Finish this sentence: If I can (run a marathon), then I can certainly (deliver that presentation). Next time you’re faced with a challenge and your confidence is a little shaky, use this sentence, filling in the specifics; Repeat it like a mantra. You may be surprised at the results.
This idea is called confidence transfer — taking the self-assurance you have in one area of your life and projecting it into another.
We all have supreme reliance in some ability. It may be in how we deal with people, conflicts, or negotiations. Or maybe it’s troubleshooting, painting, public speaking, or running a marathon. Everybody has and demonstrates confidence sometime, someplace, somehow. So, go ahead — trust yourself. Trust your abilities. Trust your inner strength. Trust that you’ll be able to figure it out, get through it, and finish it successfully.
Those who exude confidence set themselves apart. Because change in the future will be so prevalent, confidence can no longer come from the fact that you’ve “done it for years.” Confidence must come from taking on new challenges, building new skills then succeeding in all types of new and different situations. Let your reservoir of confidence in one area of your life fuel your courage for a new challenge.
Let your confidence show by:
- Using current comfort to fuel your comfort
- Giving yourself the credit you deserve
- Acting and feeling confident
- Smiling and saying, “Yes, I can do that. Yes, I will do that.”