You desperately want to be promoted at work, but there’s a problem… you lack the self confidence to push yourself ahead.
Year after year you watch your colleagues move up the ladder, while you languish at the bottom. It’s not that chances don’t come your way – it’s just that you never take them when they do. Sadly, as time goes by, your self-confidence plummets to new lows, and your original career dreams lay dead in the water.
If this (or something similar) has happened to you, then it’s time to realize that…
Self Confidence – The Basis of Success
If you take an impartial look at your colleagues, friends and family members, you’ll discover that the most successful people are not always the most intelligent!
That’s right. Intelligence is certainly a component of success, but it’s not the be all and end all. In fact, it’s fair to say that confidence is more vital to success than intelligence or skill.
If you don’t believe this, then spend some time studying TV and film actors. Sure, there are many talented actors who are at the top of their game. You see them in all the latest blockbusters. But look a little further at the supporting actors. Some of these are good – but some are (quite frankly) pitiful! I used to wonder how these second-rate actors got regular work, until I realized that they may not be great actors, but they do possess an abundance of self-confidence. In many cases, this self-confidence appears to have landed roles to these inferior actors – while leaving more talented actors in the wings.
Success and confidence go hand in hand. One of the reasons for this, is that confident people are not easily defeated by challenges and obstacles. Instead of falling at the first hurdle, they seek ways to overcome problems.
Would you like to have more success in your life? I’m sure you do. So, let’s turn now to a practical way of boosting your self-confidence.
The Internal Confidence Boost That You Can Do Anytime Anywhere
From your home to the global arena, challenges are everywhere. You must be resilient and resourceful if you want to overcome these relentless challenges.
One way to do this, is to take some time to study a major personal challenge. Specifically, write down all the possible excuses you may have now (or in the future) of why you cannot defeat this challenge. Once you have this list, the next step is to write down a counter argument to each point. The second stage will be the part you primarily focus on, as you build your self-confidence to overcome the challenge.
Putting The Confidence Boost in Practice
To understand this further, I’m going to give you an entertaining example.
The challenge is this: You want to ask a potential partner to go out with you on a first date. Whatever your age and experience, asking someone out on a date is bound to be stressful and nerve-racking. In your head, you’re likely to have these questions going around and around… “Do they like me?” “Will they turn me down?” “Will they laugh at me?!”
If you allow your mind to have a constant repetition of negative thoughts, it’s likely that you’ll lose your confidence and willingness to ask the person out on a date. Don’t let this happen. Instead, make a list of reasons why you don’t feel up to asking the question.
These could be things like:
- He/she may already have a partner.
- They probably don’t fancy me.
- I doubt I’m in their league!
Now, create your counter argument list:
- They may be single and open to a relationship.
- They have been flirting with you, so there’s a decent chance they find you attractive.
- They may be thinking the same thing as you… “Am I out of their league?!”
The above scenario can easily reach a conclusion if you’re willing to build up enough confidence to ask the other person out. If they say no, then you’ll be no worse off than if you didn’t ask them. And if they say yes – then enjoy your date!
It Applies to All Scenarios, Not Limited to Interpersonal Interaction
Another significant challenge many people face, is financial worries. You may have credit card debts, or you’re behind with your mortgage (or both!). Again, make a list of what’s stopping you tackling the problem, and then write a supplementary list with reasons why you should and will take control of the situation.
Once you’ve got negativity and inaction out the way, take decisive steps to overcome your challenges. The more times you find yourself on the winning side, the more your self-confidence will be boosted. And remember, self-confidence is an essential component of success.