The Art of Confidence

Redefining Definitions

By the end of this post, you should be able to:

  • Understand the full meaning of “art” and “confidence”
  • Grasp the power that lies within words
  • Be able to understand why you struggle with “confidence”
  • Understand how to “build” confidence

The Meaning of Art and Confidence

Art in its simplest form is a form of communication. Because art is an expression or application of a human skill it always means exactly what the artist intends for it to.

The -ist on art means that an artist is a person who practices or is concerned with something, in this case, the art of creating, building, and keeping confidence.

Confidence can be broken down into a word with a suffix added on. Confide and the suffix -ence.

To confide means to place complete and total trust or belief in. Our belief that confiding means that we are telling a high priority secret to a best friend is exactly why so many of us struggle with confidence.

The suffix -ence implies a state of having a particular quality or the action or process of doing something. What does this mean?

To confide in oneself is a constant state of being created by the constant work of art that is the creation and maintenance of confidence. To have COMPLETE trust and belief in one’s SELF and one’s actions or abilities (a WHOLE other topic) is TRUE confidence.

The Actual Power within Words

I watched this whole video kind of disinterested. It had the whole piano thing going and the blind guy asking for money and in general most basic emotional ploys just don’t work with me anymore.

However the end instantly moved ME. The first way the sign was written (let’s forget that he was blind and wrote a sign) I honestly didn’t feel any certain way about. But I was curious about what this woman in black wrote on the sign.

Something that EVERYONE can understand.

The right word, the right phrase, the way it’s said in context with events and experiences can pierce the coldest of hearts. This is important because reaching people is cool, but MOVING people changes things.

You can only use words how they are supposed to be used when you UNDERSTAND the power that lies within each letter of every word. How every letter, word, sound, and phrase work together to deliver harmony to one’s ears, mind, and soul.

Struggling with Confidence

The best part about struggling? We don’t struggle when we understand. We struggle when we have an issue comprehending how something works, naturally.

The constant work of confiding, or placing complete trust in, one’s SELF as an ongoing process of creation IS a struggle for most not because they don’t want to be positive, but because they don’t understand what that means.

You have to get wins or personal, moral victories that resonate in your soul as part of the process of placing complete and total trust in one’s own abilities (again, this is not what we think it is, it’s completely different).

Building Confidence

Fear of change keeps us from moving forward, but building confidence is a state of understanding things will not always go our way, but we MUST keep trying. To improve, one must constantly go beyond comfort.

Comfort comes when things have settled into a place of understanding in our minds and we do them with ease. The things you used to consider hard are now easy. Imagine being able to say that about the things you consider hard now. Fear is what keeps us from trying.

Whenever fear creeps in just go “NAA”:

  • Do things that are NATURAL to your innate talent, find things you like to be productive at, and work at them, keeping track of getting better to build small keystones of confidence
  • Always build on the confidence, stay ACTIVE at the things you are good at, and keep looking for ways to improve in that, while gaining talent in other areas, aiming to NEVER STAY THE SAME
  • ACCEPT the challenge of constant change. It will be hard. You will want to quit and eat a pint of ice cream and watch TV. Do that, but get right back to work.

Attaining a state of confidence means that you will always know that you really can “do anything you put your mind to. Be natural to your SELF, be active at those things, and accept the challenge that comes with change.

Last Words

Break down anything you don’t understand. Break it down until you can see the building blocks and put it back together so that you can understand in a way that makes the action do-able for you.

Confidence is key when you have a goal in mind. If you don’t know if you can do something, chances are you will probably never try once past a certain age.

Use these keys to build confidence for yourself. I’d love to hear from you!

Published by James Taylor

Dedicated to changing the world by changing myself. Actions speak louder than words and the mind is the battlefield through which all wars are won. It cannot happen outside before it happens inside. What you believe, you can achieve.

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