Confidence = Feeling good about yourself and your abilities.
Lacking Confidence = A crappy feeling that makes you want to run away and hide.
Lacking confidence is the #1 thing women tell me that gets in their way of leading well and enjoying the leadership experience. Hesitancy, second-guessing or an outright fear, can shake a lady to the core. Moving back to a feeling of certainty can happen. It takes the movement in 1 or more of the 3 factors of confidence: knowledge, skills and attitude. Let's take a look at your confidence.
Factors that add up to confidence
Let’s take, for example, public speaking
Have you participated in any training, read a book or watched a video about what is important to know about effective speaking?
When have you practiced public speaking?
Is it something you regularly do at work and have the opportunity to develop your skills on a daily or weekly basis?
Do you believe you can be a decent public speaker?
Do you have faith in yourself? Listen to your inner dialogue. What is it saying to you?
2 Steps to Mastering Your confidence
Take a moment to consider where you lack confidence. Identify the particular area you struggling with:
Step # 2
Review the 3 factors of confidence.
What can you do in each of these areas to help you to boost your confidence?
Increasing your confidence starts with your attitude
When you align your attitude with your desire, you can shift the other two areas. It’s easier to be open to increasing your knowledge and skills when you believe that doing so will make a difference. Watch your thoughts. They are ultimately the key component of your confidence level. Help your mind, by learning and growing. The combination of all three will have you more optimistic about yourself and what you are capable of doing. You will take control of making yourself more confident.
What will you do today, to get an immediate boost of confidence in one area of your leadership?
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Women leaders often hit a point where they find themselves in over their heads and wondering if they have what it takes to lead.