Confidence Your Daily Goal
When you have confidence
as a daily resource, you can learn anything, respond to anything, adjust
to anything, and achieve anything.
All Entrepreneurs Share a Common Vision.
Although every entrepreneur is a unique individual with unique talents
and aspirations, there’s one vision all entrepreneurs share: the common
wish to feel totally confident about themselves — and have this feeling
last for their entire lives.
Why Confidence Matters.
Confidence is the electricity of life. A modern home with every gadget
and convenience only works with a supply of electricity to run these
amenities; similarly, your abilities only come alive when you have
Making decisions about the future of your organization, generating new
business, creating new products, services, or processes — all
entrepreneurial activities rely on confidence for their foundation. Only
those who have it can derive satisfaction, meaning, and purpose from
their successes, and are able to transform their failures into lessons
for future improvements.
What Is Confidence?
But what is this thing called “confidence?” Here’s how it’s defined in
the first module of Always Increase Your Confidence™:
The ability to transform fear into focused and relaxed thinking,
communication, and action — with the result that dangers become
opportunities, obstacles become innovations, weaknesses become
advantages, and setbacks become breakthroughs.
This is clearly an extraordinary ability, more important than any other
ability. Having this ability makes almost everything else possible,
doesn’t it? Entrepreneurs who have this central ability as a constant
daily resource can learn anything, respond to anything, adjust to
anything, and achieve anything.
Putting The Most Important Goal First.
Very few entrepreneurs make a central, daily goal of increasing their
confidence. In fact, many put everything but increased confidence down
on their list of daily objectives. By not making confidence itself a
goal, they leave their confidence level largely up to chance and
circumstance. When you focus on constantly protecting and increasing
your confidence, you will find that everything else becomes easier
because you’ve made the foundation for all your other successes more
solid and predictable.
How To Plan For Confidence.
Here’s one strategy for making confidence a regular part of your day:
Instead of planning your days to achieve anything in particular,
organize each day around the central activity of increasing your
This is done simply by asking yourself this question at the end of each
day: “What do I need to do tomorrow to make my confidence even greater
than it is right now?” Then with the answers to this question, construct
your next day’s schedule of activities. Every night the question is
always the same, but the answers continually change. Every day, you can
go through all of your activities with the awareness that you’re doing
everything for the purpose of increasing your confidence. By having this
constant intention and focus, you can achieve an enormous amount. But
achieving a great deal is not the objective; increasing your confidence
is. The achievements are simply strategic byproducts of having a high
level of confidence that’s always increasing.
Making Confidence a Habit.
Using index cards, try this exercise over the next seven days: Write the
question at the top of the card, then write all your answers underneath.
Use the card to guide your daily actions, one card for each day. After a
week, your confidence will be much higher, and you’ll be amazed by how
much you’ve achieved.
© 2007 The Strategic Coach