3 Powerful Steps Toward Confidence

Life without confidence is agony.

“Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller

Insecurity loves excuse-making.

You’re less than you could be when you’re afraid to make a decision.

When confidence declines, enthusiasm heads for the door. Image of a narrow alley with a closed door.

7 signs you lack confidence:

  1. You admire others and criticize yourself.
  2. People around you don’t take you seriously.
  3. Insignificant decisions create emotional turmoil.
  4. Compliments make you uncomfortable.
  5. Second-guessing is an artform.
  6. Challenges are enemies.
  7. You don’t expect much from yourself.

Reject overconfidence:

The incompetent lean toward overconfidence. Dunning-Kruger Effect

Those who aren’t doing the work know how the work should be done.

“Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of … hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” Roger Staubach

Self-confidence apart from doing the work is arrogance.

Life without confidence is agony. Image of a duck walking toward fog.

3 surprising steps toward confidence:

#1. Act with imperfect certainty.

Don’t wait for perfect certainty. Information is always incomplete. Results are seldom certain.

Leadership is irrelevant when results are guaranteed.

Certainty is inconceivable when problems are complex and multiple solutions could work. Examine options. Seek input. Go with your highest point of confidence.

Act with certainty once you make a decision.

“Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” Norman Vincent Peale

Confidence is displayed by the way we use our ears. Image of an ear.

#2. Maintain openness.

A closed mind is arrogant.

Whisper to yourself:

  1. “I could be wrong,” to maintain openness.
  2. “They could be right,” when others give input.
When there's nothing wrong with us, something's always wrong with others. Image of a person pointing at a mountain.

#3. Commit to apologize.

How you respond to wrong decisions is more important than always making right decisions.

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” Paul Tournier

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