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Keeping a level head with Dahlia Harris - "If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life," says Jamaican National Hero Marcus Garvey.

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
Dahlia Harris
Dahlia Harris in another hilarious scene from the popular comedy revue 'Jamaica Fifty 2 Rahtid' which closes this weekend at the Pantry Playhouse.

When Dahlia Harris enters a room, her confidence is striking. You cannot help but being drawn to her warm personality. In this millennial age when many individuals' confidence and actions are garnered through the likes, we went to this Restaurant Week Ambassador to share seven tips to assist with your own personal growth.

1 There is no one else like you and that's a fact. Forget that 'je ne sais quoi' approach of something special you can't describe. Zero in on what makes you delightfully unique and bask in what makes you exceptional.

2 Cut yourself some slack. Are you always going to get it right? Never! Getting it wrong is just a way of confirming what's right. Now that you've confirmed it, you're in a better position to succeed at it.

3 The only eye that beauty needs to be seen from is yours. The 'beholder' will always have different tastes and styles and who decides which 'beholder' to listen to. Everyday, as often as you can, remind yourself that you are beautiful.

4 'People no stone rotten mango'. Don't be deterred by criticism. It only highlights your value. Extract the necessary and leave everything else at the curb.

5 Believe that something amazing is waiting to happen then be prepared to accept it. What if your dream became reality right now? Are you prepared to live it? Taking the steps to be ready will make you better equipped to maximise the goodness.

6 Set long-term goals then plot the path to achieving them tiny step by tiny step. Sometimes we overwhelm ourselves with the big things and failure breaks down our resolve to move forward. Tiny victories are a great way to boost your confidence towards getting to the major ones.

7 Celebrate you! Yes, the staff awards are nice and the acknowledgement from others feels wonderful, but why wait on others to have that awesome feeling? Celebrate those tiny victories by treating yourself to something - a cupcake, a piece of jewellery, new shoes; whatever gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling. Celebrations reinforce the value of life and yours is special.