Do you know that for eight in ten people, self-image matters more in how they rate their job performance than does their actual job performance?
In fact, for most people studied, they claimed that the first step towards improving their job performance had nothing to do with the job itself, but with improving how they felt about themselves.
Before we continue, let me ask you this: how good are you at your job (or at just anything that you’re doing)? Do you carry out tests or other evaluation measures to assess your performance at a certain task? Surely, there is an objective way to know whether you are good, excellent, or superb at what you do – whether you should consider yourself a success or not.
Actually, people who do not think they are good at what they do – admitting to themselves that they are just the typical kind – are not capable of success and leadership. Some people think others are really better than them, and they do not change their opinion even when they are presented with indicators of success. Instead, their self-doubts overrule evidence to the contrary.
Don’t wait for your next evaluation to change your view on yourself, because you are totally independent from facts; and feelings of confidence actually start with entertaining the thought that you are good enough.
It’s true! Believing and having enough faith in yourself - that you have what it takes to carry out a task - is more important than the actual result of actually carrying out the task. Confidence, believing that you can make something happen, helps you become the better person you are thinking.
A dancer from Springfield, Missouri named Ross can exemplify the importance of confidence. He dreamed of becoming part of Broadway, and eventually achieved his most desired wish. He has one explanation for his surprising success: “I have confidence. If you want to do it, you have to really want it and believe in it. You have to make it happen. You can’t sit back and hope that someone is going to help you along.”
Enough confidence is an essential component of an attractive personality. Authorities like bosses, leaders, teachers, and the likes, prefer working with people who know and believe they can handle a certain task. Somehow, they would like that their work be reduced, rather than increased, so they tend to hire or appoint somebody who appears to be already knowledgeable enough. And with confidence, you will surely get that kind of impression.