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    I Have Confidence... Or Do I?

    October 26, 2015 Posted by : Tim Hagen
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    How much is too much? And how much is not enough? When it comes to confidence, the balance can be a difficult one to master. We can all think of someone in the office who has an overabundance of confidence, but how frequently does it translate to doing well and achieving their goals? Similarly, there’s always that employee who seems to be a daily miracle that they are still employed. Where do you place yourself on the scale of confidence? This is the usual caveat: It is easy to rate others’ confidence, but difficult to determine your own. So, step one, as with any personal development, is to understand yourself first. Once you understand yourself, you are able to use that knowledge to advance yourself in your career. ultimately boosting confidence or taming it to the perfect degree.


    What is the number one reason people lose or gain confidence? The outcome of a situation, positive or negative. Coming up right behind in close second is the feedback we receive about the outcome, usually from someone in management, sometimes from a peer. We as humans, no matter what we say otherwise, are very dependent on feedback. But what do we do with that feedback? Often times, we listen to the feedback and rarely act on it due to lack of concrete developmental tools that coincide with that feedback. In order to alter our confidence, we must have steps in order to get from point A to point B.


    Underachieving and overachieving are the two sides of the confidence see-saw. Display an over-abundance of confidence and we are left flailing at the top of the see-saw, overestimating our talents and potentially failing or losing balance in our misguided view of the situation at hand. Conversely, refusing to get off the ground on the see-saw we are left stagnant, unwilling to take risks that may help us grow. Discovering the fine line between the two allows us to create an internal balance by taking on projects that challenge us without completely destroying our confidence, and giving our confidence a nudge when we are down.  


    Ultimately, confidence is something that is reliant on intrinsic personal awareness, and is something that no one can give you. The tools can be handed to you, but it is what you do with those tools that results in growth. Our product, Get Your Pulse, is a personal development tool that allows you to gauge your standing on key developmental categories, and along with that feedback, presents valuable tools that can take you from point A to point B with your results. Not only does it give you tools to develop, but it also allows valuable insight as to where you stand with your confidence, giving you a starting point in which to take on those confidence boosting, or taming, adventures.

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    About Author

    Tim Hagen
    Tim Hagen

    Tim Hagen founded Progress Coaching, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. Tim is often a keynote speaker at companies teaching the value of coaching and conversations in the workplace. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges specific to workplace performance. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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