BUILDING BLOCKS TO SUCCESS – Part 3 – SELF-CONFIDENCE

success.5Self-Confidence is an essential building block of success. When you have confidence, you are aware of your abilities and are able to set realistic goals in your life, which are achievable. You have an inner drive to make things happen in life. You are unafraid to express your point of view and are aware that you can handle yourself in different social situations. You trust your own judgement and feel empowered.

 

How to tell if you lack self-confidence?

 However, if you  lack confidence, you could hear yourself say ‘I can’t do it’ and have negative thoughts and beliefs about your abilities. You might even feel self-doubt and notice that you are overly critical of yourself, including your appearance.  Lack of self-confidence might show up in the perceived inability to formulate a plan or achieve your goals. You might notice that you shy away from standing up for yourself and for your beliefs and feel uneasy in social situations.

 If you lack confidence you might find yourself avoiding embarking on new ventures or putting yourself in situations where you might be criticised or where you feel you might fail.  You may lack courage and are unaware of your abilities. Your lack of confidence can even affect the way you communicate and present yourself to the world thereby, influence the opportunities you have in life.

An essential step toward self-confidence

One step you must take if to improve your self-confidence and that is to stare fear in the face and step outside of your comfort zone.  Only when you prove to yourself that ‘you can do it’ will your confidence start to grow.  The more daring you become and the more you approach novel situations with a sense of self-belief the more your confidence will grow.  So, go ahead, decide today to take one tiny step out of your comfort zone and do something that requires you to have some self-confidence.  It might be uncomfortable to start with but please do not allow fear to stand in your way.  Trust me, small consistent steps will walk you to a more confident you.

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.”  
William Jennings Bryan

 

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