Life is so much different when you feel confident.
When you are confident, you don’t hesitate to make decisions.
You don’t go back and forth on your word, exhaust yourself with the pros and cons. Instead, you show up, speak up, and stand up.
If this seems like a distant dream, you’re not alone. I remember when I didn’t have confidence.
I moved to NYC at 23 years old with $500 in my pocket and a beaten up car. I had no job. There was a huge snowstorm going on and I didn’t have a winter coat or boots. I slept on the couch of a childhood friend. I was pretty much at bottom. But something in me – a deep down resilience, made me trudge through the snow, day after day, interview after interview. I waited by the landline each afternoon to see if I’d get a call back (no cellphones then) and I lived on tuna fish and crackers (my money was dwindling fast – and so was the free couch invite).
I had a lot of free time between snowstorms and interviews, so I started to go for jogs in Central Park. I jogged every day right after interviews and before expected callbacks (snow or no snow). I lost 10 pounds. I felt better about myself. I accepted my situation as just one more step along my path and told myself that I would look back on this time with pride. I got confident. The rest is history.
I got into television, investment banking, strategic consulting and executive management strategy. I became the work happiness expert and I wrote books and articles (still do). I help thousands of people find meaning in their work and lives and I help many companies create engaging cultures where employees want to work. I am on TV, radio and podcasts regularly. I love my life.
And you can too!
There are so many people out there with the strength and heart to change the world … but they’re hiding out and playing small because they lack confidence.
That’s why I was so grateful when my friend Caroline Garnet McGraw invited me to be a part of a new video interview series about this topic.
It’s called The Confidence Course: How to Defeat Self-Doubt, Trade Perfectionism for Possibility, and Live Your Dreams.
I’m honored to be one of 30+ speakers in this series, and I invite you to attend this high-caliber online event for free. Register using this link: A WISH COME CLEAR.
This series is for you if – truth-time! – you’re waiting for permission, worrying that you’re not good enough, and not contributing your gifts to the world.
In The Confidence Course, you’ll learn from the best, including Olympic Gold medalist Samantha Arsenault Livingstone, #1 New York Times bestselling author and TED speaker Adam Grant, double platinum, ARIA award-winning musician Ben Lee, and many more luminaries.
The talks will shift your mindset, give you practical strategies, and empower you to bring your truest self to the table.
The series goes live on Monday, January 29th; don’t miss out! I wish I’d had this series when I was at the bottom of my barrel.
Here’s to your confidence. See you there!
All the best,