Confidence in a Bottle

Confidence is one of those no-doubt-about-it qualities. It’s a good thing no matter how you slice it. It’s the little extra something that gets James Bond out of the most tight of spots, and it’s the same swagger that helps CEOs make it out of multi-million dollar deals alive. But, what is it?

Hopefully confidence is something that we can get, right? If that’s not the case and you don’t currently have it, things look pretty bleak for you. I think to determine whether or not confidence is something we can acquire, I think we ought to first take a closer look as to what it is.

I think there are two general sources of confidence. These can be distilled down to:

  1. Faith– This confidence comes from “acting as if.” The understanding that things will work out because you believe it to be so is

    Soak up the sun.

    manifested as confidence.

  2. “Been there, done that.” – This confidence comes from being in tough spots in the past and simply having had survived is manifested as confidence. Adversity need not be specific, however. James Bond, for example, may have confidence safely exiting a casino of gun wielding henchmen, not because he’s succeeded in the same experience in the past, but his ability to survive a gun fight while skiing down a mountain has some transferability.

Given the above sources of confidence, I think we can extract that confidence is, in fact, attainable. Furthermore, I’d argue that one need not have both origins of confidence to display some level of confidence. However, it seems that those that exude the most remarkable confidence both believe they can perform in the unknown (faith), as well as can rely on a history of success through adversity (“been there done that”).

Given that confidence is often the key that grants us access to courage to explore our goals, dreams, and remarkable life experience, it seems like a worthwhile endeavor. Lacking confidence? Fake it until you make it with unyielding faith, or intentionally take on adversity and when you survive said adversity take note and add it to your bag of confidence, or do both.

Logan Gelbrich

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Tuesday’s Workout:

AMRAP 5
1 min Plank Hold
20 Push Ups
200m Run
Max KB Front Squats

-Rest 1 Min-

AMRAP 5
1 min Plank Hold
20 Push Ups
200m Run
Max KB Front Squats

-Rest 1 Min-

For time:
Run 800m



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