Have you ever thought about how much self-confidence runs our lives? What you think of yourself can determine your success. It’s really true! Psychologists tell us that confidence in oneself, when coupled with perseverance and determination can decide whether someone succeeds in a career, a relationship, or a business venture.
There are thousands of examples of this, including sports heroes like Michael Jordan, famous millionaire entrepreneurs like Daymond John, and even our current President of the United States, Donald Trump. All of these people have exhibited a high level of confidence in their abilities that has spurred them onto greatness in their work and life careers.
Why does confidence affect our results?
Forbes Magazine and Time Management Ninja both recently featured articles on the importance of confidence. Time Management Ninja notes that several things happen when someone develops more confidence in themselves. Here are a few of them.
-You dare to start new things.
-You say “yes” to new business opportunities that seem difficult
-You can overcome fear.
-Confident people tend to aim higher in their goals and believe they can achieve them.
-Confident people have more assertiveness in obtaining new jobs, relationships, or opportunities.
How to Build Confidence
There are a number of things you should do to build confidence if you don’t have it.
- Tune out the negative voices that say you can’t do it
- Surround yourself with positive influences
- Read motivational books
- Place positive affirmations around your work place
Try these tips to see if it will improve your confidence or check into books that help build trust such as The Confidence Workbook by Markway and Ampel.
Self-confidence comes from within, and it has to do with past experiences. So one great way to build confidence is to jump in and do things that make your confidence increase, then you can play back this memory anytime you need a confidence boost.
Remember, you have value! Remind yourself of this daily, focus on your best skills and talents, and you’ll be successful because your mind is set on what you can do, not what you can’t do.