the “C” factor

“Don’t wait until everything is just right.  It will never be perfect.  There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions.  so what.  Get started now.  With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”  Mark Victor Hansen

How often has someone told you that you weren’t the right person to do the job?   Being told you aren’t good enough which may start at a young age and continue on into adulthood may be one of the key factors to having a low self-image.  This low self-image shows up in life as a lack of confidence.  

What is the C factor?   Most people’s confidence is built up when they experience success after success after success.   A student who maintains a straight “A” average will likely believe that they can continue to get “A’s” in other areas of their life.   People who receive low grades are likely to see themselves as unable to perform and this is a belief they carry into all areas of their life.   Confidence is a belief that you can achieve a desired outcome with some level of certainty. The “C” factor is something that many people  would like to have more of.

Because confidence is a belief that is held “inside” of an individual that belief can be changed.  The reality is that confidence is a perception that is based largely on input by others.   There are things that you can do with excellence, those are things that are within your strength zone.   To increase confidence find the areas that you would consider strengths and being building up your strengths.  
1. Create a plan that will use your strengths.
2. Start with small goals at first
3. Evaluate the progress you are making.  Notice what is going well.
4. Create more challenging goal
5. Find someone who can encourage you as you improve.

What is your confidence level?  On a scale of 1-10, 1 = Low, 10 = High, what is your level of confidence.   What would it take to improve it by one.

What areas of your life would you like to be more confident in?   What is stopping you?

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” 
Eleanor Roosevelt

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2 responses to “the “C” factor

  1. It’s important for me to encourage myself, too. If I already feel confident, self encouragement builds upon that confidence. Times in my life when I felt no confidence, a fake it till you make it approached worked for me.

    It’s not merely a matter to have success after success, it’s more important to recognize success in myself! In the past there have been times when I felt only achievement of a very specific result meant success and everything else meant failure. As a recovering perfectionist I am now open to finding the success in every result, because chances are something when right, no matter how small that something.

  2. Absolutely …

    What if there were no such thing as failure? Every attempt at anything you do is an opportunity to learn something. Even if it is something small those are the things that help you grow as an individual. Success may not offer the lessons that missing the mark offers.

    Keep up the encouragement.

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