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Ask anyone what should be the most important trait in one’s personality and pat comes the reply ‘Confidence’. This ‘ten’ letter word has so much power that one simply can’t afford to overlook or ignore it. And if we add the prefix ‘self’ in confidence then it defines who you are.
Every organization looks for self-confident individuals as they are more apt to produce high-quality work under pressure. A self-confident person believes in his strengths and abilities and does not become overwhelmed by low self-esteem and doubt. People who exhibit self-confidence do not seek the approval of others but are ambitious and seek challenges.
People who are low in confidence grapple to become successful in their life. The reason is simple. People having self-confidence are not only an asset for themselves but for others also. Think about the people in your life who exhibit quality self-confidence. These people are generally fun to be around, possess many friends and are often successful in their choice of career.
The world today has become highly competitive and confidence is the only key tool to win the rat race in every walk of life. But many times we feel the basic element of confidence is missing in us. As a result we perform well below our caliber. This happens due to fear of being rejected or any other reason. Be it in a public speech, giving vivas in your college, appearing for an interview or say even on the eve before your exams. For eg. CAT, XAT, MAT etc.
If we look into our hearts and think, we will come to know that the fear inside us is going to get us nowhere. It is the confidence that is going to take us places. This is because with confidence we can put across our thoughts in a better and pleasing way. Instead of living in these unending moments of fear and thoughtless analysis it is better if we project ourselves with the skills we have with the gloss of confidence. Confidence helps to portray the finer points of one’s personality in such a way that the weak points are never highlighted.
But as we say anything in excess is bad. Confidence should glow in us only till the point where our personality is boosted. Above this it leads to over-confidence that is totally unacceptable. Many people confuse confidence with over-confidence and that is the beginning of their end.
Scroll through the lines and see the difference: “I can do this is” or “Only I can do this.” The former gives a sense of confidence that if one believes in himself nothing is impossible. But the latter displays an egoistic feeling discarding the importance of others and their presence as well.
Over-confidence results in unsatisfied performance levels as the seed of ego grows into a plant in our mind. We then imagine and make big talks just to maintain our ego. This ultimately makes you fake and leads to your downfall. Confidence is all about being cool, calm and composed.
A life experience without self-confidence leads a person to miss out on the valuable opportunities. Confidence in one’s own capabilities combined with sincere efforts helps one to achieve unthinkable heights. A self-confident person is a natural leader and strongly believes in his or her principles but is open to other points of view.
The good news is that as you take classes to speak fluent English or try to get a perfect figure by working out in gym, confidence can be gained or strengthened quite easily. It is readily achievable, just as long as you have the focus and determination to carry things through. Once this is understood, and you master the ability to gain confidence, it becomes a snowballing juggernaut of positivity. But the bad news is that there’s no quick fix or a 5-minute solution to achieve it.
There are a number of things you can consciously do to build self confidence. Here as some that would help to boost or build your confidence:
To conclude, self-confidence is about balance. At one extreme, we have people with low self-confidence. At the other end, we have people who may be over-confident. If you are under-confident, you’ll avoid taking risks and stretching yourself; and you might not try at all. And if you’re over-confident, you may take on too much risk, stretch yourself beyond your capabilities, and crash badly.
Getting this right is a matter of having the right amount of confidence, founded in reality and on your true ability. With the right amount of self-confidence, you will take informed risks, stretch yourself (but not beyond your abilities) and try hard.
Self-confident people inspire confidence in others: their audience, their peers, their bosses, their customers, and their friends. So boost yourself as your mind is your greatest mentor and you are your greatest helper.
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