There is nothing like confidence. Whether it is confidence in your looks or abilities, confidence is a necessary trait to have in your life. If you lack confidence, that opens the gateway for unhealthy situations and activities in a person’s life.
Confidence in your abilities is an absolute must in your professional life. It is also a helpful ally in your personal one. Lacking confidence will set the stage for you to allow yourself into situations that are not good for your mental or emotional health. I have seen it, and I have been there myself. A confidence boost can do wonders for the spirit, soul, and life in general. I made one of the biggest mistakes due to a lack of confidence in my personal life. But I have since bounced back (yes, with a few setbacks) stronger and hopefully with a better understanding of myself and my strengths and weaknesses.
Confidence in your professional life can equal success or failure. I am confident in my skills. However, I wouldn’t say I like to step on people’s toes. What I have learned in my thirty-year career is that you will have to step on some toes. You will have to disagree and make people mad. Sometimes even uncomfortable. It is all in your delivery. However, if you come across as confident, the anger and even uncomfortable feelings can be side-stepped.
Confidence is a great thing. However, this is a line that extends from confidence into arrogance. An arrogant person is often defined as someone who is full of self-worth or self-importance and exhibits that they have a feeling of superiority over others. In case you are wondering, this is not considered to be a good thing. I prefer a confident man, but an arrogant man is a turn-off. The line is not microscopic; however, it is sometimes blurred. Confidence is being self-assured that you are good at what you do, whereas arrogance is having an expectation of success even without preparation. There are people that know they are cute, but there are also those who think their type of “cute” is the only type of “cute” and it supersedes everyone else’s.
Everyone could use a confidence booster at one time or another. It can come in unexpected attention from a potential dating candidate, unplanned recognition in the workplace, even just a very sincere thank you from a friend for being there for them. For me, it can be as simple as putting on some Prince and singing along. Different things work for different people.
I said all that to say, whatever your “it” is, do it and do it as often as necessary to maintain your confidence at a healthy level.