Confidence is one of those things that we hear about all of the time; it’s something that women often want to improve. And, it is essential to improve your self-confidence because it makes you believe in your gifts, abilities, talents and skills, which I refer to as GATS. You’ve been armed with all that you need for success. The challenge is believing that.
Does confidence impact ability?
Let’s set the scene; a professional woman is given a new project in her workplace in which she has to undertake new activities. Her ability to perform these tasks would test her confidence, and the outcome would depend on how she responds and performs in these tasks.
The importance of her mindset will help her overcome any negativity as she tackles the tasks set out before her. If she sets herself up to fail, then the outcome will probably be just that.
By turning the situation around and focusing on what she can accomplish and by adding confidence into the task, even if this is a fake confidence when you talk yourself into believing you can, then the chances are she will achieve the desired result or at the very least she will perform much better. This isn’t just nice sounding encouragement, it’s scientifically proven.
Self-belief is a significant influence in determining the outcome of how this professional woman will perform. If the professional woman is told that men tend to perform much better in these situations than women then her performance is likely to reflect this, however, if this information has been omitted from the start then the results are very different indeed.
Research has shown that men are more confident than women. However, those women that were found to be more confident than men in set tasks were more successful in the long run.
If a woman is put into a situation where she is expected to fail, then her performance will suffer, and the same is said for when she is expected to succeed.
This proves that ability is not the primary factor in performance and it is more so down to our perception of our ability. Of course, having the ability matters but what we do with that ability is determined in our mind, hence why confidence makes the difference. So it’s time to stop wishing and wanting to be more confident.
Now is the time to take steps to improve your confidence so you can better use your ability. Think of the impact that will have on your work, business and even home life. As we refocus for the last leg of 2016, give yourself the edge and develop your self-confidence
If you want to get some feedback on how your confidence is along with some other key attributes for success, take the Attributes to Excel Assessment by clicking here: Attributes to Excel Assessment
Until next time, take care
Jasmine Mbye – The Shine Out Trainer
Specialising in women’s empowerment. Empowering each ambitious women to excel.
A challenging childhood left Jasmine ineffective and blocking her own success.
Embarking on and successfully completing a journey to become her best, resulted in Jasmine creating the Shine Out Method.
Accelerating your journey to true success with real confidence and the right balance you desire so you go from blending and stressing to standing out and shining.
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