There is no such thing as “no confidence”. Everyone has confidence in something. What can fail you are those things in which you place your confidence. This being true, we must make sure that our self-confidence goes to work for us because in selling ourselves we are putting our confidence in ourselves. We had better do so, because if we haven’t got confidence in ourselves, how in the world can we expect anyone else to have confidence in us? I call this important factor “building self-confidence” because, so often, we find ourselves knocked down and we have to build ourselves back up all over again.
These Two Words Have A Lot of Power
I want to tell you about two of the most powerful words in the world. One has the ability to elevate your self-confidence; the other will prevent you from feeling confident. The first has only five letters, but it has the strength to move mountains. That word is called Faith. Faith in yourself and in others. Faith in your abilities and in your future.
The second most powerful word is a four letter word called Fear. Fear that you can’t be or do something. Fear you might fail. The problem is that in our fear of failure, we try to avoid failure by never taking risks. A lost opportunity can be as confidence shattering as failure. You can turn weaknesses into strengths. You can develop courage to meet any situation in which you are selling yourself. You can turn self-doubts to self-confidence.
Here are some examples of how you can build your self-confidence and courage.
- Believe in yourself. Put cards up in your home, car and office with the words I Believe in Myself.
- Repeat those words ten times each day.
- Repeat the words I will ten times each day.
- Refuse to listen to the whisperings of fear. It’s okay to make mistakes. Study your mistakes and failures so that you can learn from them.
- Associate with confident people from now on. Stay away from negative influences.
- Tune up your confidence machine. Give yourself credit for past accomplishments.
- Keep busy. Self-doubts can’t live with busy people.
- Every morning, on arising, say, I am the captain of my ship. Act like it the rest of the day.
- No matter what happens each day to raise your fears, do that thing you fear to do.
- Act as if you can’t fail—and you won’t.
Do these things I just listed and you will find your self-confidence and courage sky rocket.