Confidence Is Crucial

When it comes to succeeding in our professional and personal lives, confidence is one of the most important qualities we can have. We’ve all been around people who exude this winning trait. Perhaps it is the surgeon whose reassuring manner puts you at ease, the professor in complete control of his or her subject matter, or the co-worker you can always count on for an insightful answer.

Experts tell us that these individuals are bound by one common thread.  They probably earned their confidence through…

Countless Hours Of Preparation
During the course of our lives we’ve prepared for tests, work related functions, perhaps even sporting activities. But truly confident people are constantly readying themselves to be the best in their fields. This could be accomplished via continuing education courses, trade journals, seminars, etc. Their reward is reaching a level of comfort with their skills, talents, and abilities that allows them to handle all challenges that come their way.

A confident person has learned to keep his or her eyes on the prize and dismiss or deal with distractions. On the last season of Donald Trump’s show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” country music singer John Rich, one of two finalists, was playing for his charity St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Rich’s final event included the English rock band Def Leppard. Miscommunication resulted in the group appearing later than John Rich and the star-studded audience expected. The country music star’s reaction was to entertain the crowd until Def Leppard took the stage. John, who exhibited incredible confidence from the very first episode, won the “Celebrity Apprentice” title and $250,000.00 prize. In addition, he raised $1,011,900.00 for St. Jude during the season.

Learning From Past Mistakes

Most of us have experienced personal and professional failures. A confident person, however, turns a negative situation into a valuable learning experience in order to avoid repeating the same mistake. Helpful questions he or she might ask include…

  1. What did I do successfully?
  2. What details did I miss?
  3. What will I do differently next time?

Confidence is contagious. We are all attracted to individuals who display this remarkable attribute. Being perceived as the “go-to” person by your clients, co-workers, and peers certainly distinguishes you professionally and personally.  Study the traits of confident people and you’re sure to find that they are students of their craft, adapt to unforeseen challenges, learn from adversity and have one simple phrase in common…  “Yes I can.”

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