No, you don’t.
And in fact, you’ve got it completely backward:
You’ll only feel confident once you start acting confident despite not feeling it.
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― William Faulkner
And here anxiety’s not the problem. It’s your anxiety about anxiety that’s killing your confidence.
And what’s really holding you back from confidence is the belief that you shouldn’t feel anxious about what other people think of you.
If you lack confidence in social situations, the most important thing you can do is not judge yourself for caring about what other people think.
“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”
― Emma Donoghue
The third limiting belief on your confidence is the idea that confidence is relative:
That your confidence hinges on other people’s beliefs about how confident you are.
The real problem isn’t your lack of confidence — it’s that you judge the validity of your confidence based on external factors.
You are the final authority on your confidence. Don’t outsource that job to someone else.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.”
― Mark Twain
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