The word confidence is bantered around frequently. We are admonished to have more of it.
How confident do your feel?
I guess the first thing is to ask, what is confidence. According to the dictionary it is:
- full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.
- belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: Her lack of confidence defeated her.
- certitude; assurance: She described the situation with such confidence that the audience believed her completely.
My assessment is that confidence is both a mood and a muscle. Some days I feel on top of the world and very confident and other days I feel like hiding in my room and not tackling anything hard. I am the same person, but I feel like two different people. I’ve also noticed I can do things that foster my confidence (and also engage in things that send my confidence in a free-fall).
Yet, the bottom line is you need confidence to be effective in business.
When you have confidence you know where you are headed and have the strength to carry you through. Strong confidence inspires others to follow you. Confidence allows you to tackle tough projects or challenges that otherwise would seem daunting. Confidence allows you to ask for what you need to accomplish your goals, ask for what you want to feel engaged in your work, and ask for what you are worth!