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Confidence

July 26, 2011

Maybe you have at some point looked at the KC project and asked yourself “Why is she doing this?” If you have, you’re not alone. I ask myself why I’m doing this on a regular basis, and the question is usually followed by a private moment of panic because I can’t answer it. I could list off a couple dozen reasons, all of them factors that motivated the start of the project, but none of them would be the reason. There is no the reason.

I’ve been thinking a lot about confidence in the past couple of days. Confidence is a noun defined as “full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing” or “the quality or state of being certain” (Dictionary.com, Webster’s).

That’s a nice, textbook summary. It doesn’t come close to covering the importance of confidence, though. Where does confidence come from? If it leaves, where does it go?

I’m not now, nor have I ever been a particularly self-confident person. (Don’t mistake that for self-esteem issues — that’s not what I’m talking about.) I think, more accurately, I’ve always had a tendency to take my confidence cues off of other people, things, ideas, whatever. Now that I’ve been sitting down to think about it in depth, that’s a much more fragile approach to being confident. Of course, that’s not to say self-confidence can’t be fragile.

For this project, I can’t afford to do things my normal way. I can’t afford to approach this without self-confidence.

Why am I doing this? Because I can.

There. Cheesy self-confidence mantra established. Now I just have to repeat that to myself a few thousand times.

What do you take confidence in? What hurts your confidence? What increases your confidence? Just curious.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2011 1:38 am

    I am with you V. How many people would be able to put this together? Not many. I am happy you are doing your thing!

    • July 28, 2011 2:45 am

      Thanks, Jason! Still a long way to go on this, and I’m glad you’ll be following along. 😉

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