Confidence – it’s a critical, if not the, ingredient you need whether you’re looking for a new job, trying to be more creative in your current job, or thinking of launching a business of your own.
Just a few weeks ago, as I was in Washington, DC, driving to Capitol Hill for an important meeting, my radio suddenly announced a traffic alert, “Avoid the downtown area. Streets are closed because Captain America is filming on the mall.”
I thought, “That’s me!” Not that I am Captain America, but I felt that my tackling a meeting on Capitol Hill required a Captain America dose of confidence.
Real confidence – not just some superficial braggadocio – can be difficult to achieve. It comes from deep within, and, while we may be confident in certain areas of our lives where we have a lot of experience, new situations and opportunities can challenge.
How to Be Confident, Even When You’re Not is a great article by Kevin Daum at Inc.com. Daum has three terrific tips on how to build on the strengths you have to help you deal with the unfamiliar confidently.
Another valuable online confidence-boosting resource is Linda Descanos, Mastering the Three V’s to Project Confidence and Presence where she provides tools to help us identify and polish our strengths.
Anne Fisher’s article, Shy at Work? Seven Ways to Speak Up, at Fortune online shares excellent and actionable tips on how to overcome lack of confidence.
Lack of confidence does not have to be an insurmountable hurdle. Believe in yourself and, with just a little practice, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy in your eyes and everyone else’s, including Captain America’s.