Confidence & Self-Belief
A lack of confidence is often a significant obstacle in achieving your desired goals. If you are suffering from a shortage or lack of it altogether, you need to work on the beliefs that are causing you to doubt yourself.
Your past experiences play a huge role in this. Perhaps you tried something new and failed, or your best efforts ended up causing you embarrassment. The pain linked to those memories hinders you from stepping out of your comfort zone today because you are afraid of reliving those discomforts.
Stop doing this!
Cut short any trip down memory lane that magnifies those bad experiences. Talk about them with someone who can help you process those experiences. By doing this, you will get a fresh perspective about what you initially labelled as a failure or an embarrassment.
From there, tell your mind that you want to leave your comfort zone again and that it’s desirable. Condition your mind to perceive risks as pleasurable, and you will slowly untangle yourself from doubt.
Build yourself up with positive words and images daily. Remember that self-belief is about the words you say to yourself. Confidence is about the image you have of yourself. You cannot say that you are confident if you paint pictures of defeat all the time.
Mentally rehearse the big and small leaps you are taking towards your dreams and turn them into reality. It’s by actually moving your feet outside the perimeter of your comfort zone that you begin to live with confidence.
Dale Carnegie said, ‘Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.’
Many clinicians complete courses, yet they still do not have the confidence to practice what they learned. This is why as part of my 5 STEP FULL ARCH MASTERY PROGRAMME I focus on mindset and confidence prior to the theoretical aspect of full arch implant dentistry.
Once you have gone through the appropriate training, read the books, and completed the courses, you have to believe in yourself and commit to the daily application of the knowledge and skills you acquired.
Mohammad Ali believed he was the greatest before the world acknowledged it. He trained hard, of course, but he also had unstoppable self-belief.
So, the next time you tell yourself that you can’t do this or that, stop and think if you are showing the confidence you need to succeed. Anytime the answer is no, you have to work on increasing your confidence.