Persistence + Courage = CONFIDENCE

Need more confidence? What is it anyway?

It’s a quiet, inner being and a connection to who you are. Confidence comes from stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s having the courage to do and try new things, while expanding yourself in all avenues of your life.

 Confidence is all about growing and moving forward, even if you fall flat on your ass. It’s about getting right back up and trying again and again. Develop your very own inner belief system and let it help you navigate what you want for yourself. Create a list and write down your strengths. Now stand on your own two feet and say to the world here I am! It’s not about getting it right or having to be perfect, but it’s all in the doing! Take action every day, even if you feel you can’t. Move, make one call, and take one step!

 I want to share a personal story with you. I was just 7 years old. My grandpa (who I called poppa) took me to Veto’s Farm in Fairfield, CT where I rode horses. I loved it. I felt so grown up and free. I was good at it and had a lot of confidence on the horse, until one day when I got bucked. I fell into a pile of horse**** and I freaked out. I was hysterically crying and my poppa made me get right back on the horse. He said, “Betsy Sue, we’ll clean you up when we get home, but I need you to get back on this horse Right Now!” I had never heard my poppa yell at me. He was dead serious and I wasn’t happy. I had no choice but to get back on the saddle. I was so smelly, dirty and full of horse****, but I rode around the ring a few times. He later told me that if I hadn’t gotten back on at that moment I might never ride again (talk about “getting back on the horse”).

 So the whole point here is to never give up, even if you land in horseshit. Maybe the next time, you will do something a little differently, or slightly better. But keep trying. That is the key.

 Confidence comes from a deep-seated being within. You begin to know what you want and what makes you happy. Then it’s acting on it that becomes your belief. It comes from building on what you are good at and many times improving upon what you aren’t good at. It is about learning to gain more skills and a sense of how to do something. Practice makes perfect.

 Malcolm Gladwell says, “It’s all in the practice of doing that makes you successful.” It’s allowing yourself to step out of your comfort zone, while pushing yourself and evolving into all that you can be. Persistence is what confidence is all about. If you believe in yourself and trust that what you are doing feels right, well then you are on the right path.

 Confidence is one of the coolest things in life. That is, however, if you don’t abuse it. You want to be confident, not entitled or arrogant.  To really have confidence is living a very humbling existence. Plant seeds, water them and nurture them with love. Let them grow and soon enough you will see the fruits of your labor.

 Step out of your comfort zone and take small action steps. It’s all up to you. You have the control over your life. Believe in yourself and your dreams, and have the courage and the persistence to make it happen. You will stand taller in all of your being and you will feel like the luckiest person in the world. Gaining true confidence is one of the greatest feelings, so go ahead and take the first step!

 Article written by: Betsy Karp

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