10 Nov Five Strategies to Building Confidence (part 1)
Have you ever noticed what a leech we can be when we are feeling in the pit? When our self-confidence is low, we often look to others for affirmation, strength and building up. We all experience highs and lows through what we are doing and even the best of the best have low days when their confidence wavers. The question of impact and how successful we will be depends on how we handle these lows. Often people fall in the trap of needing to get the boost from others around us. When others are too busy, don’t get it or worse, say something insensitive or critical; we can get even more discouraged.
Here is the trick. Shift your mindset to a bigger picture. In the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, the first line is, “It’s not about you.” When we are focused on ourselves we are limited to what is inside us. The point in Warren’s book is we are here on earth for God’s purpose, a GREATER purpose than ourselves. As we think about others, serving others and living for the purpose in which we were born, there is a much greater fulfillment than when we are simply focused on ourselves. The result is we have an expanded perspective and a great richness for life, people and the opportunities of each day. This then becomes a motivator… ‘I AM HERE for a reason and I better get to work! I have no reason to feel negative or bad about myself! THE PRESENT IS PERFECT! I am going to live for what I have been called to do!’ When we focus on that and use our gifts and talents to serve others our energy shifts and our slumps disappear.