We have all tried something and failed, but the real failure is to let that stop you from trying again. Don’t be afraid of failure, because those are the lessons that help us succeed.
There is always the possibility of failure, but if you’re prepared and ready for the task ahead of you, the best thing you can do is to be confident in yourself and your abilities. Sometimes we think that having low expectations can prepare us for disappointment, but negative thinking often leads to negative actions, like a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you go into a game thinking that you will lose, it’s hard to work past that barrier in your mind. Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to always happen, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for the moment.
Confidence can be just as important an asset as skills, knowledge, and experience. It’s not being arrogant or oblivious to the possibility of failure, but knowing what you’re good at and that you have it in you to win.
Game Plan: What can you do to increase your confidence? It depends on the situation you’re in, but here are some ideas to help improve your overall level of confidence:
- Exercise: It can make you feel good about yourself both through the endorphins you release and the confidence of having a healthy body
- Dressing well: When you feel good about the way that you look, you have more confidence. Put some outfits together from your closet that make you feel good, and make sure that any new clothes you buy make you feel comfortable and good about yourself.
- Explain something you understand well: When you’re talking about something that you’re knowledgeable about, you’re in your territory and able to show what you know. Find a community where you can voice your opinion or help others out on online discussion boards.