Have Confidence in Yourself When You're Trying Something New
15th August, 2012
It’s typical for people to desire to learn new things. The feeling of desire and yearning for something better, something different, is practically ingrained in the human DNA. We all know that satisfaction is always hard to find. Yes people can be happy with what they have, but sooner or later, the desire to try something new is going to kick in. That wanting feeling triggers change, which is a good thing, however it often backfires when we’re not kind enough to accept that we can’t be good at something new easily.
Getting into a new environment can make people very anxious, thus, inciting feelings of doubt, fear and stress. Change is necessary, as is the difficulties that you have to face if you want to learn something new. A lot of people can help you learn and achieve what you want, but ultimately the biggest help will come from yourself. You should be kind and patient with yourself, just as how you will be patient with a child who’s just learning how to read.
How can you show kindness to yourself?
Trust in your ability to pull through. Confidence may be gained by how you think people perceive you. If people look up to you, you become confident to make decisions. But what if no one looks up to you? That’s when your self esteem plays an important role. Self esteem is your own belief, not tainted by what others think, that you can pull through and accomplish even the most difficult of tasks. If things look dreary, believe in yourself and remember the success you had with other seemingly difficult situations. If you’re beginning to give up, remember how you eventually managed to accomplish things in your life, despite of the difficulties you experienced.
Avoid self negating thoughts. When people try to learn something new, they often think twice of their actions. Questions like, “Is this the right way to do it?” and “What if I fail?” often creep up. Doubting yourself will never do you any good because it destroys two things in you, your self esteem and your momentum. The euphoria of possibly achieving something is easily vanished by one negative thought. There are two things you can do to avoid this from happening:
Praise yourself consistently, even for little accomplishments. Praises and compliments reinforce good feelings into your brain. It’s like your brain telling you that you’re in the right track. If you do this consistently, you’ll be able to build a new line of thoughts in your head- thoughts of you succeeding and doing well.
Make a plan and stick to it without questioning yourself in between. Asking yourself dubious questions while in the middle of learning something will throw off your concentration. Some even abandon their plans of learning something new, just because of one negative thought.
Accept failure graciously. No matter how hard you try to do things correctly, you will eventually commit a mistake. Remember that you’re a beginner in whatever you’re trying to learn, so mistakes are inevitable. Think of your mistakes instead as a path to better results. Some of the greatest minds in history won’t be able to invent what we have today if they stopped at the first sign of failure.
You can learn something new and become a better, more considerate person by following those 3 tips. Aside from learning something new, these tips will also give you a better insight on your character. You’ll learn about your fears, your confidence problems and doubts. Whatever you learn from this, will help you battle future problems.
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