Manufacture Your Day by BEING CONFIDENT AND HUMBLE
Isn’t it true that there are times when we are legends in our own minds?
When this happens to me, I have gotten better at noticing that I am in “legend mode”. My biggest personal “no-no” is to become arrogant and ignorant.
I love that I am confident and that I believe in myself, my skills and my abilities, and I know that I wouldn’t have been able to build my business the way I did if I wouldn’t have had this incredible confidence that was instilled by my parents.
They have always told me how smart, how talented and how beautiful I am. I think this is the biggest gift that you can give to your children as a parent.
When I came home with a bad grade (which actually happened more than once), my mom used to tell me, “The teacher probably didn’t explain it well enough because you are a smart girl. Never let one snapshot of the school year define if you’re smart or not.” Thanks, mom!
The point is that I am not the smartest, not the most beautiful and for sure not the most talented person in the world but I feel great in my own skin. Isn’t this what it is all about?
However, if you didn’t receive the gift of confidence as a child, it is never too late to work on it but that’s a different topic.
Today I want to share my mental strategy for staying humble. Take a look and see if you can apply some of it in your life.
1. Asking for Feedback
I always make sure to ask for feedback in order to discover possible blindspots (things that I don’t know about myself except others tell me). Sometimes it isn’t easy to hear but it always helps me to learn and to grow.
2. Embracing my strengths and admitting my weaknesses
Have you noticed that I do this on my blog all the time? I share my weaknesses. People in my workshops think at times that I have it all figured out but nothing can be further from the truth. I have learned to share my shortcomings and this helps me to correct my behaviours and become a better person.
3. Looking for the best in people
We are so easy to judge. I am working really hard to become less judgmental. A great way of doing this is to accept other people for who they are and look for the best in them. I have learned that if you look for it, you will find it.
4. Playing stupid
This is for sure my favourite one. There are enough people in the world who have to demonstrate that they are the smartest person in the room. I rather “play stupid”. This strategy helps me to tap into a mental state of curiosity. Everyone knows something that I don’t. Do you know how much you learn about people’s ideas and abilities when you ask, “I have absolutely no idea. What do you think? You are the expert at what you do.”
Let’s tap into each other’s brainpower and be confident and humble along the way.
Food for Thought:
How do you make sure to stay humble?
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