Have you ever experienced a period where your self-confidence has held you back from taking advantage of opportunities? Stopped you from achieving your best? I wish I could say no to these questions. Through my work with other business leaders, I have learned we all experience these situations in varying degrees. The difference between success and failure is how we respond to them.
Samuel Johnson once said “Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” This is so true. When you have the self confidence to take risks, push yourself forward or try something new, you are one step closer to your goals.
A lack of self-confidence can occur when you:
- Don’t have a clear vision of what you want to achieve in your career/life. Many of my coaching clients have a good idea of what they want to achieve but it is not crystal clear. As we explore what they want to achieve in their professional career or as an entrepreneur, they gain confidence when the clarity come through to the fore.
- Fail to plan and prepare. If you want to achieve success, a plan is necessary. Even successful business people who started their business without a business plan say that in hind-sight, if they had had a plan they would have avoided some costly mistakes or they would have launched a product/service that wasn’t profitable. Preparing involves staying current in your skills and knowledge so that when opportunities come along you are ready.
- Hold back instead of act. This is a common roadblock. An opportunity comes along and fear or a lack of self-confidence prevent you from taking the first step forward. A Coach is a great person to assist you to break through this impasse. They will keep you focused and accountable to your plan.
- Ignore feedback which would cause you to review or rejig Being open to feedback from your team, a Coach or mentor or even other colleagues sets you up for success. When you fail to remain open to this valuable feedback (good or bad) you can miss out on great opportunities to achieve greater results. Hearing and considering input doesn’t mean you always have to act on it — just hear it and consider it… you never know what can happen.
- Lose Steam and don’t keep on track. How many times have you been eager to start a project and then your enthusiasm and focus dissipate as time goes on. This can happen when you don’t know what next step to take, when you are unsure of the validity, fear success or don’t have a plan. Find an accountability partner like a Coach or join a mastermind group for longterm success.
” The secret of making dreams come true can be summarized in four C’s.
They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy; and the greatest of these is Confidence.”
– Walt Disney