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Confidence Leads to Competence

October 1, 2011

You’ll be surprised by just how capable you are when you assume confidence.


No, this isn’t a fake-it-till-you-make-it scheme. Rather, it’s a mindset that allows you to effectively engage anything you face, whether or not you’ve done it before. Here’s the difference:


Second-Guessing Mindset

“I’m not good at this”

“I wonder if I’m doing this right”

“I don’t know how”

Confident Mindset

“I will act no matter what”

“Nothing is too difficult for me”

“I can handle this”


Change your mindset, and it won’t be long before you notice the difference. Suddenly the task or mission that seemed impossible will be well within your ability. The change won’t be difficult for others to spot either. If you are confident, you will not only be competent, but also be perceived as so.

Notice I didn’t say “act confident.” There should be no acting. Really, there’s no need to. You’re doing this to effect a real transformation in your own mindset, not for the approval of others.

You’ll know when you are “Being” and when you are “acting.” The former is done in self-awareness, while the latter is focused mostly on how others will see you. The good news is that if you put in the real work, the perception part will handle itself.

Confidence is not a goal, but a mindset. You need not focus on ‘becoming’ more confident; instead, change your mind now and BE competent. Trust me, you can handle it.


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