“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
- Anaïs Nin
Our levels of confidence are linked with our levels of optimism. Generally speaking, if you are more often than not optimistic, then you are more likely to show positive levels of confidence. The optimist tends to see the potential for a positive result somewhere on the horizon for any given situation. They will always look to see the best qualities in people. More often than not, they tend to put their trust in themselves and those around them. They are the champions of hope. With their focus on positivity, they enjoy confidence.
The opposite end of the spectrum is the pessimist. They tend to see the potential for a negative result somewhere on the horizon for any given situation. They will regularly expect to see the negative qualities in people. More often than not, they tend not to put their trust in themselves and those around them. They are the champions of the doomsday scenario. With their focus on negativity, they are often a stranger to confidence.
I often ask clients the question – what if you could not fail, but were guaranteed to succeed in all that you did, what would you do with the rest of your life? This question is designed to open the client’s mind to the endless possibilities of what they could achieve with the right attitude. Let me ask you a similar question. What if you were always confident? Imagine what you would achieve in life if confidence was never a problem. If you never experienced fear of failure as a barrier to doing something, had no fear of rejection holding you back, no unhealthy doubting your ability, no significant worry, anxiety, panic or low self esteem issues? Imagine what YOUR life would be like if you were fully confident, excited about your future, fully engaged instead of apprehensive or withdrawn, always progressing instead of stagnating, enjoying instead of worrying, assured instead of anxious, an effective participator instead of a pensive spectator. I would suggest to you that if this were the case, if you had healthy levels of confidence at all times, you would be more successful in every area of your life than you are currently. This is not a pipe dream, but a real possibility, one that you can achieve by introducing tried and tested techniques to change the way you think.
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