Reasoning: Have you been dying to try something new? Have you been itching to pick up the violin, kick around a soccer ball, or join the debate team? If you push yourself to try one of these new things, you'll have good reason to be proud. Make a note of your courage in your success journal or success jar (learn more about these here!) so you can look back in a few days or weeks and be impressed all over again. These are the kind of steps that really do help you to #GrowConfidence
Try this!: Growth mindset. If you go in knowing that there’s plenty of room to improve, it’ll be easier to remind yourself that at first, you may not be the best musician, athlete, or competitor. You’re already on your way to success as long as you just believe in yourself and are willing to try!
Reasoning: Trying new things will not only boost your confidence, but it may even free you from other pressures you may be feeling and push you to try things that you were scared to try before.
Try this!: Power poses, thoughts that make you feel empowered and ready to take on anything. These are “quick fixes” and in those moments of doubt, try one of these out and see where it takes you. You never know, in that split second decision where you have that boost of confidence and decide to take on a new challenge, you could discover something you’re especially gifted and passionate about (check out this interesting TED talk here and feel more powerful by the end of the day)!
Reasoning: Actions are everything. Confidence is when you turn thoughts into action, and by cultivating your own confidence, you take the first step towards uncovering endless opportunities for yourself! Soon you’ll realize there isn’t much you can’t do (with the right amount of effort!), and we bet you’ll be dreaming bigger than ever in no time!
Try this!: Act courageously. If you are equipped with the tools you need, just be mindful of your strengths, aware of your weaknesses, and use that knowledge to push you to act. Also remember that growth mindset! If there are tools you don't have yet, or skills you need to work on, don't be afraid to ask for help or put in that effort. Learning something new or improving a skill will also give you a boost of confidence!
Reasoning: When you take action, you are giving yourself the chance to see challenges, setbacks, and ultimately failure, as an opportunity to grow and learn.
In her book, “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20”, Tina Seelig writes: “Essentially, most individual's paths are riddled with small and enormous failures. The key is being able to recover from them. For most successful people, the bottom is lined with rubber as opposed to concrete. When they hit bottom, they sink in for a bit and then bounce back, tapping into the energy of the impact to propel them into another opportunity.”
Try this!: If you “practice failure regularly,” as seen in this video, you are more likely to respond to it in a constructive way, and keep on trying. Continue to try different strategies, ask others for advice, and persevere.
Reasoning: Believing that you have the strength and capabilities to take on (just about) anything is an admirable quality. You will become someone people look at as a positive role model who goes after their goals and ambitions. Not to mention, you may even act before you “think” you’re ready!
Try this!: Just start. You don’t need to have a plan mapped out from A-Z, just take a leap of faith and be a leader! Also, ladies, your fearlessness will make people say, “Wow! Look at what she’s doing!” (and may inspire them to do great things themselves!)
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Thanks to Cailey for this post! We are so thankful to have her on board and are so excited she'll be with us at camp this summer!
She's a brave, super energetic, diligent #girlgearingup and we love how she truly lives by the #GGU2016 values and is taking big steps to help other girls.