Day 1: WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL CONFIDENT?
Congratulations! You’ve already taken the biggest step: You enrolled in The Villa’s Confidence BootCamp. The best is yet to come.
We are very excited to have you with us for the next thirty days of skills and practice exercises to help you build your core, unshakeable confidence, so that you can achieve anything you want in your life. We’re grateful to the many people who have joined us in our preparations over the past few months, and shared their tips and tricks for building resilience and stronger beliefs in our own capabilities. We have stories and practices shared by women from all over the world and many different backgrounds and traditions, so we hope you’ll love hearing from all of them as much as we’ve enjoyed working with them.
We also hope you’ve had a chance to review The Chemistry of Confidence Self-Discovery Exercise that describes the four domains of confidence that we’ll be focused on to build our confidence muscles throughout the month. If you haven’t yet, it’s a good idea to take the time today to review those materials, because everything else will make more sense if you have the basic concepts covered.
What do we know about confidence?
As you have probably heard by now, confidence may not be just a feeling; it may be much more of a “state of being”—a feeling state that results from a mix, or a “chemistry” of actions, situations, responses or conditions. Confidence is also not a static condition—it can change from day to day or even moment to moment, depending on how we respond to both external and internal (in our minds) stimuli. Understanding yourself and your own confidence chemistry, and what affects it may be the most important thing that we can learn as we move through the next thirty days.
We want to help you build confidence in your confidence. What we mean is that the more you understand just what affects your confidence—either the things that build it for you or the things that shake, rattle or rock your confidence—the more control you have over it. We hope during the coming month in our Confidence Boot Camp, you can really gain a better understanding of yourself, and what helps you feel more confident.
Today’s practice assignment
Your first assignment on Day 1 is to make a short list of things that make you feel confident. It’s always important to acknowledge and build on our strengths, and you’ve already got a lot going for you, whether you realize it or not. You couldn’t have come this far or become the person you are today without a good base of confidence. And even though confidence has a way of ebbing and flowing from time to time, you undoubtedly have some experience with feeling both confident and not confident (as we all do), and therefore have some context to work with to build your confidence even stronger.
Make a commitment: What makes you feel confident?
Now, if you’re really brave, take a cell phone video of what makes you feel confident just like Meagan did. Post it to your Facebook timeline and tag us @ourvillanetwork, or your Instagram profile and tag us @the_villa_blog. Let all your friends know that you’re participating in Confidence Boot Camp, and they can follow and support you. Maybe they’ll even join in, so please invite them to become inspired with you.
Are you ready to begin?
Let’s roll into Confidence Bootcamp.
See you tomorrow!
Merrilee, Carol, Meagan and Haley
Your Villa Storytellers and Confidence Bootcamp Trainers
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