Hey, it’s still football season – my favorite sports time of the year. So why not another motivating quote from the gridiron:
Vince Lombardi – “Confidence is contagious, so is lack of confidence.”
We all know how true this is. If we are paying attention, we see this concept play out every day in our lives…at work, at home, and at play. When you have confidence in what you are doing, your performance will most often meet or exceed your expectations…and you’ll perform with little to no stress. However, when you don’t have confidence you will more often perform below your expectations and experience the discomfort of doubt and worry.
We all want to operate with more confidence, though it can be hard to come by in 3 these situations:
- You have performed poorly in the past
- You have never done before
- Same task but much larger scale than anything you’ve done in the past
I immediately think of 5 work examples for the above situations:
- Starting a new business
- Expanding an existing business
- Starting a new job
- Taking a promotion
- Changing careers
Many other examples come to mind in our home/play life – dating, marriage, parenting, home improvement projects, sports, hobbies, games, parties, etc.
We typically gain confidence with something through having performed it successfully in the past. But why wait for success to show up. You can gain confidence whenever you need it…even before your first attempt at something.
Confidence, like Success, is a MINDSET, an ATTITUDE, which you can choose to shift to the positive. Those who don’t consciously choose their mindset are left to whatever their “default” mindset is in the situations described above…which for most people is fear, doubt, worry – lack of confidence.
Using confidence-building auto-suggestion techniques and support from a coach/mentor/peer, you can create the “can do, will do” mindset needed to perform at your best. And, isn’t that what we all really want…to do our best?
If you would like advice on how to gain confidence and bring out your best, let’s talk.
Tom Pearson – Personal Success Coach