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TO GET WHAT YOU want—at work, in the gym, in your life—it’s cru­cial to have con­fi­dence, some­thing we’ve all learned through ex­pe­ri­ence. But the de­gree to which that mind-set mat­ters when driv­ing your suc­cess may sur­prise you. “Con­fi­dence is on par with com­pe­tence when it comes to achieve­ment,” says Cameron Dr. Paul An­der­son, a pro­fes­sor in the Haas School of Busi­ness at UC Berke­ley. When you feel good about your­self, you are will­ing to take risks and bet­ter able to re­bound from set­backs. You also think more cre­atively and push your­self harder, he says.

Con­fi­dence even helps you har­ness the pos­i­tive power of stress, ac­cord­ing to re­search from the Univer­sity of Chicago. Peo­ple who are un­sure of them­selves are more likely to see symp­toms of ten­sion (like sweaty palms) as signs that they’re about to fail, which be­comes a self-ful­fill­ing prophecy. Con­fi­dent peo­ple aren’t bogged down by that kind of neg­a­tiv­ity and can reap the ben­e­fits of the stress re­sponse (like sharper think­ing) and per­form bet­ter un­der pres­sure.

“Ge­net­ics ac­count for up to 34 per­cent of con­fi­dence,” An­der­son says—but you con­trol the other two-thirds. How con­fi­dent you feel is based on cal­cu­la­tions your brain makes by weigh­ing fac­tors like past ex­pe­ri­ences against traits like op­ti­mism. Im­prov­ing your con­fi­dence means mas­ter­ing that equa­tion. Th­ese tips will help.

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