Why do we need self-confidence?
We face challenges in our everyday lives. No matter who we are, what jobs we do, where we live in, we are faced with difficulties and problems in every moment of our lives.
For example, a student in Primary school (Grade School) faces competition amongst his classmates to excel with flying colours in an examination. When he reaches home, he would have to solve mind-boggling Mathematics homework questions. Confidence would allow the student to trust in himself that he has answered the examination questions correctly to the best of his abilities. Self-confidence would allow the student to be sure that he has done his best to complete his Mathematics homework questions.
Another good example is a concert pianist. The pianist has to perform in front of huge crowds of audience frequently. Also, the virtuosity of the songs that he performs must be high, so as to amaze the audience with his musical skills and techniques. Of course, all performers face a common problem — anxiety and nervousness on stage, also known as “stage-fright”. This is a state whereby the performer, being overwhelmed by his nervousness due to the intense pressure put on him by the audience, forgets what he has to do on stage or makes mistakes in his performance. Hence, in order to overcome this situation of nervousness, the pianist would have to build up his self-confidence so as to trust in his musical capabilities and be sure that he is able to perform to the best of his ability for the audience.
Hence, from the two examples above, we can see the importance of being self-confident in our daily lives.
As we have mentioned earlier, confidence is — a person’s faith and trust in himself and whatever he is doing, regardless of the circumstances. As “Building Confidence For Dummies” (Burton & Platts, 2006) puts it, “confident people are okay with the feeling of not knowing all the answers of a particular job that they are working on”. When a person has faith and trust in himself, he would have the feeling of assurance, that all will be fine.
For example, a teacher must feel confident, so that he is able to stand in front of his class and present what he has to teach to his students. The teacher definitely does not know everything that the academic world has to offer. He does not know exactly how many cells a human has, how many stars there are in the universe, or how deep the Atlantic Ocean is. However, he still feels self-assured that he would be able to teach the lesson he has prepared to his students, and that his lesson would turn out to be fine.
Hence, when a person behaves calmly because he has no doubts about his abilities or knowledge, he is feeling confident.