Con­fi­dence!

The Miracle - - front page - By: Shabnam Khan – Fam­ily Coun­sel­lor

S elf-con­fi­dence is ex­tremely im­por­tant in al­most ev­ery as­pect of our lives, yet so many peo­ple strug­gle to find it. Sadly, this can be a vicious cir­cle: peo­ple who lack self-con­fi­dence can find it dif­fi­cult to be­come suc­cess­ful! Af­ter all, most peo­ple are re­luc­tant to slow down at a project that’s be­ing in­structed by some­one who is ner­vous and lacks con­fi­dence. On the other hand, you might be per­suaded by some­one who speaks clearly, who holds his or her head high, who an­swers ques­tions as­suredly, and who read­ily ad­mits when he or she does not know some­thing. Con­fi­dent peo­ple in­spire con­fi­dence in oth­ers: their au­di­ence, their peers, their bosses, their cus­tomers, and their friends. And gain­ing the con­fi­dence of oth­ers is one of the key ways in which a self-con­fi­dent per­son finds suc­cess. The good news is that self-con­fi­dence re­ally can be learned and built on. And, whether you’re work­ing on your own self-con­fi­dence or build­ing the con­fi­dence of peo­ple around you, it’s well- worth the ef­fort! Self-con­fi­dence is about bal­ance. At one ex­treme, we have peo­ple with low self-con­fi­dence. At the other end, we have peo­ple who may be over-con­fi­dent. If you are un­der-con­fi­dent, you’ll avoid tak­ing risks and stretch­ing your­self and you might not try at all. And if you’re over-con­fi­dent, you may take on too much risk, stretch your­self be­yond your ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and crash badly. You may also find that you’re so op­ti­mistic that you don’t try hard enough to truly suc­ceed. Get­ting this right is a mat­ter of hav­ing the right amount of con­fi­dence, founded in re­al­ity and on your true abil­ity!!

For Info: email at shabnam@skcoun­selling.ca

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