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Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle to find it. Sadly, this can be a vicious circle: People who lack self-confidence can find it difficult to become successful. You might be persuaded by someone who speaks clearly, who holds his or her head high, who answers questions assuredly, and who readily admits when he or she does not know something. Self-confident people inspire confidence in others: their audience, their peers, their bosses, their customers, and their friends, and gaining the confidence of others is one of the key ways in which a self-confident person finds success.

Your level of self-confidence can show in many ways: your behavior, your body language, how you speak, what you say, and so on. Look at the following comparisons of common confident behavior with behavior associated with low self-confidence. Which thoughts or actions do you recognize in yourself and people around you?


Low Self-Confidence

Doing what you believe to be right, even if others mock or criticize you for it.

Governing your behavior based on what other people think.

Being willing to take risks and go the extra mile to achieve better things.

Staying in your comfort zone, fearing failure and so avoid taking risks.

Admitting your mistakes, and learning from them.

Working hard to cover up mistakes and hoping that you can fix the problem before anyone notices.

Waiting for others to congratulate you on your accomplishments.

Extolling your own virtues as often as possible to as many people as possible.

Accepting compliments graciously. “Thanks, I really worked hard on that prospectus. I’m pleased you recognize my efforts.”

Dismissing compliments offhandedly. “Oh that prospectus was nothing really, anyone could have done it.”

As you can see from these examples, low self-confidence can be self-destructive, and it often manifests itself as negativity. Self-confident people are generally more positive – they believe in themselves and their abilities, and they also believe in living life to the fullest.

What is Self-Confidence? Two main things contribute to self-confidence: self-efficacy and self-esteem.

We gain a sense of self-efficacy when we see ourselves mastering skills and achieving goals that matter in those skill areas. This is the confidence that, if we learn and work hard in a particular area, we'll succeed; and it's this type of confidence that leads people to accept difficult challenges, and persist in the face of setbacks.

This overlaps with the idea of self-esteem, which is a more general sense that we can cope with what's going on in our lives, and that we have a right to be happy. Partly, this comes from a feeling that the people around us approve us. However, it also comes from the sense that we're competent at what we do, and that we can compete successfully when we put our minds to it. Without this underlying competence, you don't have self-confidence: you have shallow over-confidence, with all of the issues, upset and failure that this brings.

Building Self-Confidence     

Three steps to build self-confidence, for which we’ll use the metaphor of a journey: preparing for your journey; setting out; and accelerating towards success.

Step 1: Preparing for Your Journey

The first step involves getting yourself ready for your journey to self-confidence. You need to take stock of where you are, think about where you want to go, get yourself in the right mindset for your journey, and commit yourself to starting it and staying with it.

In preparing for your journey, do these five things:

  • Look at what you've already achieved.
  • Think about your strengths.
  • Think about what's important to you, and where you want to go.
  • Start managing your mind.
  • And then commit yourself to succes

Step 2: Setting Out

This is where you start, ever so slowly, moving towards your goal. By doing the right things, and starting with small, easy wins, you’ll put yourself on the path to success – and start building the self-confidence that comes with this.

  • Build the knowledge you need to succeed.
  • Focus on the basics.
  • Set small goals and achieve them.
  • Keep managing your mind

Step 3: Accelerating Towards Success

By this stage, you’ll feel your self-confidence is building. You’ll have completed some of the courses you started in step 2, and you’ll have plenty of success to celebrate! This is the time to start stretching yourself. Make the goals a bit bigger and the challenges a bit tougher. Increase the size of your commitment. And extend the skills you’ve proven into new, but closely related arenas.

What's Hot What's Hot

Virender Sehwag Name: Virender Sehwag

Born: October 20, 1978, Delhi, India

Major Team: India, Asia XI, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI, India Blue, Leicestershire, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI

Batting Style: Right-hand bat

Bowling Style: Right-arm off break

Test Debut: South Africa v India at Bloemfontein, Nov 3-6, 2001

ODI Debut: India v Pakistan at Mohali, Apr 1, 1999

T20 Debut: South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006

Text Box: Competition	Test  ODI  FC  LA   Matches	87	229	151	298  Runs scored	7,694	7,555	12,199	9,333  Batting average  53.43	35.3	50.61	34.18  100s/50s	22/27	14/36	36/45	14/53  Top score	319	175	319	175  Balls bowled  3,249	4,230	7,988	5,835  Wickets  39	92	104	138  Bowling average  42.12	40.39	39.83	36.29  5 wickets in innings  1	0	1	0  10 wickets in match	0	n/a	0	n/a  Best bowling	5/104	4/6	5/104	4/6  Catches/stumpings  67/–	84/–	126/–	108/–    Virendra Sehwag mostly called as viru has achieved more than any one at all level of the games. He is the only batsman in Indian cricket history to score triple century in test cricket. He has achieved the feet twice.

The Delhi born cricketer has modelled his playing style on his idol Sachin Tendulkar. In 2004, he became the first Indian batsman to score a triple ton in an innings of a Test match.

He also hit more double century than anyone else Indian cricketers with six double centuries to his name.

In April 2009, Sehwag became the only Indian to be honored as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009.

Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319), which was also the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket (reached 300 off only 278 balls) as well as the fastest 250 by any batsman (in 207 balls against Sri Lanka on 3 December 2009 at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai).

Sehwag also holds the distinction of being one of four batsmen in the world to have ever surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket, and the only one to score two triple centuries and take a five-wicket innings haul.

In March 2009, Sehwag smashed the fastest century ever scored by an Indian in ODI cricket, from 60 balls.

Sehwag was appointed as vice-captain of the Indian team under Rahul Dravid in October 2005 but due to poor form, he was later replaced by V. V. S. Laxman in December 2006 as Test vice-captain. In January 2007, Sehwag was dropped from the ODI team and later from the Test team as well. During his term as vice-captain, Sehwag skippered the team in place of injured Dravid in 2 ODIs and 1 Test.

Following his return to form in 2008 and the retirement of Anil Kumble, Sehwag has been reappointed as the vice-captain for both Tests and ODIs. By early 2009, Sehwag had reestablished himself as one of the best performing batsmen in ODI cricket.

In the ICC World cup 2011, during the first match between India and Bangladesh, Virender Sehwag opened the World Cup in sensational fashion by smashing 175 off just 140 balls to set up India’s comprehensive 87-run win over co-hosts Bangladesh. He blazed his way to the joint fourth highest individual score in World Cup history as India amassed 370 for four, the fourth highest total the competition has seen. His will undoubtedly be the innings for which this match will be remembered.

Personal Life
Sehwag married Aarti Ahlawat in April 2004 under heavy security cover in a widely publicized wedding hosted by Arun Jaitley, the then Union law minister of India, at his residence. The couple has a son, Aryavir, born on 18 October 2007.


Arjuna Award (2002)

Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 2008, 2009

ICC Test Player of the Year 2010

Padma Shree 2010

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