Confidence: Why Do You Need It and How Do You Get It?
Faith in your ability to achieve your goals is a key factor in your success. Confidence—what is it, why do you need it—and how do you get it?
According to the Oxford dictionaries, confidence is defined as, “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.” In any business or social setting, firm trust is the stuff that builds dreams and relationships. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, how can your client or your customer?
Does confidence matter?
You bet. Although there are some reasons why a lack of confidence spurs action and pragmatic thinking, few millionaires are made by second and third guessing. Regardless of their business area, successful individuals share some important traits that include:
Confidence is an aspect of each of these traits. Some people are born with it, but most are not. Fortunately, it’s an easily learned skill that pays back over a lifetime.
Chicken or egg: Success or confidence?
For successful entrepreneurs, confidence is 90 percent of the battle. This means belief in yourself, in your ability to learn, and your capability to live outside of your comfort zone. When our business owner working groups meet, we discuss, distill, and develop strategies to boost success. Confidence is a natural by-product. We strive to create a virtuous circle where success builds confidence and confidence builds success.
For most people, confidence is a learned—and earned—skill. Here are some tips for building and bolstering your confidence:
I have talked about Brian Tracy before. The man is the global authority on personal and business achievement. Mr. Tracy talks about the difference between positive thinking and positive knowing. Both are important qualities, but positive knowing is about understanding your vision and surrounding yourself with people and possibilities that can take you there.
No one is an island
I tell business owners that no one is an island—and it’s very true. Good support is a key factor in building and maintaining personal and professional confidence. A good support system can help you through a hard fall, be there to help you rebuild, and hold on to optimism when you see none.
When you are spending too much time at work and your business confidence is sinking, call me at 585-633-7563.
To your success,
Bob Britton is an accomplished entrepreneur with 25 year’s experience starting, building and growing both brick-and-mortar companies as well as online businesses. He's personally built 3 companies from one man shows to the million dollar mark. Marketing Automation Group and the Automated Entrepreneur Method® are his latest brainchild. After working with hundreds of business owners in every walk of business, he realized there was a HUGE gap in the support and training that was available, and set out to fill that void with his no-nonsense, hype free approach to business growth.