THE SITUATION :
With COVID, Putin, & U.S. Politics, we all need to gain some success personally & professionally;
SOLUTIONS: ACTION-ABLES: WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Here are 7 Ways To Solidify The Confidence You Need To Succeed; [From the Author & Source – see below]
You can’t win as an entrepreneur or business owner without full confidence in your own ability, as well as in your solution and business model. As an angel investor in startups, I always look for this self-confidence, no matter how innovative the solution. Of course, you can be overly confident or unrealistic in your expectations, without the skills or plans to run a business.
Unfortunately, I have seen more great business ideas sabotaged by founders with self-doubt, fear of failure, and uncertainty, than by over-confidence. I found the power of self-confidence, and how to build it, confirmed in a new book, “The Confident Mind,” by Dr. Nate Zinsser. Dr. Zinsser is a renowned psychology expert on the power of confidence and mental toughness in performance.
1. First, convince yourself what you want most in life. Then let your brain and body focus on going after it. Every step forward and small success will be recognized as joy and excitement, drowning out stress and fear. Failures will become learning experiences and confidence builders, rather than mistakes that lead to a spiral into the ground.
2. Always be your own best (and most honest) friend. You must always stick up for yourself, just like you would for your best friend. I have found that very few of you have compassion for yourselves in moments of pain and difficulty, as you would for your best friend. Use acceptance, forgiveness, and compassion, to keep up your confidence.
3. Use both logic and fantasy to create a new reality. Sometimes you have to turn off your careful analytical mind to just “look and do … sense and react.” This is especially true when you are stepping into the unknown, as an entrepreneur. Use realism when making hour-by-hour decisions, but be creative when setting your long-term horizons.
4. Gather more knowledge and consistently apply it. Find your core strengths, and apply them consistently. Trying to do all things better at the same time is not a confidence builder. I find that entrepreneurs are either idea persons, or business builders, but rarely both. In these cases, it may be better to find a co-founder with complementary strengths.
5. Beliefs produce behavior, so build confidence first. Confidence provides the energy, drive, motivation, and awareness to develop real competence. You will never know just how capable you can be until you act with full confidence. Look for that succession of small steps forward, rather than behavior modifications, to build your confidence.
6. Believe that every competitor is human and beatable. Resist the hype, rumor, and gossip that our media-saturated world provides on competitors and reluctant customers. Do your own reality check and recognize that each is no better than you, with fears, doubts, and imperfections. You will then convince yourself that every case is winnable.
7. Above all else, always play to win. Never let yourself worry about the mistakes you have made, or might make in the future. These erode confidence rather than build it. Instead celebrate all your successes, and the positive moments along the way. Don’t try to conform to the crowd, but think differently to capitalize on your special insights.
The notion that confidence and faith in yourself only comes from genes, or a sudden flash of illumination, is a comforting excuse for failure and giving up in business. I see confidence coming more often from determination, long-haul hard work, and practice, practice, practice. It’s a habit that you should cultivate, nurture, and perfect, even during the worst days of your life. Start now.
*** First published on Inc.com on 2/3/2022 ***
1) Southern California Tech Central
2) New Book; The Confident Mind