Many individuals, however, lack clarity on elements of self-confidence. So, the purpose of this article is to highlight what is self-confidence and explain why self-confidence is important for more success in business and at work
What is Self Confidence?
In a global sense, self-confidence is a strong belief in one’s own judgment, ability, and power as you navigate different situations in personal and professional life.
It involves knowing your values and viewing yourself from the perspective of optimistic realism, self-respect, self-acceptance, and self-reliance.
Most individuals perceive self-confidence as an appreciation and assurance of their competencies and actions.
In other words, self-confident people feel consider themselves capable as well as worthy of moving past the problems. And they know that they have the ability to successfully navigate in the direction of their desired outcome.
Where does self-confidence come from?
Confidence represents different things to different people. It evokes different emotions in different people. So, it’s important to clarify that you don’t have to be a financially successful, stunningly attractive, or super-intelligent to have high self-confidence.
In truth, confidence is a state of mind, and it originates from the following elements:
Confidence requires knowing yourself really well and getting clarity on your guiding principles, as well as outcomes that are important to you.
When you have certainty about your vision and values, it is easy for you to identify how to behave or what actions to take. Consequently, you have more conviction and faith in your own abilities and judgments.
If you don’t have your own personal operating system defined, it is hard to feel confident in difficult circumstances.
At its core, real confidence involves embracing your story and your true self. If you are not comfortable with your flaws or shortcomings, you will not get the feeling of assurance in who you are.
Accepting low confidence and operating within the confines of what feels non-threatening and comfortable is easy. But, real confidence stems from taking full personal responsibility for your own thinking, feeling, and behaving. And not hiding in the shadow of excuses, blame, guilt, and fear. Consequently, you are able to kill the victim mentality and you get to become the CEO of your life.
Ultimately, your self-confidence is in your own hands. In other words, only you can address the causes of your confidence problems. And only you can rebuild or enhance your confidence level.
When things aren’t the way you would like them to be, you must take full accountability for getting yourself out of the undesired circumstances.
Importance of Self Confidence
Whether you like it or not, your inability to demonstrate confident results in poor impressions and negative assumptions about you in the minds of other people, including your bosses, clients, and customers.
Whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee, building self-confidence must be your absolute priority. The reason is that when you display confidence, you signal that you have faith in your abilities, talents and what you have to offer. And as a result, people are more likely to give you a green light on projects you want to lead or deals you want to win.
Just like a ray of light, your confidence evokes feelings of trustworthiness within people. And consequently, several opportunities come zooming in sight.
The following points highlight why self confidence is important for maximising success:
There are several rules, standards and cultural expectations that prevent people from being their true selves.
Self-confident individuals, on the other hand, have a firmer sense of personal identity. They live according to their values, on their own terms. Naturally, they stand out, build genuine relationships, and accelerate their professional success.
Self-confident individuals stand their ground when others disagree or push their perspective. They find it easy to express their desires or opinions. And they do not hesitate to set limits when they feel the need to do so.
This creative self-expression makes them unique, and it keeps them moving and evolving on the path to success.
Decision making & problem-solving
Confident individuals are more adept at dealing with problems and making their own choices or decisions. When life throws unforeseen problems their way, they choose to act. Even though they may be experiencing fears and doubts, they take action and don’t remain stuck in inertia.
In contrast, people who lack confidence feel paralysed when they are faced with tough choices or difficult decisions.
Problem-solving as well as decision making is excruciating for people with low self-confidence. Perhaps because they are not assured they have the right judgment, knowledge, or discernment to do something. So, they do nothing and allow events to play out on their own. And often this results in disappointing or even harmful consequences.
Can self-confidence be learnt?
Yes, you can learn to be more confident by nurturing the specific skill sets and behaviours that foster confidence.
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