Would you like to be confident? Your answer may be – yes; I do want to be confident. However, this answer lacks impact. It is too generalised. Just like everybody wants to do well in life and be rich, few ever realise this wish. This is because you need to quantify your confidence to get somewhere in life. You need to define the task for which you need to be confident to execute it successfully. A mere wish to be sure won’t take you anywhere. The dream must have a deadline as well!
Self Confidence might mean different things to different people groups. For a child, it might mean being able to recite the poem to her teacher the following day. For a business executive, it might mean being able to present the business report to the Board of Directors. For a salaried person, it may be the ability to be able to make a switch over from his secure job to a new independent venture and so on. These people need certain confidence to execute their respective tasks, which would see them through. Every task requires a minimum level of confidence to be achieved. Do you have a job in your mind to be done? Do you have the necessary level of confidence? Let us check it out!
Following is a simple questionnaire. You have to answer these in a YES or NO.
- Does it happen too often with you that you cannot take a decision all by yourself, and you seem to look for your colleagues, friends, or your spouse to sort the matter for you?
- Do you always seem to be in perpetual need of a support system wherein you can feel secure?
- Do you sit and listen all the time in your office meetings?
- Do you feel difficulty reporting a matter to your boss or have an excellent idea that can improve your company’s efficiency, but you cannot muster enough courage to go and talk about it to your Boss?
- Are you terrified of meeting someone new? Is public speaking your worst nightmare?
- Do you timidly accept orders from your superior even though you know you are already overloaded and need to say no?
- Are you excessively concerned about what other people think of you?
- Do you fear taking risks?
- Do you feel dissatisfied with your appearance?
- Are you uncomfortable in social gatherings – being amongst lots of people?
If you answer these questions with a Yes, you seem to have a confidence crisis that might become an obstacle to successfully executing your tasks. Don’t Panic, as it is good that you found out since now you are aware of a potential problem in your life. Knowing your confidence rating makes you ready to take further action and work towards eliminating the adverse effects of low confidence levels and building your self-confidence.
Here are some more questions you may answer.
- Have you accomplished anything in the past?
- Are you the one to go ahead and break the ice at a new place or wait for someone else to initiate a discussion?
- Do you feel others will respect you?
- Do you think you have the potential to succeed?
- Are you a happy and loving person?
- Are you satisfied with your career graph?
- Are you satisfied with your skills and qualifications?
- Do you feel in control of your life?
- Do you imagine yourself to be more successful five years from now?
- Do you feel that you are a worthwhile person?
You have LOW self-confidence levels if you answer most of these questions with a NO.
However, a YES is never decisive, and a NO is never final. One must constantly maintain the good points and work towards converting bad points into good ones. And the good news is that it is very much possible. It’s vital that you honestly answer the questions above since only when you realise the present status of your self-confidence would you be working towards building self-confidence or maintaining and increasing your current levels.
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