“It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” ~ Edmund Hillary. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without confidence” ~ Hellen Keller.
Success cannot be achieved without confidence. I have learned that the most successful people are the ones with confidence. You cannot set out to do something and succeed without the backing of confidence.
If you lack confidence there is a very high likelihood that whatever, endeavours you have embarked on, will not be a success.
In this article, I will show you how to develop the confidence needed to succeed. Read 5 ways to improve your self-confidence.
It’s absolutely vital that you develop the confidence and self-belief that you will achieve your goals. Self-belief is very crucial to succeed.
I am not talking about being arrogant and ignoring feedback from other people and thinking you are infallible or invisible. Am talking about having a balanced view of yourself that does not indulge in false modesty and self-pity, and an inner view that is not strong enough to be crushed and defeated when someone challenges you.
The thing is; to succeed you must develop the mindset and confidence to achieve your goals.
If you’re really serious about succeeding you cannot afford to wallow in negative thoughts of “I am not good enough.” Here are a few tips to help with the development of your confidence.
Self-talk is perhaps the most important step towards developing self-confidence. What you tell yourself has more bearing than what other people talk about you.
Remember you are what you think. The bible says “as a man thinketh so is he in his heart.”
Develop the attitude of talking positively to yourself. It helps to keep telling yourself that you can do it, you can do it. The Bible says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Usually, when am working on a task I keep reminding myself of the benefits that accruals when a task is achieved.
I usually remind myself early in the morning that I can achieve all the tasks that I have laid down. Yes, I will come across obstacles but my mind is prepared for the tasks ahead.
Sometimes I fail and sometimes I win, but I always learn from my failures and move. I do not let them take the best out of me.
You should try having a to-do list every morning and see, how that helps you towards achieving your intended goals. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” ~ the bible. This is my prayer every morning. Try personalising this saying and see how your confidence levels will be improved.
Your Behaviour Matters
What you think about and what you say to yourself has a profound bearing on your behaviour and on what happens to you.
Your thoughts, attitudes, and behaviours towards your ability to achieve your goals, have an impact on your expectation of the situation.
In turn, your expectation will impact the way you behave in a given situation.
People will just respond to your behaviours.
“The most powerful forces of nature are the invisible forces, so we find that the most powerful forces of man are his invisible forces, his spiritual force, and the only way in which the spiritual force can manifest is through the process of thinking” ~ the Master Key.
Am sure we’ve all known someone if not ourselves, who has been worrying about something they have to do and have constantly spoken how badly it’s going to go. When it does go badly they jump and exclaim “I knew” that would happen.
You see all along they did not realise that they created their own self-fulfilling prophecy. There is power in your thoughts and your words. Always be mindful of what you say. It is better to keep quiet than say anything.
Focus on the Things You Do Well
Take stock of your skills set and attributes that you already possess. In other words, know your weaknesses and strengths and focus on improving your strengths even further.
This is not to say that you should neglect to improve on your weakness. But focusing on doing the things you do better can highly improve your motivation and confidence levels.
The idea is when you set out to do a task and accomplish it very well there is a sense of well-being and satisfaction.
I have listed down some personal questions to help identify your skillset and attributes if you are not sure of them. Write down the answers and keep on reviewing them.
Please make sure you answer the questions honestly there is no right or correct answer.
- What am I good at?
- What have I received compliments and positive feedback for in the past?
- What do people value me for? (Compare this with what you value yourself for).
- What challenges have I overcome in the past?
- What skills do I possess that helped me to overcome the challenges?
- What have I achieved in the past that I perhaps thought I couldn’t?
“We see things not as they are but as we are” ~ H. M. Tomlinson. As human beings, I have noticed that we judge other people by our own standards.
Believe me, if you have set yourself a high standard that is what you expect to get from other people and nothing less.
Be Inspired by Other People
One of the things that have always inspired and given me the confidence to succeed is by looking at and reading about other people who have made it.
Find yourself some role models whom you admire and whose story of success inspires you.
A role model does not necessarily have to be alive or known personally. It could be someone you have read about or someone who does not even know you.
Most successful people have written books about their lives. Find some literature about them and read it.
A good role model will show you the following attributes
- Their attitude and approach
- Where and how they started
- How they made the most of their abilities
- How they handle their success
- How they overcome challenges
Always remind yourself that these too were or are human beings just like you and I. If they can make it, why shouldn’t you make it?
I hope and trust that you have learned one or two things from this article. Let me end by emphasising that you cannot succeed without having self-belief and the confidence to carry you on.
I have not come across a successful person without self-belief and no confidence. I challenge you set out your intended purpose in life and start pursuing it with confidence and always remember to “standout tall and be counted.”