The Key to Developing Self-Confidence

Catch Them When They’re Good

I think I have found one way to effectively multi-task, despite latest research telling us that multi-tasking doesn’t work and causes the primary task to take up to 25% longer.

I listen to a Ted Talk first thing in the morning …….whilst watering my garden.  I find it a great way to charge my mind for the day ahead with inspiration and energy, plus I get to spend a little nature time checking in with how my garden is growing.

I usually just scroll through a few titles and see what takes my interest – but a good place to start could be here in the most popular talks of all time list 

This morning, I listen to Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph talk about what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In Dr. Joseph’s excellent TEDx Talk, he explores self-confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives.

Of course, the concept of practice, practice, practice resulting in confidence is not new but his persuasive delivery hits home.   I was more struck with his passion about ‘catching them when they were good’ and how this could be implemented by our leaders in their teams.  What would the effect on our organisational cultures be if people regularly and publicly received positive feedback and praise for work done well? What would the effect on the business performance be? What would the effect on our world be?

As one commenter ( is that a word?)  said ‘ If we change the way we interact with each other by pointing out all the good things we all do, that make us who we are, this will revolutionise and alter the world as we know it. Creating a better place for us and the generations to come, to live and be who the Universe really intended us to be’.

It sounds like such a simple concept – let’s do it!

Your thoughts?

Written By Joanna Bryant

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