Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’ve been trying to do more and more “professional development” activities—listening to podcasts and reading books, mostly at the moment. I was listening to the Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast on my way to work the other day and the episode I was listening to really got me thinking about how having a confident mindset can change how others perceive you, and maybe even how you perceive yourself.
The interviewee on the podcast, Sharí Alexander, was talking about being confident about what she said helped her tremendously as she was putting together ideas for the book she’s writing. She was able to network with important sources she interviewed, for example, by confidently telling people that she was writing a book on her chosen topic, even though she hasn’t actually started writing the book.
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Ms. Alexander went on to talk about how you really have to be confident about presenting yourself, especially if you don’t quite feel like an expert. If people sense you’re hesitant, they won’t believe you when you say that you know a lot about a topic. You have to get over the fear that someone else might know more than you and embrace the great things you have to offer.
I started to really think about how I could apply this message to my own life. For example, I don’t really talk about my blog to many people in my real life. In my mind, I thought people would immediately think I was being self-indulgent by having a blog, not understanding that I work very hard to provide helpful content to my readers.
Over the past few months I’ve gotten better about it, and I’ve been more confident when talking about my blog to other people. Not only have I discovered that a LOT of people have secret blogs, but I’ve started to get very positive feedback from people I interact with who hop on over to read my posts. When I own what I’m doing, it encourages people to take what I do more seriously.
I’m going to continue working on being more confident about the things I do. I’m going to own my work and be proud of it. No more listening to the little voice in my head that says I’m not enough.
Do you struggle with confidence?
Do you listen to any podcasts?