How to be Confident – Using Mastery

This post is going to show you how to become confident in any area of your life. Confidence is built through knowledge and action. This will be evident throughout your life if you pause for thought. If you think of one thing you’re confident in right now – there’s a strong chance that you weren’t good at it on your first attempt. The more you do something the better you get.

Examples of Increased Confidence Through Mastery:

Work in Progress:

My first full time job was in a Global Engineering factory. I was thrown straight into work (at the deep end) on the production line, in a role that I was absolutely clueless about. Any mistakes made would cause the whole factory to down tools and wait for you. This led me to stress out, rush around, and constantly struggle to keep up. Furthermore, desperately trying to remember what I had to do next in the sequence. I stuck with it, I kept showing up and trying my best. I got through the first few days until it started to become easier and easier. Within the first full week I’d mastered the role and as a result I started to become confident.

  • Did I think “I can’t do this” at first? Yes.
  • During the first couple of hours, did I think I’d ever get the hang of it? No.
  • Did I keep going anyway? Yes.
Mastering interactions with another person (relationship/rapport building):

When I first met one of my now closest friends at the races – to put it politely, he was annoying. He’d had one too many shandy’s and this caused him to act like a complete nightmare. Despite this, within a few months we built up a good rapport and became good friends. Find common ground with the people in your life and learn how to effectively communicate with them. The most direct way to learn about someone is to ask them questions. I don’t mean to repeatedly ask questions like in a Police interview – that probably won’t go down too well. 🀣

Confident in using your new mobile phone/tablet:

We all know that a new gadget can be difficult to navigate at first. Then you get used to the new layout and where everything is, as a result you pick it up and become a pro!

Sporting Confidence:

I remember the first time I picked up a Pool Cue, I was 10 years old and didn’t have a clue how to hold it or what to do with it but I had a go anyway! However, after a few hours I picked it up, by that I mean some of the very basics.. like managing to pot a ball over the pocket!πŸ™ˆ We all have to start somewhere which is a good indication that starting something is a crucial step. Don’t let procrastination take over. This whole post outlines the steps used as I went on to achieve 8-Ball Mastery.

As seen in the examples above, Confidence comes from mastery and the self-belief you gain in the knowledge that you’re good at something specific.

Challenge: Take a few minutes to think of some of your own examples of when you first started out doing something challenging but now you find it easy. For example, maybe you can remember back to your first driving lesson.

Gain Confidence in Mastery

I’m going to keep it simple for you, If you want to be more confident in any task, activity or area of your life – just keep on learning about it and doing it until you master it!

  • If you feel disheartened – Don’t give up!
  • When you do it wrong, Try again!
  • In the times you feel frustrated, Keep on doing it and doing it!

A famous Philosopher called Mr. Nike once said; “JUST DO IT“. πŸ˜‰

Here’s one of my favourite short motivational speeches from Art Williams that will help you become more confident in the things that mean the most to you in your life.

For more tips on how find your self-confidence see 3 Steps to Self-Belief & Confidence.πŸ‘Š

If you want to be a confident pool player then first, you need to master the game.

Raise Your Game! Just Do It! βœ”


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