Confidence Is A Choice, Not A Symptom

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The batter has already hit two home runs. When he gets up to bat for the third time, his confidence is running high…

It’s easy to feel confident when we’re on a roll, when the cards are going our way, or we’re closing sales right and left. This symptomatic confidence, one built on a recent series of successes, isn’t particularly difficult to accomplish or useful.

Effective confidence comes from within; it’s not the result of external events. The confident salesperson is likely to close more sales. The confident violinist expresses more of the music. The confident leader points us to the places we want (and need) to go.

You succeed because you’ve chosen to be confident. It’s not really useful to require yourself to be successful before you’re able to become confident”.

I read the above blog by Seth Godin and my chin hit the floor. I thought to myself “OF COURSE” and “DUH”, being beyond inspired and thinking this makes so much sense. Yet, looking back at my own experience in the past month, I noticed that I (yes, me), had been choosing wrongly. This last month has been riddled with darker days and feelings of vulnerability, insecurity and doubt. I had allowed for my confidence be shaken, just because I didn’t get a job I was up for; a job I know I am good at, really good at!

Reading the wise words of Seth Godin, reminded me of my truth, my belief and my choice. I know that my life has a purpose and everything happens as it should. I believe in blind faith; meaning, you can’t see the next move or the next opportunity but you know it is there and you live it. I choose once again to be that beautiful, confident woman.

Confidence is a choice. Whether you set out today to start a new exercise regimen, get a new job, stop eating gluten and sugar, lower your cholesterol, be less defensive, ask for a raise, drink less alcohol, lose the weight or get more sleep, no matter what your track record is, choosing to be confident will help grease your skids for success!

Are you in?

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