Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Do You Have The Confidence To Succeed And What Does It Really Mean?

It's a new month and we've officially moved into the Fall season. Just take a few moments to think about the last 3 months? The people you met, friends you may have made, the vacation with your family? Fall is an interesting time of the year and for me it means the end of what I've been working to accomplish all year and think about new goals for the upcoming year.

Lately, I've been giving a lot of thought about Confidence and what that really means. Personally, I think a lot of people get confidence mixed up with ego.

According to Merriam Webster this is the definition of confidence.

con·fi·dence - a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances

Some of us have too much confidence and others don't have enough. What amount of confidence is just enough? Some people are even afraid of having too much confidence because it might "offend" or make their peers/family/friends think they're arrogant.

I don't claim to have the answer to make you confident like Superman or Wonder Woman but I do know this part of your character can be strengthened and nurtured in a positive and healthy way.

Everyone is good at something, so discover the things at which you excel, then focus on your talents. Give yourself permission to take pride in them. Give yourself credit for your successes.

Inferiority is a state of mind in which you've declared yourself a victim. Do not allow yourself to be victimized. Express yourself, whether it's through art, music, writing, etc. Find something you enjoy. Everyone is born with talents and strengths. You can develop and excel in yours.

If it's difficult to name two or three things you have some ability in or just plain love to do, think about things others do that you would like to do too and take some lessons.

When you're following your passion, not only will it have a therapeutic effect, but you'll feel unique and accomplished, all of which can help build your self confidence. Plus, adding a variety of interests to your life will not only make you more confident, but it will increase your chances of meeting compatible friends!

It’s all about confidence. If you want to be successful, you must act as if you will succeed.

There is no room for doubt.

It may not happen right away, and it probably won’t happen all at once, but little by little, you’ll start to feel more confident as you move closer and closer to your goal.

In conclusion, I want to end my post today with the words of Laura Spicer. I've never met her and she is not sponsoring this post as an advertisement.

Her words resonated with me and I wanted to pass this on to you.

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