5 Places That Confidence Will Take You Places
"People who have high self-confidence set themselves apart from those who lack it. They assert their own individuality and, as a consequence, enjoy life to the fullest." - Victor Hugo
This is true, of course, only to an extent. To assert one's individuality is the very beginning of the process which will lead to mastery. But to excel, mastery will require confidence. To be great, one must first be great. Here are some tips on how to build confidence:
Be yourself: People love to be with sincere, genuine people. And you can be authentic and sincere by having no illusions. Do not pretend to be something that you are not and do not believe in empty promises or empty words. Those are empty promises and empty words.
Speak from the heart: A clear and positive voice carries the right message. When you speak from your heart, you will sound confident and this will make you more so. Think about this: what does confidence mean? It means expressing yourself truthfully without hedging or beating around the bush. No wonder confidence is associated with honesty!
Be predictable: Nothing turns off the nerves of a person more than a person who says, "I can't do it." This is a fatal flaw. To succeed you must try and be predictable. You can do that only if you have faith in your capabilities and your abilities are based on self-confidence. Only then can you be successful.
Be bold: Boldness has many benefits. In fact, bravery is a form of confidence. It is the ability to take chances and to take up challenges. It is the ability to confront anything that stands in the way of success.
Take risks: You should always try something new even when it is bound to lead to failure. That is how confidence works. If you try something risky then you at least have the potential to come out with flying colors. Risk taking is a sign of confidence.
Be honest: This is the end-all. Confidence is nothing but the truthfulness of your intentions. If you lie about your intentions then you will never fulfill your life's aspirations.
Think positive: A positive mind-set is the key to success. Think of the good things that are happening in your life. Never concentrate on the negatives. If you focus on the negatives in your life, you will never have the courage to try new things and to take up challenging challenges.
Be determined: Having the confidence to persevere through any obstacles and to achieve your goals makes you more determined. You will feel less bothered by little problems and you will not procrastinate. Your attitude will be more hopeful. Your courage will give you the strength to become the person you want to be. You will realize your destiny and that is the start of your journey towards happiness.
Be persistent: Confidence gives you the confidence to keep going. When things are not going the way you want them to, you can still remain persistent. You might have to try again. The fear of failure will subside when you have the belief that you can do it. And that is one step closer to your goal.
Don't lose faith: Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily lives that we fail to look at small things that can mean a lot to us. Sometimes, our actions are not consistent with our words and that can be very discouraging. So, having confidence in yourself does not mean you neglect those around you because you think that everyone is going to be critical of your actions.
Having confidence will take you places. But not all your life, of course. It is only one step. There must be other factors such as determination, persistence, and fortitude that will take you to the place where you want to be. It all starts with building your self-confidence.