I used to think of confidence as something you either have or you don’t have, but in fact confidence is something you ‘do’, or more to the point often ‘don’t do’…to varying degrees. Let me explain.
It was somewhat of a lightbulb moment for me when I realised that confidence is something you have to generate for yourself. It is not something that simply appears if you are good enough or simply work hard. Confidence is something you need to actively practise and build constructively into your whole creative process. It is something you have to take ownership of and consciously integrate it into your physical, emotional and mental habits.
Pay attention to your level of confidence, and take charge of it. Be clear what sort of confidence you want to be practising into your process, and keep building it.
The more you ‘practise’ confidence, the more it will be a natural and easy part of your process, and with confidence comes the liberation of your self-expression. So bring it on, I say!
Explore your current level of confidence in your creative pursuit by noticing what level of confidence you create within. Give it a number from 1-10, 1 being low confidence and 10 being high confidence. Don’t just guess at this, really investigate and observe intimately your level of confidence.
Now experiment with consciously generating a different level…try both a lower level of confidence and a higher level – just for the fun of it…and notice what effect it has.
Ask yourself what you noticed, what you learnt…are you able to generate different levels of confidence simply by observing your confidence more intimately?
By doing this exercise, hopefully you will gain some insight into your own ‘ongoing’ level of confidence – the level you ‘practise’ unconsciously every day. With this new insight, you can now choose to develop the level of confidence that you want…be proactive and learn to generate the confidence that is already within you.
Confidence is liberating…pay attention to it, and let it grow and flow!