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What would make it easy for you to go to the edge to reveal your greatness?
The last post was all about doing something every day that scares you using courage as a starting point. What else could help you get to where you want to go?


“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience which you must stop and look fear in the face…You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Frequently we get to the place of making a decision that can change our life course, can deliver to us the life we want to lead, the promotion we seek, the new career of our dreams and what stops us in our tracks is the fear of the unknown. For just a moment our doubter shows its face and the unconscious belief rears its head and we cave. We end up going back to what we were doing before, to the place of our comfort. The experience seems safe. We rationalize and watch as someone else gets the promotion or the next phone call our friends, peers, or colleagues share news of a goal met. Has this ever happened to you?

Confidence helps you move to the edge. It frees you up to focus on what you want to have happen while totally letting go. I’m talking about unwavering self-confidence. This means belief in you, your passion, and your next steps. If you firmly believe in yourself, your strengths, and your capabilities then it makes it so much easier to get to the edge and leap. Confidence means leaving behind your doubts, your fears, and insecurities and lets you face the unknown. Courageous actions require a confident approach. This means you don’t have to think about the outcomes. You know no matter the outcome you will have arrived at a new inner dimension of your greatness. This action gives you fuel to “risk” again and again.

What if you find yourself at one of these threshold places where you know if you crossed over it would make all the difference in your life? How do you tap into your inner confidence to boldly take this step?

What are some of the confidence builders?

  • Read everything everyone ever wrote about, your performance and your strengths.
  • Write out all your life long accomplishments; include personal, career, and life
  • Call a trusted advisor and ask them to mirror your strengths.
  • Ask yourself what this experience can bring you.

  • Think about your life at age 100 and ask yourself how taking this action made a difference.
  • Write out why you want to do this and then write out the why to the why five levels deep.
  • Write out a vision of what your life will look like by having take this action. Now stand in that end place and feel what it is like to have that promotion, to take a new job, to start your own business, to write the book! Then take bold, courageous action.

I guarantee by the time you do one or two of the things listed above you will discover more confidence than you knew you possessed.

Get off the edge, out of the bleachers and into the game of your life!

Have an awesome day!

By Kathy Holdaway

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Comment by Kathy Holdaway on April 7, 2010 at 8:13pm
That is great news - I am grateful. I have a more extensive piece as a PDF file I would like to add to supplement the article. Soon I will learn how to do that! Thank you for the opportunity to contribute.
Comment by Linda Hertz on April 2, 2010 at 9:34am
I love this new article Kathy! It is so meaningful. Elyse is inviting some of her recent college friends to join because your article speak to people at both ends of the spectrum; early and mid career folks.

Thanks again!


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