Confidence. What is confidence? Let’s explore what confidence is, and how we relate to confidence in our individual lives.
To begin, let’s look at some clear definitions of confidence. Dictionary.com, defines confidence as, “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.” PsychologyToday, defines confidence as, “a belief in oneself, the conviction that one has the ability to meet life's challenges and to succeed—and the willingness to act accordingly. Being confident requires a realistic sense of one's capabilities and feeling secure in that knowledge.”
In reference to both definitions, confidence can be summarized as a self-assurance in one’s self, with awareness of their own abilities and knowledge, to take on any task or experience in all aspects of their life. Confidence allows us to move through experiences, take on challenges, and achieve great things with ease because we are aware of our own abilities and knowledge. This awareness allows us to recognize what we are capable of and puts us in a position to acquire more knowledge wherever we need to in order to move through new experiences with more ease, take on challenges, and achieve all that we desire.
Further, this confidence can show up in many forms and can be recognized in many different ways for each individual in each aspect of their life. We will briefly identify how confidence can be experienced as well as ways to recognize when we may be hindering our ability to experience that confidence. CPowell Sports Psychology and Coaching services offer proven, effective, and individualized methods for recognizing this confidence in all aspects of individuals’ and professionals’ lives. As well as identifying ways to reinforce or develop that confidence to support individuals and professionals to move through new experiences, take on any challenges, and achieve all that they desire with more ease, to lead fulfilling and successful lives. Check them out and see what they have to offer:
To reiterate, confidence allows us to take on anything we set our mind to due to our awareness in our abilities and knowledge. Simply stated, this awareness puts us in a position to access whatever applicable knowledge we need to implement in any given situation. Let’s explore a couple different examples.
For example, if an individual were to go to a soccer tournament with a sense of confidence, they will likely experience a feeling of preparedness. They may even feel excited to do what they love and take on the challenges of the day with an open mind, for all that could happen during the game. In other words, they know what they are capable of handling during the tournament and therefore are not concerned and are thus able to experience the love for the game.
To reiterate, when we have confidence, we are able to recall our previous experiences, such as how we have succeeded in the past in order to support us as we take on our challenges in the present. We are in a position to apply a more positive self-consistency theory, in reference to a previous post, that supports us in all areas of our life we apply ourselves to with that awareness. Our confidence allows us to access our abilities that we possess that best support us in any given circumstance.
Another example, of confidence and how it supports us in our lives, is when we engage in a new experience or meet someone new. For instance, when we meet someone new, or are trying something new for the first time, we are in a position to potentially feel a sense of anxiousness or anticipation, for what that experience or interaction might be like. However, with confidence, we can maintain awareness of our skillsets and our knowledge to approach this new experience with a sense of belief that we can handle whatever comes from the moment.
Further, when we maintain that confidence, awareness of our skillsets and knowledge, we are able to keep in mind who we are in relation to that new activity or new person. We can see ourselves as a person that is capable of implementing the knowledge and/or skills we have in any given situation. When we recognize ourselves as the people we individually are, capable, knowledgeable, and skilled. We are in a position to recognize other people as individuals, who are capable, knowledgeable, and skilled. We also are aware to realize that we all might be individually knowledgeable and skilled in different ways and may actually have the opportunity to learn from one another.
In addition, a great quote to reference: "Confidence does not come from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong." -Peter T. McCintyre. Further, to be wrong, is to be in a position to engage with new information and to be that much wiser the next time. The wise man realizes that there is always more to learn. To move with the sense of confidence is key.
In closing, as mentioned, confidence can be summarized as a self-assurance in one’s self, with awareness of one's own abilities and knowledge, to take on any task or experience in all aspects of one's life. Confidence allows us to move through experiences, take on challenges, and achieve great things with ease because we are aware of our own abilities and knowledge. Our goal is to develop and/or reinforce our confidence to lead a more fulfilling and successful life.
CPowell Sports Psychology and Coaching services offer proven, individualized methods for supporting individuals and professionals in identifying their confidence in the different areas of their lives, as well as how to develop and/or reinforce that confidence. Confidence supports a more positive self-consistency theory and allows individuals and professionals to experience a more fulfilling life. Check out the services and see what they have to offer:
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