“Taking a big risk, and surviving, can be life-changing.” ~ The Confidence Code

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Very early in this series, I referred to the book The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, who argue that we make a mistake if we believe that we can think our way into being more confident:

“Every piece of research we have studied, and every interview we have conducted, leads to the same conclusion. Nothing builds confidence like taking action, especially when the action involves risk and failure. Risk keeps you on life’s edge. It keeps you growing, improving, and gaining confidence. By contrast, living in a zone where you’re assured of the outcome can turn flat and dreary quickly.” (The Confidence Code, p. 141)

Especially useful for writers are their suggestions for internal risks: “allowing ourselves to be imperfect, braving the displeasure of authority figures and loved ones, or learning to be more comfortable when you’re at the center of attention” (p. 142, emphases added). When we push through our self-doubt and fears—rather than thinking ourselves into inaction—we build our confidence muscles, regardless of whether the outcome is otherwise successful.

What actions can you take this weekend to strengthen your writing confidence?

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