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‘I could understand feeling that nauseous and nervous if I was trying out for the lead in the play, or I was asking out the cutest boy in school, but all I was doing was raising my hand and offering a way to raise money for some new gym equipment,’ sighs Julie. ‘I just sat there, letting Miss Know-It-All get credit for an idea that wasn’t anywhere near as good as mine. I hated myself for a week.’
Leaders have self-confidence. So do great athletes. And probably the friends you admire the most. ‘It’ is self-confidence, the ability to know and accept your strengths and limitations without depending on the opinions of those around you.’ If you think you’re alone in envying those with a ‘Look out world, here I am,’ attitude, take heart. It’s been documented that the two greatest fears we have are not snakes or crime or natural disasters, not getting caught cheating or telling a lie, not getting your period and being totally unprepared, but meeting strangers and standing up to speak in front of a group, and to do this, you need self confidence, which is easier said than done.
For too many of us it’s easier to run a marathon than say something nice about ourselves.
It’s some crazy notion that only stuck up, full of themselves people can find something positive to say. Think of the confident people you know. Isn’t it their self confidence, as much as their ideas and ability, that reassures you they know what they’re doing? For those times the limelight is near and you feel you need a lifeline, try:
Self Confidence Idols:
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