Since my previous post sharing my gratitude about all the amazing feedback I have been getting on my new ventures, many people have reached out looking for a way to help or to somehow be involved. That said, many of you have not physically reached out, but may well have read what I am doing and have silently cheered me on. (That’s okay too). Regardless, THANK YOU, no matter what way you are showing your support.
What has occurred to me is that there are likely plenty of “silent cheerleaders” out there…(you know who you are and you’re not alone). You’re the one who sees cool things pop up on your news feed, checks out awesome websites, and hears all about that great thing that whats-her-name is up to…but you find yourself not saying anything when you see the person, or not “liking” or commenting in the virtual world. I’m writing this because I know I’ve done it. I’ve been there. I’m now loving being an “out-loud cheerleader”, and I want to share why you should too.
The difference between courage and self-confidence
Success is driven by courage not just self-confidence – I just want to take a moment to separate the two concepts. Self-confidence is defined as “assurance: freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities”. The mistake we often make in observing someone else we deem to be self-confident, is that perhaps they are arrogant or self-centred, or they have enough confidence and they don’t need our support. Courage is defined as “the ability to do something that frightens one”. Here, you can see that regardless of self-confidence, regardless of a self-propelled belief in oneself and one’s abilities, courage requires that a person acts in the face of FEAR.
Calling all silent cheerleaders…
Here is where you come in. Encouragement is defined as “the expression of approval and support”. You are literally “giving courage”. So I’m asking you to support one another, friends. Go the extra mile. Be generous. Pay forward your gratitude. Say out loud the compliment you’ve been holding on to. Because you never know who might be facing their fears today. You never know who might need a boost of encouragement to keep up what they’re doing or to take a leap of faith.
I’ll be cheering…