Are you like me? Think about the last time you bought a product or service that cost over $100 (at a brick and mortar store), did the sales person who sold it to you have confidence? I’d be willing to bet you $100 they did, or you probably wouldn’t have bought it. I recently went to the store of a well-known manufacturer of digital watches. My sales person was confident in her product and herself.  Selling since I was nine years old, I was able to recognize her transferring her confidence to me, as She took the time and concern to explain many features and benefits to me.  But more importantly, she asked me questions to find out what my needs were, not just the corporate speak I overheard some of the other salespeople saying. Her sales confidence was clearly on display and I loved it. She made it effortless for me to make the decision to buy now!  And I did.

How is confidence the key to your success? It is because it gives you the power to act in a way that pushes boundaries either you have previously created or have been created for you; either by an employer, friend, business associate or the culture you were brought up in or are living in now?

Confidence gives you the power to act differently than many others around you.  It is developed with a recipe of ingredients. By itself, each ingredient is important to have for success. BUT when combined, they create a synergy (greater than the sum of the individual parts), which is essential in achieving the outcome you want.

If you wanted to make pancakes, your recipe would be 8 ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs and oil. Separately, they all have value.  BUT when combined properly the outcome is amazing … and tasty as well.

My recipe for Confidence consists of this batch of ingredients which when combined are greater than the sum of their individual parts. My BATCH recipe’s five ingredients: Belief, Attitude, Trust, Courage, Hope. B-A-T-C-H Let’s take a quick look at each one of these ingredients as it applies to the success of some very famous people, present and past through quotes for which they are famous.

Belief

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon. Franklin D. Roosevelt 

Everybody has that in their life, people who doubt them or make them feel less than they are. It just takes faith and belief in yourself, and you’ve got to dig deep into that. That has to come from you – nobody’s going to give you that. Jennifer Lopez 

Attitude

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. Brian Tracy

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. Og Mandino 

Trust

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.   Golda Meir

What I’ve learned in these 11 years is you just got to stay focused and believe in yourself and trust your own ability and judgment. Mark Cuban 

Courage

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. Mary Tyler Moore 

Hope

Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning. Barbara Kingsolver

Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have. Ed Bradley

YOU MUST, as they did, HAVE ALL 5 INGREDIENTS working together. Each one of these ingredients have great meaning and strength, BUT when combined, they launch you in the direction of GREAT CONFIDENCE. 

I personally take an Ingredients Inventory 4 times a year. Maybe you could do that?

I assess which ingredients I am stronger and weaker in.

Then I build on my stronger ones and continue to push myself to grow in my weaker ones.

Here’s to your success and Live with Confidence.