I have confidence in sunshine
I have confidence in rain
I have confidence that spring will come again
Besides which you see I have confidence in me!
What does that mean?
It likely means one of two things. First, you might be generally in the middle range of the confidence spectrum regarding a variety of your judgments. Alternatively, you could be high in confidence on some matters but relatively low on others. That is, there are times when you do feel confident about your abilities, or confident about successfully addressing a challenge. But there may be other times when you may be risk-averse, or may choose inaction over action. You may also spend significant time ruminating—a huge confidence killer.
As soon as I got to the last sentence, I knew I was nailed. I am a terrible ruminator, and having just completed the Brene Brown course on whole-hearted living, this is my number one to-do: stop playing the endless negative loop in my mind, the coulda, shoulda, wouldas of every situation.
This is a wonderful book for:
- the person who wants to boost their confidence
- the person who wants to help mentor a person, particularly a female person, and help them gain confidence in their schooling or workplace.
- the person who wants to understand why we are still struggling to have women run for office, assume leadership roles, stay in leadership roles, etc.
I highly recommend this book and will be telling all of my girlfriends and the smart women and men in my life about it!
Some more thoughts on confidence by two woman I greatly admire:
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” ― Virginia Woolf
And in the fake-it-till-you-make-camp (of which I excelled at times...)
How about you? Any struggles with confidence? Have you read this book yet?
Have a great day and stay safe out there!