Importance of self-confidence

The dictionary definition of self-confidence is "a feeling of trust in one's abilities, qualities, and judgement".


The Counselling Centre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign defined self-confidence as "having a positive attitude, but with realistic views." They also note that a self-confident person has a general sense of control of her/his own life, and can do what he/she wishes, plans and expects.

There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, of course; the key here is to have a positive attitude but with realistic views. If you've read any self-development books, you may know that many will tell you to think positively and you will attract things into your life.

However, I am sure that if you were to mention this to friends and family, some would question this by saying: "If you imagine yourself to be a millionaire without action, does this mean you will become a millionaire?" But, this is an example of having a positive attitude, with unrealistic views - i.e. if you do not take the necessary action, you will not get the desired results.

In your career or business, a lack of self-confidence will prevent you from seeking out opportunities that are available to you. You will not see yourself as being good enough for that promotion, to take on that project or to secure the next deal. You will be in danger of just accepting the position you hold, the money you earn and the time you have.

However, with an increase in self-confidence, you will begin to look outside of the box; you will begin to believe in your abilities and open yourself up by setting higher standards, targets and goals for yourself and your business. This, together with a positive attitude, will begin to attract more of the right opportunities in your life.

In your personal life, you will become a happier person as you begin to fulfil the things that you most desire. You become a nicer person to be around and people enjoy your company more as you learn to be stress-free and you begin to have more energy.

Becoming a self-confident person has many more benefits to your health and well-being, such as an increase in passion, motivation and ability to influence others. You are the leader of your life so take control of your journey through it.

Working with an Executive Coach will allow you to overcome your limiting beliefs/barriers, enabling you to become a self-confident person, who has a positive attitude, setting and achieving goals at a higher level.

If you're ready to make a change and increase your self-confidence, contact a coach today.

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