Taking ownership of your confidence

by | Jan 5, 2018

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!

Try this:

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!

Acknowledging the positive

Beware of your greatest strengths! Shakespeare is quoted as saying “your greatest strength begets your greatest weakness”.   As performers, one of our most valuable strengths is our skill in self-critiquing. We are highly trained in the ability to judge and evaluate...

Discovering whole-body awareness

Reflections from a piano class Invited to explore ListenFeelPlay philosophies in an Auckland University piano class, four talented young pianists and I experimented together, witnessing and demonstrating, on the spot, the power and relevance of whole-body awareness....

Be true to your own creative voice

One of the lessons I have learnt over and over again through my career has been the importance of honouring your own voice, your own perspective and your own self-expression. In order to do this, you must pay close attention to your creative intuition, and have the...

Taking ownership of your confidence

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...

Attitude is everything

"Attitude is everything" It’s a common saying and personally I couldn’t agree more. When it comes to successfully and confidently expressing yourself and having a great time in the process, awareness of your attitude allows for a wealth of opportunities. Do you adopt...

The mind+body connection

Mind+body connection is at the heart of creative ease and flow. As a human being, your mind has the potential to be your greatest asset or greatest downfall, and everything in between. By learning to objectively observe your thoughts, your mental habits, and your...

Clarity of intention

Gaining clarity of intention when creating is vital and liberating. Too often we muddle our way through a learning process without really taking care to ask 'what do I really want?' When we consistently stop and ask a few simple questions about what we really want,...

Objective listening

Over my years as a violinist, I have come to the conclusion that the most powerful way to develop my playing is to pay extraordinary attention to both the intention: what I intend to hear as I play, and the actual: what I actually hear as I play. These may seem to be...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *