Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Courageously Confident

The purpose of the 7 Daily Nuggets is to teach us what we need to know to live a prosperous life; the things that we may not have learned or are not currently learning in church, school, home or at work. Let’s apply what we learn here and share these nuggets with others. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Do you have the courage to build your confidence?

Confidence is belief in yourself, in people around you, in accomplishing what you need to accomplish.

Confident leaders built confidence by taking courageous actions to achieve the right results to build their confidence. Confidence uplifts those around you to act despite their fears.

How does one go about building confidence? Here are 7 ways to do it.

1.      Read histories of courageous people. Learn how others have mustered the courage to take actions despite their fears. Learning from others is a faster way to learn.

2.      Write down your courageous actions. Take a few minutes and write down the times in your life when you took courageous actions; your victory log. We all have done it before. When you stood apart from the crowd and did something that later you felt glad you did even dough you were afraid of doing. Remember the time you faced that school bully to protect your friend?

3.      Find your purpose. Have the courage to live your purpose. Don’t use your handicaps as an excuse but use them for your purpose. It takes courage to dream and act on your convictions to achieve your dreams.

4.      Develop the mental toughness. Prepare yourself mentally ahead of time for the moments when you need to demonstrate courage. Moments will come in life when you will need to step up and be courageous.

5.      Take courageous actions. Making a decision and acting on the decisions are two different things. Courageous actions will raise your self-esteem, self-image, and self-worth.  Like all great actions, courage is learned through preparations. Be prepared!

6.      Have the courage to face the results from of your actions. The quality of decisions and actions determines the qualities of our results. It takes courage to face the mistakes we make and learn from them. Lessons are repeated until lessons are learned. Don’t waste any mistake or failure; learn the lessons in them.

7.    Take time to face the results and reflect on the experience. Internalize and store the memories. Raise your competence is learned through repetition until it becomes second nature. Competence leads to courage.

Competence leads to courage and courage leads to confidence!

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

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