Preparation Increases Confidence
If you’ve read my blog posts, then you’ve heard me preach that it’s no good and pointless to use external things to boost your confidence because they can be taken away and/or backfire.
All your confidence development or boosts need to be internally oriented and one of the best ways to increase your confidence is through preparation. Preparing yourself mentally, emotionally and physically for upcoming events, tasks, tests, meetings, dates, or anything else that comes up is a smart thing to do.
How do you prepare? What goes into becoming/being prepared?
One of the definitions in Webster for preparation is: The action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty.
Preparation is an active process. You can just prepare yourself by mentally walking through what you aim to accomplish, but in most cases it makes sense to go a step further and do a “walk-through”. In the process of preparation the keys are to think through/visualize what you’ll be required to achieve or are facing. What are all the important details or relevant information to help you be successful? What does success entail? Make appropriate to do lists if applicable, conduct research for what you don’t know, get what you need, and rehearse (walk through).
Preparation includes thinking about alternatives solutions by playing out the “what ifs” and possibly creating fallback plans.
Why does preparation lead to having greater confidence in carrying out what you’ve prepared for?
Self-confidence is the belief in your abilities. Preparation is applying your abilities to ready yourself for something. When you prepare yourself, you go through the process of evaluating and determining how your abilities stack up to the task you need to carry out.
If your abilities don’t stack-up quite right; getting prepared affords you the capacity and time to take care of the shortfalls in your abilities.
Preparation (thinking through what you need to accomplish) also allows you to become more familiar with what will be required of you. Preparation addresses unknowns – you feel more confident and comfortable with things you have familiarized yourself with.
In upcoming blog posts, we’ll discuss how self-awareness is tied to the different levels and habits of preparation, whether or not you can over prepare, and getting prepared in a moment’s notice.
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