Competence Builds Confidence
Be it transforming your physique or building a business, the start is always rocky.
Our mind is filled with doubt, we're uncertain if we have the will, the skill, the ability necessary to get it done.
Even if there's glaring evidence from past endeavors that we do we often don't see it...
This is known as 'impostor syndrome'... it's our failure to internalize our ability and our previous accomplishments to draw reference points to our ability.
You can sit on the sidelines and war-game all you wish but at the end of the day you must pull the trigger and do the damn thing.
That's the only way you'll gain confidence.
You Must Build Competence
Gain experience in the situation or endeavor and watch your confidence rise!
Every professional boxer felt uncomfortable merely stepping in a boxing ring in the beginning, let alone going 12 hard rounds against an adversary that's attempting to take their head off with every slashing blow...
Their confidence came via their competence.
Take this professional combat athlete and sit them in the board room of a Fortune 500 company - you'll find that they're back to square one. Feeling uncomfortable - but this time in the ring of business... a different form of combat.
Once again, this is due to their lack of experience and skill.
The only way to get it is to throw yourself into the situation and learn.
Whatever your goal is, you must throw yourself in.
Disregard impostor syndrome.
The more time you spend immersed in it the quicker you'll gain competence.
With competence comes confidence.