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Finding your confidence: unlocking the key to success

Theo Paphitis

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Column by Theo Paphitis

When it comes to running a business or trying your hand at something new, sometimes the biggest roadblock on your journey to success can be yourself! So, in the final instalment of my Business Connect Magazine column, I’m going to share some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way that will hopefully give you the confidence to take the plunge and try something new.

Every top-class sportsperson has a built-in fear of failure – that’s often what makes them so good at what they do. The same principle applies to business. To have a chance at finding your confidence and ultimately conquering your fears, you first need to be able to understand them, and you can only do this by asking yourself the right questions…

Most importantly – Who? What? How? Why? When?

These might seem like basic questions, but they are vital elements that need due consideration whenever you are looking to throw your hand at something new, and just by asking yourself simple questions like these, you’ll be well on your way to unlocking your confidence.

Now, you might be thinking ‘Great, but how will asking myself a few questions help me find my confidence?’ Doing your homework, being prepared and challenging yourself with these questions is so powerful, because if you know your subject matter inside out, you can find confidence in the fact that you have the answers. If you’ve got an interview or you’re giving an important presentation, you can find comfort in the knowledge that you know your stuff, and if you’re looking to start a business or try something new you know at the very least you have reduced your risk.

Now, I’m certainly not suggesting that you should proceed to leap into every unknown out there, because that would be daft. But, if you’ve put in the graft, you’re passionate about your craft and your gut is telling you to go for it, as long as you’ve done your homework, then do it! Because if you don’t, someone else will and will take the spoils!

Self-belief and confidence are vital to success, and when you do believe in yourself it does shine through, as a strong belief in yourself can give you the power to push through obstacles and reach new heights when others might give up.

So if you’re on the edge, deciding whether to take the plunge, take reassurance in the fact that you’ve gone the extra mile by putting in the hard work beforehand and just go for it!  In years to come, you could be thanking your lucky stars you did!

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