. . . is a part of your self.
It goes without saying that our confidence is not always as strong as we would like it to be. It is sometimes shadowed by doubt, which if left unchallenged can evolve into insecurities. I tend to find that whatever I happen to become interested in requires a great deal of research, and my friends often remark on my ability to learn before I leap. Once I am comfortable with something, I become confident that my choice to learn about that something will be a welcomed learning experience or life changing in some way.
There is no cause for alarm if you lack confidence in something, as sometimes it is a healthy fear that causes you to hesitate or stand down entirely from a challenge. I have been in many situations, where I would have felt better knowing more, and this lack of knowledge played on my level of confidence. I become silent—not in a bad way, just quiet. I have since learned that in those situations, quite often the room is full of people who know even less than I do. I began to use this knowledge to my advantage: I learned more and in turn became more confident about what I knew. I then became comfortable enough to talk about what I had learned. What follows is practicing what I have learned, which then becomes experience, which builds confidence . . . you get the idea.
Confidence also comes into effect with things that you do—are you good enough, strong enough, capable enough to accomplish a task? Well, with practice, or repetitive applications, you not only become good at something, you become the best at it. This instills confidence for the next task you take on. I have learned that climbing one day at a time, one can ascend the tallest of mountains. I set myself up for success, I learn as I go, and when I get to the top I remember each step I took along the way. As you may already know, I am by no means a mountaineer, but I have met with some huge, life-changing challenges in my day, and each were conquered using this approach.
My Dad always used to say, “Look after the big things, the little things will look after themselves.” Well, it came to me one day that this theory of living was sound in my dad’s day, but things have changed. Today, the little things can explode if they are not at the very least acknowledged, organized, and tended to. After the little things I can get to the big things. To me this is living one day at a time, this is how I keep a comfortable level of confidence, this is how I simply BE—Confident.
Each step you take along your path, you’re learning as you go;
Believe in you and all you do, and when you smile, let confidence show.