Confidence & Strategy: the ultimate guide to winning in life
Confidence & Strategy: Is it enough?
Often I hear people talk about confidence, or swagger, as some call it. Confidence can be defined as belief in one's self or a chosen entity. But self-confidence does not necessarily imply "self-belief" or a belief in one's ability to succeed.
It may be at a particular sport, activity, demeanor, or perception that others have of them. While it is a necessary component for achievement, by itself it is not enough. Recently I was watching an episode of Ninja Warrior.
One of the contestants had incredible athleticism, strength and speed. She looked liked the clear favorite. She lined up, took two steps and immediately fell in the water. I said to myself, it was actually her belief, or shall I say too much of it, that caused the contestant to fail at the first obstacle and the easiest challenge.
Confidence is what says you can do it. It is the engine that attempts the endeavor. But it is not confidence that completes the task. The right strategy is that what allows you to win.
Pop culture speaks a lot about confidence and swagger, but rarely does it dive into the process, strategy, and obstacles in the way of success. I have found in my life that when I was struggling at an activity, rarely was it my confidence that got me through. Often success was found in developing the right strategy.
"Getting it done in the short-range, and delivering a long-range plan, and executing on that." ~ Jack Welch
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