Beginning Your Journey
Building confidence is a journey – not a quick fix. It’s a process of first knowing yourself – especially your strengths and weaknesses and then taking steps to build on the strengths and downplay the weaknesses. Begin the confidence journey with focus and determination and you’ll rise to the confidence level you need to achieve true success.
Becoming a confident individual is very achievable. And, as you raise your confidence level, you’ll also achieve success because of meeting and succeeding at challenges.
Here are some steps you’ll need to take to plan out your confidence journey so you reach the finish line successfully:
- Assess your life’s accomplishments. Don’t limit yourself to work-related accomplishments. Are you a good parent – inspiring confidence in children and leading them by being a good example? Focus on these accomplishments and enjoy the success you’ve already achieved.
- Assess your strengths. By looking at your accomplishments, you’re likely going to see a pattern which reflects your true strengths. Your friends and family might cast light on your strengths and weaknesses, so be sure to seek advice from others you trust to get the true picture.
- Assess what you really want out of life. You’ll never be truly successful unless you’re working toward a defined, SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Based). Making and achieving goals is key to gathering confidence you need to ultimately succeed.
- Develop a positive mindset. Defeating negative self-talk is one of the best things you can do to gain confidence. Negative self-talk is a confidence “killer,” so you must learn how to replace the negative with positive thoughts and affirmations.
- Commit to confidence. When you commit to becoming more confident, you’re also committing to success. The commitment should be a vow to yourself that you’re in this for the long-run. When doubts begin to peek through, analyze them mindfully and discard the ones without merit while finding a way to overcome genuine risks.
If you lack confidence, you’ll likely find it difficult to take risks and accept challenges. Too much confidence may render you arrogant and uninformed. Reaching a confidence balance is necessary to truly succeed.