I have a week long project to do starting today. This morning I decided to shake my perspective a little and be mindful of the things that I need to improve on myself.
Why? I believe that if we stay comfortably still in our current phase, we are not learning but denying ourselves many chances of becoming better than we are. So every week, starting today, I will be focusing in one area and put in conscious effort to improve on that quality. I’m doing this weekly project series as an attempt to make myself better, to make my relationships more fulfilling, to do my task more efficiently and to prepare myself for future challenges. I am 28 years old, entering my second year as a wife, expecting my first baby and might be changing my career soon. If there is a perfect time to re-invent myself that would be now.
The first quality that I want to radiate more is confidence.As I grow older, I’m becoming less of the shy person that I used to be. But still, I’m aware of how self –conscious I am when dealing with new people and situations. Our gestures represent us into the exterior world without us knowing. Meeting a person in the eye while conversing, keeping your head up as you enter a room filled with people, these habits can represent a person positively than if he does otherwise.
I want to stop downgrading myself just to please other people. I realized that there is a difference between playing small and being humble. A person can speak his thoughts, stand up for his rights, share his skills and still be humble. While playing small is never a trait of a confident person. Denying ourselves of the credits we deserve and not sharing our talents for fear of appearing too arrogant are attitudes that are not serving the world in anyway. Confidence and humility can go hand in hand.
This first project requires me to move out of my comfort zone. It will take an extra effort but the rewards will all be worth it. I just remind myself: ten, twenty, thirty years from now, the same attitude will give me the same kind of life.
Self- confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings- Samuel Johnson.