The Skill of Self Confidence by Dr. Ivan Joseph [VIDEO]

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Believe in yourself!

Self-confidence is one of the most important skills you can have. As Henry Ford put it:

If you think you can do it, or you think you can’t do it, You are right.

As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility?

In Dr. Joseph’s TEDx Talk, he explores the skill of self-confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives.

Without self-confidence we are useless. Self-confidence is the belief that no matter what we can accomplish the task at hand. This self-confidence TED talk shows how this is a skill that can be trained.

Tactics to build self-confidence

Repetition, repetition, repetition. 10,000 hours. The skill we want to be confident in needs to be familiar to us.


Don’t quit.

self-confidence arthur ashe quote

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. ~~Arthur Ashe

Positive self-talk

Change negative self talk. There are enough people beating us up. Get away from the people who tear you down. Focus on positive affirmations. This creates belief in you.

If your self-confidence is on the rock bottom, then you might find it hard to believe in your affirmations.

“I am the best!” might seem like a lie.

Start with baby steps. There are some accomplishments that you have managed over the course of your life. For example, I’m pretty certain you can read. There are a lot of people who can’t read. You have mastered that skill.

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The key to happiness is low expectations.

I’m kidding. But you found this article. Seems you have a goal and that is a step that most people do not take. You are way ahead of them.

Keep going and self-affirming.

Help others

Build up self-confidence in others by focusing on their positive behavior. Catch them when they are good. Don’t beat them down when they make a mistake. Show the instances where everything went well.

self-confidence quote Welch

Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act. ~~Jack Welch

Interpret all feedback as you want it to be. For example, if a girl tells you “I will go on a date with you if you are the last man on Earth.” You interpret it: Great! There’s a chance.

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