Building Self Confidence through being Uncomfortable
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela
Over the last fortnight I have participated in a number of activities that I was not fully looking forward to. The first was the adventurous training in the Blue Mountains and the second was the parade last weekend. Though I do not have anything in particular against each of these activities, they both challenged me in a different ways.
The adventurous training in the Blue Mountains challenged my fitness levels, but more importantly challenged my fear of heights. On the Friday morning as we sat at the lookout before the big abseil I wanted to do anything but think about the drop I was about to go over. Waiting can sometimes be the worst part. In addition as I am in a leadership role I have to hold it all together. However in the end it was a great experience and the views were amazing…. plus as an added bonus I feel more self confident.
The other activity that challenged me this last fortnight was a parade we did in the Army. It involved three units. I am not the best at drill….. No. that is an understatement…. I am terrible at drill. Therefore I was not looking forward to the parade. Particular as I had to do sword drill. The last time I did sword drill was over a decade ago. I have a good Recon Officer who the week prior had us practicing sword drill which definitely helped. After some further practice on the day we did the parade and it went well. Again it was a boast of self confidence to have done the parade and not found a way to get out of it.
For both of these activities I could have found a reason to get out of them. However comfortable they both were, it was far better to actually do the activities. It certainly built self-confidence in myself and also was a lot of fun. In approaching these activities with the right mindset and also with practice and preparation I am more confident to take on the next challenge.
- What is it that your are fearful of?
- How do you overcome this fear?
- Do you regularly challenge yourself?