How to build the self-confidence skill

Sunday, June 16, 2013 5:56

A high degree of self-confidence is certainly one of the key mantras for success in almost any walk of life. It is quite common to think that self-confidence is an inherent trait in a person. One either has self-confidence or doesn’t. However, that isn’t true- self-confidence is a skill that can be learnt, says Dr.Ivan Joseph. All it takes is practice, practice and more practice.

In this inspirational talk at a TED event, former soccer coach with a Ph.D in sports psychology starts by talking of how he looked for prospective soccer players on the basis of their attitude and not on skill. Self-confidence manifests itself in many ways in the attitude displayed by a person. Dr.Joseph talks of two methods to build the skill of self-confidence: practice being confident.

Just as Malcolm Gladwell talks about the 10,000-hour rule for success in his book, Outliers, Dr.Joseph says that by continuous practice builds up confidence. The second tip he says is to cut out all the negative self-talk that each one of us is so prone to giving very often. He urges listeners to believe in themselves, to look for positives with hope and belief and to celebrate successes. Make sure that you have positive self-affirmations– as you constantly reaffirm positive thoughts about yourself, you will experience growing levels of self-confidence, is the message of the talk.

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