NextGen Know-How: How to build your confidence

Looking at your past progress and taking action helps overcome negative thinking.

There is a misconception in our society that confidence is an innate quality—that some people have it and some people don’t.

But confidence comes from building competence—repeatedly taking action and increasing your skill and expertise over time. As your competence increases, your belief in yourself increases.

The dictionary definition of confidence is “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities”.

In my work with executives and leaders, even those who appear the most successful externally often struggle with confidence in some areas. No one is successful at everything. And there is always someone else out in the world who may be better than you in some areas. When we compare ourselves to others, we are often left feeling inadequate and insecure.

 

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