The happiest people are those that are truly confident in themselves and their abilities. A Huffington Post article states that the individuals who do not rely on the acceptance or approval of others are free. In other words, confident people do not wait to be defined by others. They are in touch with their strengths what they have to offer to society and use this knowledge to create success.
More Important than IQ
Is the most successful person you know the smartest person you know? In most instances the answer is a resounding no. Let’s go back to the informative years to understand why this seems to be the case
According to Inc. Magazine, children with the best “intellectual confidence” have better grades regardless of their individual intelligence or environmental circumstances. In order to understand what “intellectual confidence” is, it’s important to acknowledge that there are many types of intelligence:
- Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
- Emotional Quotient (EQ)
- Moral Quotient (MQ)
- Body Quotient (BQ)
Each of these quotients plays an important role in how to process information and appropriately act upon that information. A person with “intellectual confidence” knows when to invoke a particular quotient in direct relation to the issue at hand. For example, just spewing off facts may not be the best course when speaking to someone who you do not have a relationship with. Or, pitching a high margin business solution may not be morally conscionable when pitching to a non-profit organization.
Confident people know this and believe in themselves to choose the best course of action based upon the facts (IQ), their gut instinct (EQ), repercussions to others (MQ), and how others are physically reacting to it (BQ).
Truly confident people know their strengths and believe in their abilities regardless of what others think or project upon them. However, the truly successful person also knows their weaknesses, so be careful not to clump confidence and arrogance together! Arrogance is the belief that you have all the answers and you can do no wrong. Confidence is the belief that you can do anything you set your mind to, but you also do not know everything there is to know.
5 Ways to Inspire Confidence
To be successful in school or professional situations, it is essential that the confident person also inspires confidence in others. Inspiring confidence from others is the building block for any trusting relationship encompassing friends, family members, spouses, teachers, team members or clients according to Success Magazine.
There are 5 simple ways to inspire confidence:
- Be calm and steady; bring a calm and thoughtful mindset even if the environment is faced-paced and hectic
- Be consistent in your thinking and decision making
- Respect others time; be on-time and mindful of other’s time constraints
- Listen to others with enthusiasm
- Think before you speak; never blurt out the first thing that pops into your head
Need Help Boosting Confidence?
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