Always do your best………to ensure that you keep on learning, growing, and evolving as a person. Self-confidence is key to our success……the confusion comes because we place our confidence in what we know rather than in who we are. If you are confident in who you are, then you are able to process, accept, and change when new information, or methodologies appear. If your confidence is in your knowledge and past experience then we cling to what we know, defending it, and positioning it as the “only” way. So even when people come into our lives that can help us to evolve with new knowledge we not only reject the knowledge we reject them.
If you are in the habit of declaring “this is the way we do things, and we have been successful” then you are locking in on your knowledge and there will be no room for new information. The masters teach us that the way forward will require different skills, and new technology, and most importantly that the knowledge that got us to where we are, is not the knowledge that will take us to the next level. Fear is at the core of your resistance to new information….and fear if supported will always prevent you from living your best life.
Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. said “Self-confidence is being able and willing to question your own knowledge and beliefs. Many people believe that self-confidence means standing behind your beliefs one hundred percent. If you fail to listen to what else is going on in the world and only rely on what you think you know and believe, you’ve attached yourself to an idea that blinds. This is not confidence; it is stubbornness. We are conditioned to behave in such a way that whenever we encounter a truth that contradicts something we believe, we are quick to either reject it or create a story that protects our belief and further weaves a web of distortion.”