Resilience – Four ways to boost your confidence in times of doubt

All of us, including the most astute business icons, superstars of stage, screen and music and world class athletes, at some stage we all have moments of doubt and lose confidence in our abilities. This can particularly happen when we experience a lot of change and uncertainty. So how can we maintain confidence all, or at least most, of the time?

Basically, we just need to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.

Here’s how:

1) Remind yourself of your achievements and successes – I have images of me presenting and speaking to happy smiling audiences on my office walls along with testimonial letters from very satisfied clients.

2) Surround yourself with as many friends and people who are happy, confident and successful.

3) If something didn’t work out, don’t dwell on failure; focus on what did go well and ask the following questions, ‘”What didn’t work? What could I have done better? What will I do different next time?” If you’re not sure why things are not going your way ask for feedback, don’t guess.

4) No news is good news – I’ve stopped listening to the news and reading newspapers, as it seems to me the media just revel in concentrating on the negative. Even when there’s good news they seem to put a negative spin on it. I just listen to the radio a couple of times a day for the ‘highlights’ so that I’m aware of what’s going on. If I think I need more information on anything I’ll look in to it.

Until next time step up and step onwards.

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