Confidence is something we have when we have trust or belief that things will turn out favourably for us, or if they don’t we’ll be able to handle it.
When we’re low on confidence, the fear of loss or not being able handle a unfavourable situation often makes us avoid taking action all together.
Ultimately we need to make the decision to act to gain confidence and one great way to help you make that decision is to develop your skills.
Let’s say you lack confidence when delivering presentations at work and you want to get better at it.
Skill development might involve studying great presenters, practicing speaking with a more calm, steady and clear voice tone or even taking acting classes.
Then at your next presentation you’ll have more confidence in your ability as you’ve taken the time to develop your skills.
The real confidence boost though comes after you’ve made that presentation using your new skills. Things may not have gone perfectly but you took action in the face of fear and gained confidence back in return.