Many people feel that they struggle with confidence. Alternatively many people recognize that they have fears. While facing your fears might be more about courage developing more confidence probably helps reduce fear. How do you build confidence?
Confidence might be considered when you have to face adverse conditions. It is necessary when you’re selling in a vertical market or when you’re rolling out a new marketing campaign. It is necessary to face the unknown, leave a good impression, or tackle a big project.
Have you ever considered that confidence might be more responsible for risk management as compared with courage?
Some people will suggest that confidence is about first believing in yourself. If that is true, where does that belief come from? Do you build belief and then build confidence?
Here is what I believe.
One of the secrets to building confidence doesn’t come from someone telling you to have belief. Sure someone telling you might help but it isn’t as tangible as learning to have belief.
Learning to believe comes from doing things that you can believe in. When you do work that you can believe in you’ll start to build confidence. This is important because it is different from doing something that is evaluated by others, it is evaluated by you.
When you are the one to see and feel its worth you recognize your value. You can confirm its worth. Chances are good then that you’ll have the confidence to do it again. Perhaps this time you’ll do it bigger or better.
When you develop confidence the challenges you face feel less risky. When you perceive less risk not only does it suggest that you have more confidence it means you need less courage.
This is how rock stars make things look easy. This is why experience is as important as education.
It’s easy to tell someone to believe. The real challenge is learning to believe in you.
How do you build confidence?
Perhaps it starts by doing work that you can believe in.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.