Many successful people have achieved great things despite dealing with self-doubt and insecurities about their capabilities. That may sound crazy, but it’s true. There’s even a term for it: Imposter Syndrome. So yes, you can do great things without great confidence, but I wouldn’t recommend that and I doubt you would either.
A lack of confidence eats away at you and diminishes your sense of happiness in your efforts and achievements. Not only that, if someone can achieve great things without feeling confident in themselves and their capabilities, how much more could they achieve with greater confidence?
If you want to build your confidence, here are four things confident women know:
Success doesn’t require perfection
Confident women take action long before they have everything figured out. They have an idea and they move on it, knowing they’ll adjust as they go forward. They know if they act now they’ll be enjoying their success while perfectionists are still trying to get it “just right.”
Mistakes aren’t worth agonizing over
Confident women know mistakes are unavoidable and they are willing to own up to them and move on. They’re not flippant about their mistakes—they’re just not willing to allow their mistakes to define them. Their mindset is, “I made a mistake—I’m human.” Their mistakes are learning experiences, not humiliating ones.
Not everyone is going to be happy with you
Confident women don’t have a need for everyone around them to like them, agree with them or even understand them. What they value is respect—and they know they’re worthy of respect. Confident women think, “I’m going to be myself. If that makes you happy, fine. If not, that’s fine as well.”
Confidence isn’t arrogance
Confident women aren’t arrogant—they’re confident. Arrogance assumes you’re superior to others. Confident women don’t get their confidence by tearing others down—they get it from accepting themselves and by operating from their strengths. This allows them to see what others have to offer and to connect with them—a sure sign of confidence.