Confidence is something we all want, but many of us lack. It’s easy to base our self-worth on what others think of us or what we perceive others think of us. Self-doubt creeps in when we choose to find our identity in the opinions of others and not our intentions.
People who lack confidence are addicted to other people’s approval. When I first started The School of Greatness, I was addicted to reading people’s negative comments about my podcast. I would respond to every negative feedback in an attempt to defend my reputation.
I was driven to be perfect to keep people from critiquing me. I wanted everyone to like me, support what I had to say, and endorse me. It was exhausting. No matter what you do, there will always be someone to put you down. That’s why you have to be the biggest fan of yourself first.
Self-confident people are the people who build a good reputation for themselves. They honor their own word, they celebrate every victory, and their success is based on the intention of their actions rather than the outcome.
For this Five Minute Friday, I want to share a moment from a previous interview with Ed Myllet on how to build that muscle of self-confidence.
Ed started out with the dream of playing professional baseball. But like so many of us, an injury changed his course in life.
Instead, his first job out of college was helping boys at a foster home who came from abused families. It’s here he found his life mission to serve others. He saw in the eyes of these boys that they wanted what everyone wants – to be loved and appreciated. This ended up taking him down the road of servitude later in life.
Today, Ed is one of the premier business leaders, peak performance experts, and motivational speakers in the world. He has a passion for mentoring and coaching others on what it takes to become a champion in all areas of life. Ed Mylett is a global keynote speaker on peak performance and is considered one of the most inspiring speakers of our time.