How 20 Seconds Of Confidence Can Get You Through All Your Business Challenges

Confidence…..

We all know what that means but do you know the impact it can have on your life if you just take a deep breath and have confidence?

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On the plane about to watch movies for 14 hours!

On the plane ride home I was watching “We Bought A Zoo”  (Great movie by the way) and Matt Damon’s character gives this advice to his son who wanted to approach a girl…. All you need is 20 seconds of guts. So muster it all up and go for it. You just need 20 seconds.

Well it is true!  In our lives. In our businesses. Here is another story….

After dating for (Oh Gosh) like ten years and striking out again and again., I could have lost my confidence in myself, my appearance, the ability to date. But I didn’t. And I met my soul mate!

After going out for only 7 months, I could have gotten scared and waited longer before getting engaged, but I was confident in our relationship and that led to our marriage. Our TWO marriages one in Az and in Europe!

I was scared to go to a foreign country where I really didn’t speak the language (but learning) and get married again, travel the country, and go in and out of countless homes just sitting that frustrated that I didn’t understand much of what was being said…  I was worried that they would think I was foolish because I didn’t understand or I would act in the wrong way. Courage got me through it and helped bridge that (what turned out to be) not so big gap of understanding. You would be surprised how much you can get away with non verbal communication.

Fog canceled our flight from Macedonia to Rome and we wouldn’t have been able to get there (for our honeymoon) for two

The Coliseum

The Coliseum

days.  It took confidence in my husband that he rearranged everything, and even though it wasn’t a journey I would have necessarily planned, he still got us there. It was operation VIVA ITALA!! (More about this adventure in another blog)

You see, sometimes courage doesn’t even need to be in ourselves, but sometimes others. It is ok to trust. It is ok to fail. It is ok to do trial and error. The common theme in all these examples are you are moving forward!

What sparked this topic was an event that happened this week after I returned from my trip. I am on a hiring blitz, ready to pound the pavement, post on craigslist, and talk to everyone I know… But after I was coming out of one pet store I was feeling a tiny bit defeated.  I was thinking to myself, yikes! If I had a bad attitude about doing this and I didn’t have the courage to say YES this whole process would be a lot worse. I started reminding myself that I needed to fake it till I made it.

I started reminding myself that courage is contagious and if I didn’t believe in myself, then why would they believe in my company or hang my fliers?

It got me thinking, and I wanted to let you know that confidence is everything. Even if you don’t think you have it. You don’t want to have it. You don’t know how to get it. You just need to fake it till you make it! Trust me.

Tell me about you: 
When did you have courage about something in your business or personal life, how would it change you? Tell me about a time or a current situation that confidence was needed when it wasn’t so easy for you to do. By sharing your story, you will help inspire others! (aka give them the confidence!)

 

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6 replies
  1. Beth Green
    Beth Green says:

    Believing in myself gave me the confidence I needed to start my own philanthropic effort “My Dog Eats First”. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do forever and just didn’t have the confidence in myself to do it until I was approached by a member of the homeless community who knew homeless men and women who had pets that they loved and needed food for them because they were feeding their pets THEIR food…before they even ate themselves! Soo…..exciting time. I have Jake Van Ness working on a logo and Josh Cary looking at my website to clean it up. I’ve got a SUV full of donated dog and cat food and I’m going to be in our downtown area every Wednesday night now to help. Can’t WAIT to blog about it!

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  2. Doug
    Doug says:

    Hi Bella,
    The thing I find amazing is that you are able to take a vacation to Rome!
    I am lucky to take a weekend off and without interruption.
    Have five employees as well and still not able to take a quality vacation.

    Please let us know how you can run a great business and be able to get away.
    That is the part of this article that I am fascinated with!

    Congrats on your success!

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  3. Leah
    Leah says:

    Bella,

    I could have written this my self (different situations of course). Thank you for everything that you put out into the world. You inspire me to keep going!

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