Do you ever wake up in the morning having a strong positive feeling about yourself? When that happens, it just seems as though most things go your way that day, or you simply do not give much importance to the few things that do not. Unfortunately, there are also days when you wake up feeling less self-assured which could end up marring your entire day.
We experience these different states when we let our emotions dictate our actions. Developing your self-confidence will help you remain in the first state of mind mentioned above. The good news is that there are things you can do to improve your self-confidence, for example, learning from others.
Lessons You Can Learn from Others to Boost Your Self-Confidence
1. Failure can be a great teacher
Failure can be daunting for most people. Something that can devour the little confidence you might have about yourself. It can become so intimidating that it causes people not to take action or not to create goals. However, one thing you will learn from most successful people (e.g., Michael Jordan, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison), is that failure is part of the journey. This means that you need to accept failure as part of life and keep trying.
Once you start seeing failure as a teacher or an opportunity to learn, you will start developing the self-confidence required to carry on. The truth is, you are not really failing if you learn something from your mistakes, and you keep trying. “I have not failed. I have just found 10, 000 ways that just won’t work.” This is what Thomas Edison had to say about failure. Learning from others’ mistakes/failures will also come in handy because “you can’t live long enough to make them yourself.”
2. Education is from the womb to the tomb
Another valuable lesson you will learn from successful people is that learning never ends. As a child, you start learning how to express yourself in a way so other people will understand you. As you grow up, you spend most of your time in school learning, so you can earn a living as an adult.
But your learning does not end there, you still need to constantly gain new skills because the world is ever-changing. That’s probably one of the reasons billionaire Warren Buffett reads so much. This is an important lesson we can all learn from him in order to be more successful.
A belief in continuous learning and striving to learn from others will certainly help boost your self-confidence, as you become more equipped to make good decisions.
3. You are the CEO of your own life
Another important lesson you will learn from successful people is that you are the CEO of your life – you are your own boss and the captain of your ship. It does not matter if you are a secondary school teacher, a dancer, or the owner of a company, every day you make hundreds of decisions about your life. You choose to go to work or not, you choose to exercise or not, you choose to eat healthily or not, you choose to learn from others or not.
We are all responsible for our own lives. No one is going to make you successful until you choose to be. As the CEO of your life, you are responsible for everything that happens to you, good or bad. It is your responsibility to create a vision for your own life based on what matters to you. It is your responsibility to audit your life and make changes where it is required. Once you acknowledge these facts, you will start developing enough self-confidence to make important decisions about your life.
Learning from others, especially from those who have already discovered some of the keys to success, is a great way to improve your self-confidence and the quality of your life.