Determined to Be

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One of the main reasons why people fail to achieve their goals in life is because of a lack of determination. It is determination that creates the other great cause of achievement which is persistence.

If you want to feel self-confident and you have focused in on that desired state of being you have to be determined that self-confident is the way you are going to feel all of the time. It is no good being determined some of the time and then allowing yourself a day off every now and then. You have to be determined all of the time.

So being determined is a desired state that supports your state of being self-confident. You need both of these states in order to succeed in becoming the self-confient person that you want to be.

In truth, nothing worthwhile in life is ever achieved without determination. I love determined people, those people who are prepared to stand up and fight for what they really want. People who stick to it until they achieve their goals.

How to Build Self-Confidence in a Team


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All leaders who aspire to be outstanding leaders need to know how to build self-confidence in their teams. The reason why this is so important is that when human beings are self-confident they relax, and when we are relaxed we co-ordinte the efforts of all the different parts of our beings with greater efficiency.

An up-tight athlete who bunches up his muscles in order to make a great effort will achieve less than an athlete of equivalent ability and fitness who relaxes before undertaking the same task. It is the same with all human beings. The more we tense ourselves up the less our ability to perform well. This applies just as much to mental tasks as to physical tasks.

To create relaxation in a team the members of the team need to feel confident in their leader and in themselves.

A Chinese proverb says, “the fish dies from its head.” What they mean is that if the head is rotten the rest of the fish will soon die. The same is true of teams, if the leader of the team is not confident the rest of the team will soon lose confidence and thus relaxation and thus performance.

So the way you build self-confidence in a team is to ensure that you, as the team leader, are always confident yourself. Your confidence will always have a powerful effect on the performance of your team.