Ayn Rand wisely said,
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
Building confidence is not about ability; it’s about belief. As evidenced by Rand’s quote above, a healthy sense of belief in oneself can go a long way (오래지속되다).
Belief and confidence are like the chicken and the egg, inextricably linked in (불가분하게|뗄수업게 연결된) such a way that it doesn’t really matter which one came first because they are both essential to the other’s existence. When building confidence, we must believe, and to believe we must be confident that what we believe is right.
No one is born confident. Your confidence and beliefs are shaped by your lived experiences, including failure and disappointment that can cause you to question everything you thought you knew.
When you question your beliefs, it directly affects your ability to be confident. However, it is almost certain that you will fail and be disappointed from time to time. Therefore, knowing how to maintain your confidence in the face of those low points / is paramount.
In an effort to help you avoid the destabilizing effects of failure and disappointment, here are 5 steps to building confidence that is unshakeable.
Create a Strong Personal Belief Statement
A strong belief statement, or affirmation, can be a game-changer. Your belief statement should be both a distillation of your beliefs and a statement of encouragement that reminds you of your capabilities. You should feel positive and empowered when you say your belief statement to yourself.
An example of a belief statement is: “I fearlessly succeed, no matter the circumstance, and remain victoriously affluent.” The statement speaks to an ability to overcome life’s failures and disappointments while still accomplishing whatever must be accomplished.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Through repetition, we gain facility. The more you practice being confident, the more confident you will be.
There are things that you already know you are good at or are capable of. The data from those past events can be helpful as you intentionally practice being confident, especially when it is used as evidence to support the belief that you can do whatever is required in the moment.
Any time you believe you can accomplish something or deliver on an expectation, that is an opportunity to practice confidence. Simply expressing your confidence out loud to yourself or others can have a truly transformative effect.
The act of verbalizing your self-confidence immediately gives a positive belief more weight, and sharing it with others allows them to validate and support you in that belief. When they echo their confidence in you, it will help you in building confidence in yourself.
You have to strengthen your confidence like a muscle, otherwise you don’t stand a chance (변화를 견디어내다) when life hits you with unexpected disappointment.
Surround Yourself With Confident and Competent People
You are a reflection of both the people you spend time with and your environment. Therefore, making sure that you’re spending time with people who exhibit confidence in themselves is important. They are modeling behaviors that are beneficial for your growth.
Watching others exercise their confidence despite life’s challenges will help deepen your belief and confidence in yourself. Their presence will not only serve as reminder of how to be confident in tough times, but it will also remind you that you are not alone on this journey.
Keep Track of Your Wins
You can’t argue with evidence. The internal critic can get pretty loud and aggressive when you are dealing with self-doubt, which can snowball into an all-out assault (눈덩이처럼 불어닥치다) on your beliefs and confidence.
We tend to be very good at remembering what went wrong but not as great as remembering what we did well. Keeping a record creates an archive of valuable data.
When you have your wins written down, you can always refer back to (~에 다시 회부하다.언급하다) them as tangible (visible) examples of your capabilities, bravery, and accomplishments. Your inner critic will be hard-pressed to (~하는 것을 힘들어하다.곤란해 하다) negate (=nullify, invalidate) such compelling examples of your confidence in action. These examples are great prompts to reconnect with your confidence and exercise that muscle.
Establish a Foundation of Trust in the Greater Universality of Life
Trust, here, refers to a deeper knowing that allows you to experience a deep faith that leads to confidence.
When you trust that there is something greater in store for you, that everything happens for a reason, or that nothing is random, then you are able to tap into a sense of acceptance when things go awry (틀어지다/예측에서 벗어나다).
There is a beauty in your individual spiritual experience that is unique only to you. Many things are unknowable, including the future. However, what you do know is that you are here on this planet with millions of other people, all trying to live their best lives and bring something of value to their community.
You can trust that you are dedicated to doing what is necessary to move along your journey to self-realization. You can trust that up until this moment you have allowed yourself to be guided to where you need to be — whether by intuition or by something else. You can trust that you are already whole.
Cultivating a deep trust in the universality of life and the things we know to be true is an invaluable anchor for our confidence.
Building confidence is important, and for many that process can be daunting. Ultimately, what we believe about ourselves effects our confidence. We have all heard the old adage (saying),
“If you don’t think you can, then you won’t.”
It may seem like an oversimplification, but it’s not. When you believe in yourself deeply, and the belief is rooted in deep trust, there is very little that can shake your confidence. Remember to practice confidence daily, be unafraid to create a belief statement that fires you up, track your wins, surround yourself with confident people, and establish a foundation of trust. Practices like these will give you the confidence you need to accomplish what is possible every day.