“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”- Hellen Keller
Not everyone can acknowledge that having self-confidence is a virtue that he or she is inadequate of. This holds true, as even the most confident individual loses confidence occasionally. Confidence is the point at which a person puts trust and faith in their selves, that they can achieve a particular feat or undertaking.
Michelle Watson, author, speaker, and coach, used to have low self-confidence. Having been in an abusive relationship for years has taken its toll on her, most particularly on her self-esteem. She used to pass up opportunities presented before her thinking that she was not worthy or that there are better persons that are much deserving of those opportunities. Because of her low self-esteem, Michelle withered in a corner, passing up opportunities, suffering from depression and suicidal tendencies.
However, reality hit her like a ton of brick, when her very own daughter suffered the same low self-confidence she is suffering; her daughter was bullied at school and sees herself as ugly. Michelle came to understand the effects of having low self-confidence; and being in a negative environment affects people around you, especially your family.
Thus, in her article written for The Rural Woman, a platform where women are empowered by other rural women to thrive, heal, and evolve; and bloom where they are planted to create a nurturing, long-term supportive framework, Michelle Watson share some points on the lessons she learned in life about self-confidence.
She enumerated the importance of confidence and shared confidence-boosting tips. These are:
5 Reasons why confidence is important:
- It determines how much you achieve in life as it impacts your efforts or input.
- It assists in the growth of your self-worth – the more confidence you have the more you will believe in yourself and capabilities.
- It will help you to be a better communicator wherever you are.
- Having confidence eradicates possibility blindness.
- Assists in building a barrier against negative attacks
5 Tips on how to gain more confidence:
- Visualize – Let your imaginations be motivational to you and remember to implement solid mental practices. i.e Declarations
- Circle of Influence – Be in a positive environment of people that help to encourage you and highlight your strengths not just your weaknesses.
- Be mindful of your intake of information.
- Positive Thinking.
- Do not allow past failures dictate your future – beware of your inner voice.
Michelle advised, “Always remember that confidence affects how you think and act, and how successful you are in life. Having self-confidence does not mean that you can do everything but instead assists in achieving expectations that are realistic and keeping one positive even at times when some of the expectations are not met.”
Check out Michelle’s full article on the virtue of confidence HERE.
Show your essence and presence by being confident! Great article, Michelle!
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