All of us stop short of what we really could accomplish because we doubt — doubt we can actually do something. We think less of our abilities, less of our experiences, less of our education, and less of our accomplishments than others who view us. We are blocked by our own opinion of ourselves. It prevents us from thinking bigger and imagining greater things to try.
Self-confidence is the key. It is the key to moving on and not staying trapped on the treadmill. It is the key to trying something we find challenging or different. It is the element needed to step out of the boat and traveling beyond the confines of the structure.
How do we develop self-confidence? Simply reflecting on something other than “me, myself, and I” is a start. Focus on the other person, the goal ahead, the next step and the target rather than the path. Enjoy the journey — even the road blocks and the dips. Tackle the problems with enthusiasm because they make the end result that much more of an accomplishment. The hard fought battle is more satisfying than the easy slide into success. Self-confidence allows us to take each step with excitement rather than fear.
We all enjoy reading a book, going to the movie, or watching the TV show because the people seem to have a much more adventurous life than our own. The adventure happens because there is some type of conflict — a problem to deal with. Without conflict, life would be quite boring. Conflict gives our own self confidence a much needed jolt and quite frankly, a more fulfilling life. It pushes us to be a stronger person and brings joy when we get past that first hurdle and on toward the prize. Self-confidence allows us to stand toe to toe with danger, the unknown, and fearful situations. It allows us to live the book rather than just read it. Self-confidence is a place we must consciously put our mind and body into because we want to be there. We want to go beyond what we have right now. So with your new found confidence, step out into the world with your head up and a prayer — it helps when taking the first big leap.