Confidence is a characteristic that a lot of us may struggle with at one time or another in life. At times, we may feel like we have it, at other times we feel like we don’t. This is normal for most people. However, when it comes to success; it plays a huge role in the ability to achieve as well as in being a good leader.
Personally, I have noticed that when I am not confident in something, I tend to stay away from it. After all, it’s so much easier to focus on what I am confident in and comfortable doing. Nevertheless, I recognize that when I do this, I am failing to grow. I know that when I opt for this route I am not attempting to reach my full potential.
For me, once I became a bit more introspective, I gradually began to put more challenges in front of myself. Then, I took on some things that terrified me and set out to conquer them. I am talking about things that I couldn’t have imagined myself doing. As I became successful with these items, my confidence grew.
Even more surprising, I came to realize that it’s fun to stretch yourself and to learn new things. Admittedly, scary at times, but also fun. As I became more knowledgeable of these new scenarios, I also became more comfortable. This resulted in newly gained confidence.
When it comes to business confidence is extremely important. People want to know they are dealing with a confident expert in the field. As a professional and a leader, you must gain trust which makes confidence an extremely crucial characteristic.
To build confidence, don’t just learn a skill; practice, practice, practice. The more polished you are; the more confident you will become.
This week, I encourage you to challenge yourself to select an area that you need to gain confidence in. This could be something personal or something business related. Learn something new, try doing something different hat you have thinking about. You will be amazed at how small challenges and steps will carry over into your attitude, your business, and most importantly your self-confidence.