Confidence: What is it to you?

Each of us has our own definition of confidence. I am sure mine will evolve as the survey results come in, but for now, I define confidence as self-assurance, a belief in your abilities, skills, and value in the world. A firm self-knowledge that whatever challenge presents itself, you possess the capabilities to problem solve, marshal resources, ask for help and learn new skills to obtain a satisfactory outcome.

As I’ve been developing UNSTOPPABLE CONFIDENCE, I’ve spoken to many people in and out of the workforce about real and perceived confidence. The overwhelming reaction is “ I’m so glad you’re doing this because having confidence is so important. I wish I had had more of it growing up. I wish I had more of it now. It’s one of the most important things I want to instill in my children.”

At the same time, I’m hearing concerns about having too much confidence, an excessive and often unwarranted level of confidence in their abilities, judgments, and decisions. Being overconfident can bring about a host of bad behaviors, from overestimating abilities, underestimating risks, disregarding advice or feedback, never admitting or learning from mistakes, and resisting learning new things that result in powerful self-improvement. And this is just the shortlist.

But confidence is not binary. It’s not either or. There is a middle ground, which is easily achievable, and that’s where I often start with my clients.

Having coached thousands of professionals for 30 years, I have seen how critical confidence is to personal and professional success. It helps us navigate challenges and seize opportunities. It enhances our communication and leadership performance, provides a reservoir of resilience when life gets tough, and sustains our mental and emotional well-being.

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