Would you describe yourself as being confident?

Self Confidence might mean different things to different people. For a child it might mean the ability to recite a poem to her teacher the next morning. For a business executive it might mean the ability to present a business report to a Board of Directors. For a salaried person it may mean the ability to resign from his secure job to start on a new independent venture, and so on. In each of these instances, these people require a certain level of confidence in order to execute their respective tasks.

Let’s explore your confidence levels!

Following is a simple questionnaire in which you can answer either Yes or No.

If you have answered ‘Yes’ to 5 or more of these questions, you might lack the confidence required to successfully execute some of your tasks. This is in no way something to be alarmed about as you now have the awareness that you could develop the necessary skills to become more confident.

Below are 5 steps you can take to immediately start building your confidence:

1.Get crystal clear on the things that truly matter to you. If they’re not in your life already, find ways to bring them in.

2.What are you tolerating and putting up with? Make a list of these and write down how you can change, remove or improve these items.

3.Find creative ways of saying no, like: “I’m learning to limit my commitments.”

4. Next time you come up against a risk or a challenge, become aware of what you tell yourself and look for a way to improve your inner dialog. You could ask yourself, “What is required for this to be different?”

5.Fear is a way of letting you know that you’re about to stretch yourself and grow your confidence. That’s a good thing, so use it to take yourself forwards rather than run away.

Self Confidence comes from knowing your competence a acknowledging it’s not solely responsible for creating your world. When you take that weight off your shoulders and realize that sometimes the twists and turns have nothing to do with what you did or should have done, it’s easier to feel confident in what you bring to the table.

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