In Search of Self-Confidence

Even successful people want more self-confidence. People who exude self-assurance easily influence others, get more promotions, earn more money, and seem to have more fun and success.

Some people naturally seem to have it; perhaps they were born lucky with the right kind of parents. However, no one gives you self-confidence; it is something each of us has to develop on our own. In any case, knowing a few strategies for improving self-confidence will ensure that you can improve confidence and reap the benefits.

Everyone has a baseline of confidence. Some people have unshakable confidence built upon strong foundations; others find their confidence level is a bit shaky when faced with mistakes, criticisms and failures.

Lack of self-confidence afflicts a lot of people, but it’s usually hidden and denied. A false bravado does a poor job of replacing authentic self-belief; in fact, it’s a recipe for self-fulfilling failures.

Often the problem goes undetected, as many people try to cover up insecurities by over-achieving. That doesn’t work because of the negativity bias of the brain. We never forget errors and deficits. We carry around negative scripts from childhood, from parents, siblings, and school teachers. This undermines confidence. No one is immune; every one of us carries a kernel of under-confidence and self-doubt.

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford, U.S. industrialist

This article explores self-confidence and suggests ways even successful people can build self-confidence, and competence, without shallow over-confidence.

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  • False confidence
  • Authentic confidence
  • The building blocks of self-confidence
  • The confidence-achievement link

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