“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
Have you ever thought about how to be more confident, wished for more confidence, craved it, obsessed over it? I’m sure we can all agree there have been times in our lives, or maybe you’re facing one right now, where we wished we had just one extra ounce of courage.
Being an entrepreneur and building your own brand takes a lot of confidence. It’s something I’ve learned quite a bit about over the last couple of years and it’s been a journey of ups and downs for sure. I don’t claim to have it all figured out and am definitely not here to say I never lose confidence. However, one thing I do know is that confidence is built from ACTION. We can think about something, all day long, formulate a plan and hypothesize, but true confidence is only birthed after action has taken place.
How do you act if you don’t have confidence to begin with? Won’t it be messy and embarrassing? Probably. The good news is, once you start acting you gain more and more confidence and it gets better and better. You must commit to being bad until you’re good. There’s no easy way around it.
I saw an amazing post on Instagram from a friend of mine in the health and wellness industry who I really admire. A time hop had come up on his Facebook and he reposted on Instagram talking about how people see him as who he is now, very successful leading online training programs, a body builder and having financial and time freedom in his early 30’s. The post showed him carrying 4 bags, a cup of coffee and a bottle of water. He looked tired, worn out and spread too thin. He talked about working two jobs, training clients after one job, getting his MBA and training for a body building competition himself. He had a lot of failures and hard days, but he was willing to do what no one else was at the age of twenty-five: fall down and get back up. Fail quicker and faster and gain more and more confidence. Now you could never picture him NOT being confident. It was a good reminder to me, and I hope to you, that we all have to start somewhere. I guarantee that the person you admire who has all the confidence, was one day standing in your same shoes.
When this realization hit me almost a year ago I wasn’t quite sure what to do, but I wanted to do something, anything, so I decided that I was going to hand out 100 business cards in one week. YES 100! I didn’t quite make it to 100, but I learned more valuable lessons that I could have imagined AND today I’m still reaping the benefits from that week.
Now it’s your turn. What are you going to do about it? Are you going to keep thinking and wishing you had more confidence or are you going to go out and take action?
CAT GOLDEN started Nine Lives Health and Wellness to help others feel like the absolute best version of themselves. She has a background in pediatric nursing and now does her wellness business full time. She does this through working with individuals and groups conducting weight loss programs, help with athletic performance, increased energy and mindset training. She has been a fitness enthusiast for the last decade and believes that where focus goes energy flows. Focus on gratitude and moving your body and watch how your life can change! (You can also see posts from Cat under The Resource Girls)