A few weeks ago, while stuffing our faces with overpriced bread pudding, a friend asked for advice on how to handle a professional kerfuffle. “I’m asking you,” she said “because you always seem so confident.”
“Oh! Ha! Well, I’m glad I’ve successfully tricked you into thinking that. Ha!” I wanted to say. But that’s wildly unhelpful so I resisted the urge to brush off the compliment and did my best to answer her question.(For the record, I told her to do this.)
But afterwards, while I continued to wolf down those $11 carbs, I thought about what she’d said. Why did I seem confident to her? Was I confident?
Because no one who has seen me attempt a team sport would call me confident. If you’ve ever watched me try to read a map, you’d never call me confident. And higher math? I am not confident about that. Like at all.
But somewhere around ninth grade – an age when team sports and maps and higher math mattered – I developed a confidence-building technique that I’m apparently still using (and you can use, too)
Maybe I wasn’t great at sports, but I was good with people. Even if I struck out every time, I could still chat happily with my teammates in the outfield and joke around in the dugout.
Maybe it took me a year to learn to drive a stick shift and I haaaated driver’s ed, but I could study and write like whoa and aced the written parts of the class.
This holds true for life outside of high school. If you’re great at something, you’re probably great at that thing in every area of your life – even if you don’t realize it right now.
If you can be great at your job, you can be great at your relationships
If you can be an amazing parent, you can be a great manager
If you can run a marathon, you can build a social circle of amazing friends
Whatever you’re great at, know that you can use that confidence and success anywhere else in your life. If you’re good at this you can totally be great at that.
Where could you borrow confidence and success in your life? For a few years I ‘borrowed’ the confidence I had in my friendships and applied it to my romantic life. What do you do when you need a confidence boost?