Tag Archives: Confidence

Can praise be bad as well as good?

business people thumbs up - praise effort not ability

It’s generally well accepted that you should praise people; and that people will perform better if they are regularly praised when they do good things.  The premise is simple: people like being praised, so if you praise them when they do a good job they’ll want to do more good things and thus receive more praise.  Their self-confidence will improve and they’ll be happier.  However, is it that simple?  Or can praising people sometimes be […]

Leaning down the hill

Downhill skier leaning down steep slope

Back when I was a coder, writing software for a big systems house, one of my assignments took me to Switzerland for a year.  I’d originally learnt to ski by going on the odd school skiing trip; however living in Switzerland gave me lots of opportunity to improve. However my progress soon plateaued when I got to the black runs. Standing there on a steep slope looking down, my natural tendency was to lean back […]

Who’s filtering your calls?

business man looking at telephone handset

There are a lot of techniques out there for building self confidence; however the very first step to take is to stop knocking it down.  Let me explain. One weekend, when I was two, I went outside to play after lunch leaving my Dad to finish his; he’d started eating later having been working outside.  A few minutes later my Mum went outside and saw one of the neighbours, silently, but wildly gesticulating and pointing […]

How confident are you? – an alternative perspective

Two hands - one with thumb up and one with thumb down

Self-confidence is an important factor in determining how you think, feel and behave.  Your level of self-confidence largely determines what you make happen in life and what you ultimately achieve, so improving your self-confidence is key to you living life to your full potential. There are a variety of ways to develop self-confidence, such as celebrating your achievements and reminding yourself that although you’re not everything you are going to be, thankfully you’re not what […]