"I Have Confidence in Me!"

       Sound of Music

      Sound of Music

What will this day be like? 
I wonder.
What will my future be?
I wonder.
It could be so exciting,
To be out in the world,
to be free!
My heart should be wildly rejoicing.
Oh, what's the matter with me?
I've always longed for adventure,
to do the things I've never dared.
Now here I'm facing adventure
then why am I so scared?

How many of you started singing to the words of Julie Andrews in the 1965 film, The Sound of Music when you read the title and the song lyrics?  

While we may not have memorized all the lyrics, we are familiar with that one line in the song.  But can we honestly say with 100% assurance, 

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Do you face challenges with your head held high and a positive attitude like Julie Andrews did at first, but then arrive at the gate completely paralyzed by fear?  Well, I can confidently say, "You're not alone."

Bestselling author Joe Rubino  says that a whopping 85% suffer from low self-esteem.  He says it is the #1 cause for not living your dream life.   I came across a website that offers a list of probing questions you may want to look over.  It might help to see if you fall into the category of one who suffers with low confidence.  

It is disheartening to hear that such a large percentage are not living their dream life.  But low self-confidence and low self-esteem can also have a negative effect on your family and business goals.  If you are a business owner or entrepreneur, your clients come to you because they trust you and believe in the services you provide.  If you were looking to purchase a new home, you would want a realtor that appeared to be confident and knowledgeable in their profession and if they weren't, more than likely you would not choose them to work for you.

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So how do we gain confidence?  Confidence comes from doing the very thing that we are afraid to do, and experiencing positive results along the way. It's about making that decision to "do it" no matter how difficult it is or how scared you may feel.

When your thoughts go in a negative direction, try to catch yourself, and immediately turn it around and say something positive.  Build a new habit that changes the old negativity into a new and positive one.

Be patient with yourself.  Becoming a more self-confident person takes time.  We don't like to get out of our comfort zone because it's where we feel safe, but if we just stay in that safe place we will never grow.  

Since we are a photography studio, it is important for us to make you feel confident in your photos.  The majority of our clients come to us for business headshots,  so we are going to deliver a result that you are proud of.  Regardless of how you feel when you come into the studio , you will walk out loving your images and be confident to share and use them in all your advertising.

There are endless amounts of books, classes, and support groups out there that will help you work towards being a self-confident person.  You won't change just by telling yourself to be more confident, you have to actually do the very thing you don't want to do,  and then you will see change!

Do whatever you can to overcome what is holding you back from living your dream.  There is no better time to start than now.