The key to growing your confidence is developing your competence, and the more you face your challenges, the more your competency builds.
Personal Competence is Like a Muscle.
If you go to the gym for the first time and start lifting weights, what happens? Well, you come out feeling great, but the next morning you can hardly move. You have aches and pains in muscles you didn’t even know you had. It’s like they’re screaming at you to never go to the gym again.
When you put pressure on muscles that are not used to that kind of stress, the result is pain. Here’s the secret though, you have to work through the pain.
Many people are under the impression that if their body is telling them, it’s in pain; this is a signal to stop. While there is some truth to this, it depends on the type and degree, don’t use the slightest bit of pain as an excuse to give up.
You might think you’re heading your body’s message, but you’re really listening to that part of yourself that does not want to be inconvenienced, confronted, and challenged.
Your Subconscious is Crafty.
It will ask you to do something else that is more pleasurable. It’s going to ask you just to lay off anything that may involve discomfort, inconvenience, or sacrifice.
But it turns out that if you want to make the pain go away, you’ve got to back to the gym and lift more weights.
Sure, it feels like hell the next day, but the pain will subside if you keep going. It turns out that the pain is temporary. It’s the small price you pay to achieve higher levels of muscle discipline and strength.
The same goes for your competence. If you only focus on your current level of expertise and knowledge, you’re not going to improve or grow your confidence. You’re not going to be curious about what else is out there. You’re not going to challenge your knowledge. You’re not going to dismantle things and try to put them back together or figure out how to connect the dots and see the bigger picture.
You’re not going to achieve any of those things that will take your knowledge to the next level. The things that will enable you to become a more exceptional expert and authority in your field.
Too often, people think that they can coast or take it easy based on their current level of expertise. They end up shying away from challenges. They focus on the things they know. They focus on the “tried and tested.”
Unfortunately, the more they do this, the less competent they become because the scope of their knowledge degrades over time. Also, if you don’t challenge yourself, chances are you’re not going to figure out better ways to articulate what you already know.
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