You can contact me to be your mentor. I went through the same psychological and physical problems that you are currently going through, which are the result of pectus excavatum.

I can understand how you’re feeling in this stage of life. As a former pectus excavatum sufferer, I am very familiar with the physical and psychological challenges you deal with every single day.

5. Interact With People With a Positive Mindset

Always socialize with people who are positive and supportive. They will like and respect you if you explain the struggles you have with your pectus excavatum deformity.

It would help if you give them the same support and respect that they give you. Avoid people who are negative and critical of you.

Such people will wear down your self-confidence. After some time, you can get encircled in their cynical and negative worldview. Nothing can be more damaging than that.

Dump such friends as soon as you can. They make you look at your “negative” elements as a human being, not recognizing that imperfections are what make us unique. Taking you for granted is their problem, not yours.

Showing courage and cutting the negative people off your life is very important. It would be best if you weren’t afraid of losing people that are making a negative impact on your emotional health.

6. Improve Your Overall Appearance

Try to be on top of your game. Take pleasure in wearing the right clothes and being well-groomed. This is a simple way to feel good about yourself, instantly.

People will look at you, and treat you differently. This was the reason I decided to learn to cut my own hair. After watching a lot of videos on YouTube, and messing up my hair a few times, now I am fully confident in my ability to cut my hair, and style it the way I want it to be.

I no longer have to go to the barbershop a few times in the month. That can be very costly and time inefficient. I noticed that every time I get a fresh haircut, my confidence magically improves.

What helps can’t hurt at all. Also, remember that every human being wants to be found in a company of smart, intelligent, and successful people. You are the average of the five people you hang out with the most.

You can soon be a centre of attraction if you radiate a positive, smart look. This can quickly leave a fantastic first impression, especially to the members of the opposite sex. They will remember you as a person who takes time to improve every aspect of their life.

Enhancing your looks will make you a better version of yourself. Nothing is more attractive than that.

7. Never Be Afraid of Failures

You should rewire your brain to feel pleasure in failing. To fail, you must have the courage to do something. Taking action is essential. Don’t be passive.

Nothing worthwhile in life happens by remaining still. Take failures in your stride and move on. Say to yourself that you will succeed the next time. Never make the mistake of allowing your failures to overwhelm you.

They will make you afraid of taking action, which will destroy your self-confidence. The best way to deal with failures is to shrug them away. After failing, look at it as something inconsequential, and take on a new challenge.

Of course, you must learn from your mistakes, and be realistic about your abilities. People who try to over-reach often fall. Never allow that to happen. Set realistic goals on how you will deal with your pectus excavatum condition.

First and foremost, keep in mind that the deformity is correctable without undergoing an operation. This has been scientifically proven. If you try this approach and fail to see any changes in your body structure, keep going!

Always remind yourself that thousands of patients worldwide corrected their deformity by taking this approach.

8. Exercise and Eat Right

Keep yourself fit by exercising regularly and controlling your diet. A fit and healthy person is much more active and achieves more in his career. Physical fitness makes your face glow. That is closely connected with high self-confidence.

Exercising releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. That’s the reason why you are in a great mood after doing a workout session. If you do this daily, you’ll feel much better about yourself for a prolonged time.

This will translate to increased self-confidence. The side effect of exercising is a muscular, attractive body that is appealing to everyone you come in touch with. Also, this corrects the dent in the chest, making it less visible.

9. Attain New Interests and Hobbies

Have a wide range of interests and hobbies. Also, have a curiosity about what is going on in the world and how things are connected. Through your hobbies, you can meet and get to know a lot of people.

Don’t focus all your attention only on your work and on your sunken chest problem. Divert your attention to new interests and new tasks. This will keep your mind happily occupied, which will help you boost your self-confidence.

Take part in the activities that you are good at. Maybe you have excelled at things in the past and then given them up due to lack of time. Return to those activities again and see your self-confidence grow.

10. Pick Up a Hobby

If you don’t have any hobbies, pick up one. Choose the one that interests you. It will keep you engaged. The process of learning the hobby takes time.

As you proceed to increase your skillset, you will see the rise in your confidence. At first, it may seem tedious, but learning a new skillset is a process. It is always best to get a mentor that specializes in what you’re trying to learn.

You should be an apprentice at first, which will help you absorb as much knowledge as you can. You should try to maintain a close relationship with the mentor. That will help you get an insight into his life, which will help you see why that mentor is exceptional at his craft.

Notice how high his confidence levels are, just because he is a master of a craft. Recently I became interested in fishing. At first, I was very nervous and didn’t reel in any fish.

I thought that I wasn’t “made” for fishing, even though I loved the lakes and nature. Ever since I got a mentor, which is a close friend of my dad, I excelled at fishing at a furious pace. I noticed how much my overall real-life self-confidence increased, even though I only excelled at fishing.

Try to practice these ten tips as faithfully as you can and see the difference in your life. Start slowly. Take a few tips that you like the most and try to apply them in your everyday life.

After you see a significant improvement in your self-assurance levels, you can use the rest of the tips. You’ll understand that the pectus excavatum deformity isn’t strong enough to bury your confidence.

Embrace your uniqueness and strive in the world. Being successful despite adversity is a fantastic way to be remembered.

Reasons Why Patients with Pectus Excavatum Have Low Self-Esteem

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The thoughts of having a sunken chest will have a significant impact on your self-confidence, especially during the teenage years. It is ordinary to have some negative feelings about yourself occasionally.

However, people who are suffering from the pectus excavatum deformity take this to the extreme. Their thoughts are occupied with why their chest walls are so flawed.

An extensive number of scientific studies have confirmed that physical appearance is well connected with self-confidence. Humans always analyze themselves.

At the very moment they find out that something in their presence lacks in comparison to other people; their confidence is attacked. Most patients suffering from pectus excavatum think their bodies are very flawed and unattractive.

This is true to a certain extent, depending on the severity of the deformity. If the hole in their chest walls is deep, there is a huge body image issue. Patients with Haller Index > 3.25 (severe pectus excavatum) are typically very anxious and depressed.

If that is the case, not only their body image is damaged, but also their health. They will have respiratory and heart problems, that if left unsolved, may cause lots of complications. However, these patients probably had their deformities corrected through surgery.

If not, you should consider visiting the Upper Thoracic Specialist to tell you which type of operation you must take. If you have slight to moderate concave chest severity, try to correct the deformity non-surgically.

In my opinion, that’s the most effective approach. I have chosen that path, and I fixed my deformity without having two titanium bars inserted below my sternum for three long years.


If you want to live a fulfilled life, you must have high levels of self-confidence. This is the most common characteristic of every single successful person. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

Pectus excavatum is closely linked to anxiety, which will make you less confident. However, this can be changed overnight. Start praising yourself more often.

Go to school with a sturdy bulletproof posture. Never hold your head down. Always keep it up. People will immediately notice something changing about you.

They will become more attracted to you, curiously questioning themselves about your bold aura. All this can be done by changing your physical posture.

Also, always remind yourself about your achievements. Set new goals that you want to conquer. Get a gym membership and visit the weight room multiple times a week. Build some muscle.

This will help you improve the pectus excavatum deformity, which will make you happier, more fulfilled, and fuller of confidence. Trust the process and remind yourself that it will all be worth it in the end.

Article by:

Mihail Veleski

My name is Mihail Veleski. I used to suffer from the pectus excavatum deformity during my teenage years.

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