The Confidence Secret

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”Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”
Walt Disney

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I have often blogged on the importance of confidence, it is not something that can be learned like a set of rules; confidence is a state of mind.

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Confidence comes from feelings of well-being, acceptance of your body and mind (self-esteem) and belief in your own ability, skills and experience.

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Confidence is not always a static measure, our confidence to perform roles and tasks can increase and decrease; some days we may feel more confident than others.

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People often feel less confident about new or potentially difficult situations. Perhaps the most important factor in developing confidence is planning and preparing in advance for the unknown.

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Learning and research can help us to feel more confident about our ability to handle situations, roles and tasks. Knowing what to expect and how and why things are done will add to your awareness and usually make you feel more prepared and ultimately more confident.

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Positive thought can be a very powerful way of improving confidence. Positive thinking helps us to highlight our strengths and successes and learn from our weaknesses and mistakes. We so often dwell on things that we are not happy with from our past – making them into bigger issues than they need to be. These negative thoughts can be very damaging to confidence and your ability to achieve goals.

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Act positive. This is more than just thinking positive, you have to put it into action. Action, actually, is the key to developing self-confidence. It is one thing to learn to think positive, but when you start acting on it, you change yourself, one action at a time. We are what we do, and so if we change what we do, we change what we are. Act in a positive way, take action instead of telling yourself you can’t, be positive. Talk to people in a positive way, put energy into your actions. You will soon start to notice a difference.

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True self-confidence comes from action….take some positive action today.

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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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