Confidence in One Area Can Carry Over to Another Area
A few years back, I worked with a guy who had a passion for football. He played on his high school football team as a defensive cornerback. He was a good athlete, which he displayed on our company softball team. Although, he had never played softball, or baseball, he quickly took his attributes of strength and speed and developed into a good member of the team.
At our company, he worked as a quality control inspector, but he did have ambitions to go further, however, in spite of the fact that he did an adequate job, he was always tentative about his abilities and about whether or not he was doing things properly.
He did not go to college, so he never had the chance to test his football skills on the next level above high school, although he would liked to have had the opportunity. Short of playing in college, or even possibly in the pros, he decided to try out for a semi-professional football team. A colleague questioned this move. Why would you want to risk getting hurt for something that was not going to be in your professional future.
It was not about his future, nor was it even about football, but rather, it was about confidence. He had to know in his mind, with some proof to validate his thoughts, that he was good enough. Good enough for what? Just good enough.
He made the team and after a few practices he decided to leave the team. Simply making the team gave him the confidence that he was seeking. It validated to him that he was, indeed, good enough.
He eventually, at another company, went on to become the quality manager. The confidence that he received from proving to himself that he was good at football, carried over to his outlook on life in general. He believed that he was capable of being more than a quality inspector and he went out and became more.
Confidence is important not only to ourselves, but to those around us who count on us for our knowledge and experience in professional and in personal settings.
Do you have confidence or is the lack of it holding you back?