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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How To Gain Confidence

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Years ago, I remember watching an X-Games competition for BMX biking where one of the entrants fell within the first few seconds of his performance. I knew from experience he was probably going to fall again. Unfortunately for him, I was right. The problem wasn’t his technique; he was obviously good enough to get into the X-Games in the first place. The problem was simply a case of blown confidence.

Our confidence tends to be compound in nature. Let’s, for example, re-imagine the previous scenario. If the biker had done well in the first few seconds of his run, his confidence would compound positively, earning him even more self-confidence.

So the real question becomes, how can we use our level of confidence to our advantage to help us earn confidence-interest? The real answer is failure. Failure and embarrassment are great motivators for us to work harder for what we want. Although these concepts may cause us to doubt our self worth and esteem, they also help us to realize we never want to feel those emotions again.

So the next time you do a gig, event, or anything else important to you, and it doesn’t work out the way you envisioned, just remember to use the experience to fuel growth and better your skills. As Aaliyah said so well, “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.”

Have any embarrassing music moments? We’d like to hear ‘em.

Keep Rockin'

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