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Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
-- Leonardo da Vinci


Thursday, January 15, 1998

Creating confidence

When you’ve already been successful at something, it is easy to be confident about it. So one reliable path to confidence is to start with small accomplishments and incrementally build on them. Most people who learn to fly, start with a small, single-engine plane and work their way up to larger, more powerful and more complex aircraft.

Experience is a great confidence builder. Yet in order to grow, you must also be able to act with confidence in new and unfamiliar situations. Many times it is necessary to create your own confidence. How do you do that? Remember that confidence is nothing more than a state of mind. You can completely control your own mind through the thoughts you think and the actions you take.

To be confident, act confidently. Walk confidently. Put a confident look on your face. Talk confidently. Breathe confidently. Confidently look people in the eyes when you talk with them. Stand confidently. It may sound superficial, but try it and you’ll see that it works.

Mentally, go beyond mere belief and KNOW that you can do what needs to be done, that you can handle any situation. Remember that all the things you can now do, you once could not do. Be confident knowing that you learned then, and you can learn again now.

Act confidently, think confidently and you will be confident.

— Ralph Marston

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