It’s hard to say because most of us walk it alone.
The journey to self-confidence may seem short – especially when we’re in our comfort zone doing something familiar.
Or the journey may seem nearly impossible – especially when we’re tackling something we’ve never done before and there’s a big deadline looming.
Whether the journey is short or long, it always seems (to me at least) that this is like gently negotiating your way across a wobbly bridge.
You have to hang on tight while you move.
Thus making all of those tiny gnats of self-doubt swirling around you extremely difficult to swat.
I wish it were different.
But I don’t think a freshly paved downhill path to personal self-confidence exists.
And you know what?
I believe Lady Gaga agrees with me!
This might shock you, I know, given her immense amount of talent, money, and legions of fans.
For sure, if anyone could’ve ever claimed to have banished the inner bugaboo of self-doubt, I thought it’d be her.
But a teary-eyed Lady Gaga said this just minutes prior to taking the stage one night to perform before a full house in Madison Square Garden.
“I still sometimes feel like a loser kid in high school and I just have to pick myself up and tell myself that I’m a superstar every morning so that I can get through this day and be for my fans what they need for me to be.”
Lady Gaga made this comment during an HBO special which aired back in 2011.
The quote may be six years old, but it’s not insignificant.
It shows how Lady Gaga fulfills author Steven Pressfield’s observation that “true professionals show up.”
After all, she went on to wow millions during the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show in Houston, Texas, and weeks later at the Grammy Awards.
Experts say you’re wise to embrace your fears – even if those inner ones are the most scary – and simply do what what you must to cross your wobbly bridge to improved self-confidence.
There’s no other way.
You simply can’t let any lingering memories of the nervous, self-conscious high school kid you once were hold you back.
Of course, this is a lot easier for you and Lady Gaga to do.
At my age – maneuvering across a wobbly bridge is easier than remembering my high school days!
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