Nothing succeeds like success, right? Sure it doesn't. But did you know that true success comes from confidence and confidence, in turns, comes from success? You can't have one without the other if you think about it. They revolve around each other in the ultimate symbiotic relationship. And what does symbiotic mean in this sense? It is the close physical association that they have with each other.
Confidence definitely precedes success in the order of appearance. That's because the quiet assurance of true confidence, as opposed to mere cockiness, serves to lay the foundation for reaching a goal. In this way, confidence is more of an outward manifestation of an inward persona than it is a pose. Cockiness, on the other hand, is simply on outward shield that masks an inward insecurity.
As a business owner you need to be confident of yourself and your products or services. People react positively to a confident person, especially if that confidence is real and a part of that person's soul. In order to develop this type of true confidence, there are several things that you can do.
First, always remember that confident people are able to take a stand on a issue or a decision not because they think they are right, but because they are not afraid to be wrong. They see a difficult situation as an opportunity for growth. That was a VERY important statement. Once again....they see a difficult situation as an opportunity for growth. Finding the right solution to a problem is more important than being right. Therefore, if they are wrong they will be the first people to admit it and move on.
Secondly, confident people often listen far more than they talk. They are more interested in hearing different information and opinions than they are in broadcasting their own. They are also never afraid to admit failure and ask for help. They know that other people's knowledge is their greatest strength.
And finally, they understand that success is a team sport. They know that any goal is achieved through the efforts of many, not the will of the few. Therefore, they share the spotlight of success and shine it on others far more than they shine it on themselves.
Remember that your personal confidence is required for your professional success!!
Food for thought.... If you're not sure about yourself and your products, then why would the next person be?