If you know anyone with low confidence, you’d want them to feel more confident, right?
However, things aren’t always that simple.
Low confidence is a lot like depression. In that it has that one counter-intuitive paradox to it:
Depression and low confidence holds us back. But for that same reason, they can actually feel safe.
Indeed, confidence can be scary!
… Well, actually, it’s not confidence in itself that’s scary. On the contrary, confidence is the antithesis to being scared.
However, if one has low confidence or none at all, the IDEA of having it can sometimes be quite frightening.
Indeed, if you have low confidence, confident people can come off as brash, intimidating, and careless towards other people’s sensitivities.
Therefore, staying in your “safe spaces” can seem all too easily obvious. You don’t speak up; you tend not to disagree; maybe you don’t even get out much.
Ultimately, your low confidence can end up as a sort of trusted companion to you. Because not taking any risks can seem safe and secure.
And — you guessed it — here’s what’s wrong with that…:
Deep down and honestly, beyond all the fear, doubt and superficial comfort, we all know that we want more than that. Some of us might even know that we actually CAN DO better than that.
But taking action can be scary. Because often, we wouldn’t know where to start. Nobody told us. How would we know?
And what if we mess it all up beyond repair?? We could ruin our reputation, right?! And other people would maybe LAUGH at us!!
Here’s what we all need to realize:
The biggest risk is not taking any action at all.
THE BIGGEST RISK IS NOT TAKING ANY ACTION AT ALL.
Only when we’ve made it fully clear to ourselves that our perceived comfort in low confidence is by far the bigger evil can we move towards action.
And the good part is that often, the biggest difference is not what action we take, rather than the fact that we take action in the first place.
See, if we truly wanna get confidence, we gotta start by getting used to taking action. And, popularly speaking, this means, get off your ass and deal with your circumstances.
But no, really: If you don’t take action on your own behalf, who do you expect will do it for you?
Nobody will! Your parents won’t be around forever. And your friends’ support, however generous, only goes so far. Their food budget isn’t yours, and you can’t stay on their couch forever. (Or, indeed, any couch.)
And of course, this only applies to those lucky enough to have parents and supportive friends. Not everyone is.
Whatever’s the case, it really is up to you to take action.
This week, stretch yourself. Challenge yourself in an area of your life where you have particularly low confidence. (And if that’s “all of them”, just pick one.)
If you’re anxious about approaching other people, do it. Ask a stranger for directions anywhere and exchange a few words in the process. If you feel like you could have done a lot better, do it again.
Getting our of our comfort zone is the true killer of low confidence.