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Beginners Guide to Self ConfidenceWe watch the star athlete calmly make the final shot, score the winning goal, or lead his team for a touchdown in the final minute of the game. We marvel at their talent and their determination, but what we value and admire most is the supreme confidence they display – they know they will succeed.
What is confidence
Confidence is an attribute that is alluring, attractive, valuable, desirable and contagious. Most everyone aspires to greater levels of it, even if they feel confident most of the time.
It is a trait that will help us create greater results for ourselves and when leading others. Any trait with this much benefit is one worth developing. And yes, you can develop and strengthen your confidence.
Five steps to greater self confidence
1 - Remind yourself of past successes - Confidence builds on past success. Since you have had
success before, you can (and will) have it again. We strengthen our confidence in any activity when we review or remind ourselves of past successes.
2 - Read and listen to positive materials - Fill your mind with positive and affirming words,
ideas and stories. Read things that enhances your skills or knowledge in
the area in which you want to build your confidence.
3 - See your future success - Olympic athletes, corporate executives, and successful
people in all sorts of endeavors visualize future success. Confidence will
grow when we see ourselves succeeding.
4 - Reframe failure - Thomas Edison spent a long
time trying to create an incandescent light bulb – to create light from
electricity. He is attributed with saying, “I have not failed, I have
discovered twelve hundred materials that don't work.” 1,200!
5 - Take confident action - You wanted confidence to help you try and succeed in new ways,
right? So get out there and get at it! You have to put your confidence to
the test. You have to practice. And, while you are taking action, make it
Self confidence guide overall
These steps are a regimen for strengthening and building your confidence in any life situation. Use these steps and I am confident, you will be more confident.
Article courtesy of Kevin Eikenberry. Kevin is Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group (http://KevinEikenberry.com), a learning consulting company that helps Clients reach their potential through a variety of training, consulting and speaking services.
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