After much work producing an exhibit for an upcoming show, the team stood back to admire their hard work. When the company President’s secretary wandered through the area they showed it to her with confidence she would be impressed and express praise. The secretary looked at it and told them it was wonderful, sure to be a hit at the show – it was too bad they misspelled the one word. Seeing the teams expressions, she quickly returned to her own office where she later admitted to me she pulled out a dictionary to make sure she was right.
If you have an idea, opinion or concern, it is your responsibility to voice it – with confidence. If you are hesitant or otherwise sound unsure, people are much less likely to take you seriously and your voice is lost. Fortunately, the secretary had the confidence to speak with assurance and the men heard her. She didn’t let the fact she had no college keep her from correcting the highly educated men in her audience. It wasn’t long before the President came and thanked her for catching the mistake and saving the company much embarrassment.
Confidence is a matter of appreciating the value of your skills and abilities. Appreciating yourself, knowing that you have value and matter, helps you navigate your life more easily. A lack of confidence that leads you to question your abilities makes life more difficult for you and impacts how others see you. It is much easier to have confidence in someone who has self confidence.
Too often people hold back because they lack confidence in their own voices. They might think, “Who am I to …?” or “I must be missing something.” Your thoughts and wisdom are important. You were hired for your job because of what you knew and it doesn’t serve you to hold back. It holds you back instead.
You benefit from having and showing confidence in yourself. Speak your wisdom in that confidence and see what a difference you can make.