On Confidence: Part 1

So … I haven’t written anything for a long time.

I wanted to, but there were no ideas in my head. And when the ideas came, I struggled to transform them into coherent sentences. When I finally put something together, I tussled with the thoughts that my work wasn’t good enough. Had I put the comma in the correct place? Did my argument make sense? Did I even have an argument?!

As someone who started this blog to develop my writing and inspire people to work towards their goals, I have often struggled with confidence and just getting things out there.

Confidence is the belief in one’s abilities. It is certitude. It is swagger. It is the courage to begin when you are not sure what people will think, or if your idea will work. It is the ability to communicate that you actually believe in what you are saying. Confidence often separates those who are skilled from those who are excellent – those who stand out.

The challenge with a lack of self-confidence when you want to begin a new project or develop a skill is that you often don’t begin. And if you don’t begin, you don’t give yourself the chance to learn and become great. You hold yourself back.

Let’s not allow a lack of confidence be a barrier to our success. Who cares what people think? We can make mistakes, learn from them and flourish in our craft. Remember that if you don’t start someone else will. The voice in your head that says you can’t make it is deceptive and needs to be controlled or shut down. Let’s give ourselves a chance to grow.

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