By Kristen Clark
Confidence plays a major role in everyone’s lives. People with high levels of confidence expect and experience greater success and happiness. People with low levels of confidence feel unworthy or incapable of greater success and happiness. Learn the facts about confidence and three reasons why it is so important in life.
I read a lot of books on how to build a successful business. I’ve read “how to” books for writers, speakers, life coaches, internet marketers, business strategists, and budding entrepreneurs. The one thing most of these books have in common is a chapter on confidence. As Samuel Johnson once said, “Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”
How we think and feel about ourselves has an enormous impact on our ability to perform. A healthy self-image can tip the scales in our favor and equip us with the certitude and grace we need to push forward in victory, even through the most difficult situations. It gives us the mindset we need to prevail. Below are three reasons why.
1. Navigate Change. Confidence provides the flexibility we need to look ahead and redirect goals in the midst of changing conditions and environments. It allows us to trust our own ideas, perceptions, and opinions, and gives us courage to voice our feelings and beliefs. It helps us make timely decisions and stretch ourselves as needed. Finally, it gives us a winning history to lean on through times of uncertainty.
2. Overcome Setbacks. Confidence helps us avoid procrastination as a result of perfectionism and gives us the ability to push forward and accomplish difficult tasks. It enables us to accept our weaknesses and lack of skills while hearing and benefitting from constructive feedback and criticism. It empowers us to learn from past mistakes, rather than repeating them. It allows us to develop the persistence and fortitude needed to bounce back from defeat and move forward.
3. Meet the Needs of Others. Confidence provides excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to get along with others. It enables us to be positive, energetic, assertive, and encouraging even among difficult personalities. It increases our ability to think critically, negotiate, and propose solutions for the greater good of the group. It also builds credibility with others and enables a spirit of humility when needed.
Trying times have shown me the value of confidence. With a positive self-image I have successfully transitioned between relationships, jobs, and geographical locations. I have bounced back from workforce reductions and painful job reshuffling. And I have served well my family, clients, and community in spite of opposing personalities. It allowed me to do all of this and push forward to greater victory.
Having a healthy dose of confidence allows us to take life on life’s terms with greater personal success. It gives us a positive belief in our abilities and potential, and significantly affects our effort and performance. When we believe we can, we do – even when it seems all odds are against us.
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