If you’re feeling confident, it can have a huge impact on the way that you approach and tackle things - from everyday tasks right through to important business decisions. So this week we’re looking at some surprising things about self-confidence that you may not know, including:
Confidence first; success later
Some people believe that confidence can only be achieved or earned after you’ve experienced success. However, as this article from Psychology Today suggests, it may actually be the confidence that needs to come first. Having the initial belief in your venture, preparing yourself for the challenge ahead and being confident to push through your ideas could make you more likely to succeed.
Even if you’re not feeling very confident, just standing in a confident pose could help you start to behave that way, according to this great TED talk about how body language can breed confidence. Check out this article from Forbes magazine for more body language tips.
The “typical” confident entrepreneur is often portrayed as gregarious and extroverted, but many celebrated leaders and thinkers (including Warren Buffet) are actually introverts, and enjoy the benefits of an introspective approach to business. Remember that introverts aren’t shy or lacking in confidence: they just tend to get their energy from self-reflection rather than interacting with others.
You may not think that you are overconfident, but studies show that when it comes to thinking about future success, it’s easy for our brains to be too confident with its predictions. Psychologists refer to it as the Overconfidence Effect, and in the business world it can involve people exaggerating their forecasts, overestimating their own abilities and dismissing potential pitfalls or dangers.
What tips do you use to keep up your confidence? Why not leave a comment or hit us up on twitter to let us know? And have a great weekend!