Confidence seems to be something that many want, and few truly have.
In an article on forbes.com titled “Use It Or Lose It: The Science Behind Self-Confidence”, author Margie Warrell wrote, “often people think of confidence as something that the lucky few are born with and the rest are left wishing for it.”
Confidence is not something we’re born with; it’s the result of our thoughts and actions. Warrell writes, “It is not based on your actual ability to succeed at a task but your belief in your ability to succeed.”
It has been said that the beliefs we hold – whether true or not – direct our actions and shape our lives. Luckily new research into neural plasticity reveals that we can literally rewire our brains to alter our thoughts and behaviors at any age. So no matter how timid or doubtful you are, building self-confidence is largely by choice.
It’s human for our confidence to grow and diminish throughout our entire lives; however, it’s heightened when we have positive experiences. It falls short, however, when we’re criticized, rejected or simply feel a lack of external recognition.