Nervous and Confident?

I was waiting on a call from a prospective Client. As I sat there waiting, she was delayed at a prior meeting, I realized I was nervous; not a lot – just some.

My first internal response was to criticize my nervousness. After all, I’m the guy who is all about confidence. Quickly searching for self-encouragement, I landed on “nervous and confident are compatible.” I do believe this is true as long as my nervousness doesn’t impede my performance.

But now I have to ask, “What caused my nervousness?” Was it self-doubt? Was it fear – that I might not appear competent? A yes to either of these questions would surely not be in line with confident behavior.

And suddenly I’m reminded of a great truth about confidence:
“Realize it’s not how you feel that determines how you act, rather how you act determines how you feel.” – unknown

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About Jeff Brunson

In this whirling 21st Century the individual needs to embrace the authentic self and confidently leverage the energy and power found there. As we entered the 21st Century, I became more concerned about what leaders like you needed for successful influence and personal fulfillment. As we move deeper into this challenging 21st Century, I’m more convinced than ever that the core of my work is in helping individual leaders remember who they are − a trueness. It is about confidence found in your authenticity.

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