Do you have the confidence to conquer anything?

November 6, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 4.53.11 PMWhen was the last time you wish you had more self-confidence?  Perhaps it was during a job interview or before a sales pitch to a new prospect—any scenario in which you were well aware of your lack of confidence. 

Many people mistakenly believe that confidence is simply something they either have or don’t have, and those who lack it often think they’ll never be confident.  Truth be told—confidence is a skill that must be learned and reinforced with practice.  Although the old adage is, “Practice makes perfect,” Dale Carnegie said, “Practice makes permanent.”  Why is this differentiation so important?

Similar to a sports skill, when you practice a bad technique, you ultimately master a bad technique.  Worse yet, over time, that technique will become so ingrained in your memory that it will be quite difficult to ever correct it.  By practicing a good technique, on the other hand, you will master a skill that contributes to your success.  This holds true for self-confidence.  If you’ve tried to develop self-confidence, but continue to have discouraging and negative thoughts, it’s because you were unable to obtain the knowledge required to develop self-confidence as a skill.

Fear and confidence cannot co-exist.  Dale Carnegie said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”  If you want to develop self-confidence as a skill, consider enrolling in the Strictly Business: The Dale Carnegie Immersion Seminar.  In just three days, you’ll also learn strategies to minimize stress; develop more meaningful relationships; remember names and win others to your way of thinking.   Click here to learn more.

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