I’ve had this Arthur Ashe quote in my head since I heard it in the acceptance speech the US football player Michael Sam gave recently, when receiving an award for courage. The quote suggests you can take action right now, if you believe you can.
How can you use the relationship between confidence and action when achieving authenticity?
When is your right time to confidently take the action to experience your life more authentically?
I think authenticity, confidence / courage and action inter-relate. This inter-relationship even came up when friends and I were speaking over Sunday lunch recently about pursuing professional or personal goals.
The view around the lunch table was that confident people take steps to move forward, so that there is more of a smooth flow to their professional and personal lives. We recognised that at times in the past we hadn’t necessarily taken action for a number of reasons, including:
- Competing pressures on our time
- Needing to feel more confident or courageous before we could succeed
- Surrendering to external resistance keeping us from changing
Do any of those factors ring bells with you? The questions below may be helpful if so. This is territory I started to explore in a post I wrote in June 2012. There I was asking about the results you would get if you asked for what you wanted.
Bottom line. You have to feel confident to ask for what you want. In the same way you need confidence to know that you will succeed before you take meaningful action. The outcome of your action – the reward for your courage – is greater authenticity.
3 Questions to inspire you to take personal development action
Here are the 3 questions you might want to work on and use as inspiration tomorrow, when you take action:
- How much better will your life be in 12 months’ time if you start to take action to address your main personal improvement goal tomorrow?
- How much easier will your actions seem if you have the on-going support of your spouse / boss / best friend?
- What will you feel like in 12 months’ time if you have done nothing to tackle the goal you know in your heart is your number 1 priority?
Over to you
By all means have a conversation with family / colleagues / friends about the actions you will take to get what you want. I’d love to hear what you have planned. You can let me know how you get on via the Contact form, or you can find me on Twitter @RogerD_said
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