Archive for confidence SmartBlogs

As an FBI agent making an arrest, success wasn’t an option — it was an absolute necessity if I wanted to stay alive. I couldn’t wait for success to show up before I became confident in my abilities. The confidence was there first; the successful arrest came afterwards.

Confidence is a critical building block for a successful career because it is the one mindset that will take you where you want to go.[…] Continue Reading »

More and more studies show that confidence is a critical trait in leaders, a quality that draws people in and adds weight to everything you say. It’s not only important to be right, you must also be confident. Yet sometimes it seems like confidence is either something you have, or something you don’t.

Not so. Confidence is a trait that can be developed.[…] Continue Reading »

You will never read a single line from some of today’s best writers. Instead, you will hear them in a TV program or movie.

A line that has resonated with me is from season six of “Mad Men.” When Pete, distraught about his work circumstance, asked for advice, he received this thought-provoking statement: “I realized I had regrets because I didn’t understand the wellspring of my confidence.” Spurred by that counsel, Pete recognized the importance of his ex-wife and family, reunited with them, and was able to take a risk on a huge career move.[…] Continue Reading »

I was in a talent review meeting recently, and we were discussing the strengths and development needs of a promising young leader. When I asked what the leader’s biggest development need was, the answer was “confidence.”

When faced with a development need, I can usually ad lib a pretty good development plan, but I drew on a blank on this one.[…] Continue Reading »

I’ve been talking to a budding author recently. He’s in his 20s and very likely to land a book deal here soon. He told me he started repeating in the shower every morning, “I’m an expert. I’m an expert. I’m an expert.”

It’s as if he’s trying to catch up mentally with his accomplishment.

The word authority gets a bad rap.[…] Continue Reading »