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Having confidence in yourself opens new possibilities, gives you the courage to take opportunities as they appear, and increases your chances of succeeding at what you want to do. Unfortunately, as we make mistakes and fail at certain things (hey, none of us are perfect) and as other people shame and discourage us, we learn to fear failure, doubt our own abilities, and become constantly discouraged.
How do we gain more confidence? How do we gain the kind of courage that will let us become more successful in life? Here are three ways you can do just that.
First, a MAJOR disclaimer:
Confidence is NOT recklessness. True confidence is backed by knowledge and expertise and is a key to getting good results. Recklessness, on the other hand, comes from a place of ignorance and will usually lead to humiliation and disaster. In real world terms, confidence is the expert who has trained for decades to become a master and avoids trouble (but wins tournaments). Recklessness is the punk who acts tough, harasses people, and then gets
his ass kicked sent to the hospital.