“Confidence is the father of achievement.”
– Orison Swett Marden, author
Questions to Ponder
- Consider your answer to the third question above.
- Create ways to have more of those things in your life.
- Spend more time with people who believe in you.
- Move forward confidently.
I just completed a two-day workshop with 19 leaders. One of their biggest goals for the workshop was to leave with greater confidence. I doubt they had read today’s quotation, but they knew how important confidence is anyway.
What could I do to help them build their confidence over the course of a two-day workshop? I considered that a great deal during lunch and during the evening between the sessions. My conclusion was two-fold. I can’t do much, and I can do a whole lot. Let me explain.
I could provide information and the chance to practice new skills during the training, and those things could help someone become more confident as they apply those skills. But they have to apply the knowledge – I can’t do it for them.
And I could look for glimpses of their potential and encourage them by helping them see what I see. When I believe in someone, and act in that way, it helps them grow their confidence in themselves (setting off the chain reaction of greater results). Research shows it and personal experience proves it. Our belief in others is a tangible factor in raising their belief (i.e. confidence) in themselves.
So along with the action steps above to help you raise your confidence, I hope you will do one more thing – encourage and believe in others. Because when you do that, you plant the seed of confidence in them too.