This book is an excellent resource for facing one of the greatest obstacles we all know: CONFIDENCE. “Building Confidence” is written with skill, empathy and well-researched so that, by the time we are finished, you’ll be well on your way to thinking with a more superior mindset. Chock full of action steps and a step-by-step guide, Barrie Davenport delivers by providing material to overcome obstacles, inhibitions and lead a more confidence life by doing the things you are afraid of.
Barrie starts off in chapter 1 introducing us to the traits of confidence people; these are the top traits that we can have if we apply the action steps and follow the advice in this book. Does your DNA have anything to do with self-confidence? Check it out in chapter 2 where we can also take a free personality test at the end of the chapter. In chapter 3, by acting with confidence through taking action, we can become confident.
What are the barriers to confidence? In chapter 4 we learn that they are: Fear, Worry and Overthinking, Procrastination, Indecision and Doubt. This is a great chapter because it makes us aware of the barriers that are there working against our confidence in the “background” while we are busy doing other things.
Limiting beliefs play a massive role when it comes to confidence. In chapter 4 we learn about the power our limiting beliefs have and how they are formed in early childhood/adolescet years. By understanding this concept, we can take action now to recover from the words and thoughts that corrupted our confidence as young people. Perfection, beauty and appearance affects confidence to a large degree, not just in women but men as well. The positive image we create for ourselves has a direct relationship with perfection. As Barrie points out, by creating a positive image for yourself, you can boost your confidence significantly.
Chapter 7 is a great piece of material. The author talks about people pleasing and how, even though we may have good intentions, it is damaging to our self-esteem and confidence when we do it to gain approval and to be liked. While we may “feel” confident, it is actually a practice that destroys confidence over time. As she points out, in such cases we may minimize our own sense of self worth just to feel okay about ourselves.
In Chapter 8, we learn about the confidence myths that are keeping us stuck. Without an awareness of what is holding you back, you’ll be swimming against the “current of life” and wondering why everything is so difficult. Barrie provides action steps for busting these myths we have about ourselves.
Chapter 9 deals with social awkwardness and how we can overcome shyness to live more confidently. We can often feel ashamed or rejected in social situations. But here, Barrie provides a unique perspective and tip on how to overcome that awkwardness. Chapter 10 is about your POS [Personal Operating System] and how we can implement this to create a list of our top core values. When you understand and can identify your values, you can create change in your life.
The other chapters cover great subjects such as:
— becoming more confident with body language
— raising your emotional EQ for better relationships
— how confidence impacts your income and work
— making confident decisions
— make your life’s mission a mission of building confidence.
The Bottom Line:
Building Confidence is a practical, intuitive, well-researched and action-tasked book that definitely should be added to your library for building confidence, overcoming social awkwardness and forging better relationships; and, throwing your limitations aside so you can live a more limitless lifestyle. I was seeing positive results before I was halfway through the book.
Is your lack of confidence making life pass you by? Stuck in low self-esteem, paralyzed by self-doubt, and not living up to your full potential?
Want to feel completely at ease with yourself and your capacity for success in work and life? Right now, you might know exactly what you want for your life, the goals you want to achieve, the people you want to meet, the skills you want to learn. You have the intelligence and know-how to improve your life. But there’s one thing missing — confidence. Without self-confidence in yourself and your abilities, you remain stuck in fear and self-doubt, even as you long for change. But there is a solution. You don’t have a life sentence of low confidence.
You CAN learn the proven skills of confidence, even if you've struggled with low confidence your whole life.
Determine + Deconstruct + Develop = A Self-Confident New You
The first step toward confidence is to determine exactly where you’re missing it and the beliefs and behaviors holding you back. Next you need to deconstruct old ways of thinking and patterns that keep you bound to the status quo and prevent you from taking confident action. Finally, you need to develop new mindsets and skills to practice regularly in order to rebuild your confidence muscle and help you develop into the self-assured, pro-active, confident person you want to be. As you practice new thoughts and behaviors, you’re actually creating new neural pathways in your brain, supporting your real-world efforts.
Buff It Up: How Confidence Can Change Your Life
Whether you’re lacking confidence in general, or simply need support in a particular area, the techniques taught in Building Confidence can improve your entire life. Confidence is such an important factor that it’s been proven to increase one's yearly salary by thousands of dollars, improve your relationships, and supercharge your career trajectory. By committing to a confidence buff up, you’re taking control of your destiny and positioning yourself for personal and professional success. Most of the limitations that keep us from confidence are illusions and limiting beliefs. Once you learn to shatter those illusions and break through limiting beliefs, you’ll be empower to accomplish anything you set your mind to.
ORDER: Building Confidence: Get Motivated, Overcome Social Fear, Be Assertive, and Empower Your Life For Success
Building Confidence is your blueprint for a better you. It’s your formula for change so you have the boldness to go for it — whatever it happens to be for you! Every chapter concludes with specific action steps you can implement and practice right away to facilitate change. You’ll learn: ** The Hidden Reasons You’ve Been Blocked from Confidence ** The "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy” that Traps You ** The “Addiction” Making It Impossible to Trust Yourself ** How to Define Your “POS” to Regain Control of Your Life ** How to Have Social Poise and Speak with Ease ** How to Set Yourself Up for Financial Success ** Why Your Relationships Might Be Suffering and How to Fix Them for Good **
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About the Author
Barrie Davenport is a self-improvement thought leader, certified coach, and online course creator.Â Prior to her work online, Barrie spent over 20 years as a PR executive, helping her clients realize their own passions. At midlife, took a leap of faith herself and left her successful PR career to find her true calling -- coaching, teaching, and writing. Â Barrie's greatest joys are spending time with her family and friends, as well as helping others break through their limitations and live their best lives. Barrie has been a featured writer for The Huffington Post, Zen Habits, and is the founder of the three popular courses: Simple Self-Confidence, Sticky Habits, and Path to Passion. Barrie writes weekly at BarrieDavenport.com and LiveBoldandBloom.com