“Once we believe in ourselves,
we can risk curiosity, wonder,
spontaneous delight or any
experience that reveals
the human spirit.”
e. e. cummings
Unfortunately, the concept of knowing and believing in one’s self has become an overexposed talk show mantra. But finding true authenticity and confidence is impossible in front of the television. The only place where these elements can be found is not through external sources, but by taking the dive inward.
When in top form, we can do no wrong, and every sale closed, every meeting attended and every project completed is like finding the sweet spot on a golf ball—the connection is effortless. But if self-doubt creeps in, all of a sudden every connection feels strained and any risk feels too great.
These moments are universal. It is what we do inside of them that determines our future. While it may be a difficult task, asking yourself a few questions can help you to refocus:
• What are your talents and skills?
• What motivates you?
• What in your life gives you a sense of meaning and worth?
• What are the obstacles in your path?
In essence, answering these questions creates a map back to your confidence and self-worth. In business, much effort is spent remembering the details of every name listed in the
rolodex. However, sometimes all it takes to find belief in your skills and purpose, is to remember the details of you.