1. Confidence (Creative Qualities)

November 11, 2019

“The average human has 65,000 thoughts every day and 85 to 90 percent of them are negative things to worry about or fear.”  – Becky Blalock

How do we teach ourselves to be more confident?

I am working on a list of ideas that I want to put to the test this year. Most people who meet me now as an adult believe I am fairly confident. However, I certainly wasn’t very confident as a child. Activities like sport, music and filmmaking brought me out of my shell but in order to refine my own creative skillset and the creative output of my team, fine-tuning is going to be key.

Here are some interesting suggestions I found during my research.

1. Begin at the end.

Identify the end goal and work backwards.

2. Start with gratitude.

Begin the day by thinking about some of the things you have to be grateful for. Most of the 7 billion people in the world do not have the opportunities you do.

3. Step outside your comfort zones.

Do it on a regular basis. If we stay within them, they shrink. It’s usually not as bad as we fear so just act!

Running into oppositionquestions and doubts probably means you are going somewhere. After all, dogs don’t chase parked cars.

4. Get ready to bounce back.

Once we get back up, we have learned something. Baseball players with the biggest home run records also have the biggest strikeout records. Taking more swings gets you where you want to go.

5. Find a mentor.

Whatever you have set out to do, there are likely others who have done it first and can offer you useful advice or at least serve as role models.

6. Choose your companions wisely.

Blalock says, “Your outlook, negative or positive, will be the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

7. Do your homework.

Preparation can help boost your confidence. Practise your speech several times, record yourself. Research people you are meeting. The internet makes it easy.

9. Get plenty of rest and exercise (and nutrition).

Modest exercise three times a week for 20 minutes. It often falls of the list when we’re prioritising but you can’t delegate exercise.

10. Practise breathing.

You control your body.

11. Don’t forget to ask for help.

Don’t assume people know what you want. Once people know what you want, and that you want their help, you may be surprised at how forthcoming they are. Ask for advice. If they say “no”, ask someone else.

So I’ve got 11 things to consider this month. If you are interested in looking at your creative qualities and those of your team, drop me a message or a comment.

Thanks for reading.

Tom Marshall

Creative Director, Captive North