What you can do with a bit of Confidence!
Self-confidence is such a powerful thing.
Actually believing in yourself and your ability to do what you want to do I think this is such a critical element to success.
If you don’t really believe you can do it then I think the chances of you doing it are quite small.
So why are some people confident and others aren’t?
How can you build up your confidence so it helps you reach new heights in your fitness and other areas of your life?
I have a good friend of mine, lets call him Fredrick, and he is a very confident and determined man.
He recently saw a picture of another good friend of mine, lets call him Jim, performing a Fit Ball Squat (that is standing unassisted on a Fit Ball and Squatting up and down, no easy feat).
Of course Fredrick had to now see if he could do a Fit Ball Squat. He tried and tried and tried again until he got it! I’m sure his thoughts were something like this. If Jim can do it, I can do it! When he’d fall off, he’d just get back up and try again. There was no way he even let the thought of defeat enter his mind. He was going to Squat on that Fit Ball and he was going to get it real quick.
Setting goals is a great way to build your confidence.
You need to start with a dream and write your dream down.
If you had no limits what would you do?
Now break it down into smaller goals or stepping stones to those bigger goals.
Now, beware most people overestimate what they can achieve in the short term and underestimate what they can achieve in the long term. Why is this so? Maybe it is due to patience. We tend to want things now and struggle with the idea of putting work into something and having to wait for the rewards.
Setting small short term goals are vital to building your confidence. Lets say you want to run a marathon but it seems just so far out there that you are struggling to make progress towards it. Set yourself the goal to run 5 times this week. The goal is just about consistency. Once you hit the goal you will feel good about yourself and ready to tackle the next goal which you need to set before even hitting your first goal. That goal might be to run 42kms in one week. Hit that goal and then go for your next slightly bigger goal. Before you know it you’ll be getting more and more confident about running that marathon and you’ll be addicted to the awesome feeling of hitting your goals. This confidence will spill over to all other areas of your life as well!
Not being afraid to fail is also a major part of confidence. You need to be a little bit afraid so that you will actually try hard to succeed but not so afraid that you don’t try. If you don’t try you most certainly won’t succeed! But by challenging yourself and giving new things a go you will grow and so will your confidence.
Happy goal building and achieving!
Remember it’s more fun when you are confident!