From the quietly confident doctor whose advice we rely on, to the
charismatic confidence of an inspiring speaker, self-confident people
have qualities that everyone admires
Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our
lives, yet so many people struggle to find it. Sadly, this can be a
vicious circle: People who lack self-confidence can find it difficult
to become successful.
After all, most people are
reluctant to back a project that's being pitched by someone who was
nervous, fumbling and overly apologetic.
other hand, you might be persuaded by someone who speaks clearly, who
holds his or her head high, who answers questions assuredly, and who
readily admits when he or she does not know something.
people inspire confidence in others: their audience, their peers, their
bosses, their customers, and their friends. And gaining the confidence
of others is one of the key ways in which a self-confident person finds
The good news is that self-confidence
really can be learned and built on. And, whether you’re working on your
own self-confidence or building the confidence of people around you,
it’s well-worth the effort!
So how confident do you seem to others?
level of self-confidence can show in many ways: your behavior, your
body language, how you speak, what you say, and so on. Look at the
following comparisons of common confident behavior with behavior
associated with low self-confidence. Which thoughts or actions do you
recognize in yourself and people around you?