Confidence is key
What would you do if you had more confidence?
About seven years ago now, me and my partner left New Zealand on our OE to live in London on the two-year visa like so many kiwis do. Living in London had its highs (travelling all over Europe! Not to mention my awesome job and the people I worked with) but of course there were lows too (the weather, the lack of disposable income and possibly partying too much). However, it was our move to Melbourne after our two years in London that really knocked my confidence. Not the actual move (although moving countries is pretty unsettling), but the shock of not being able to get a job in my industry straight away.
I’d never had a problem with getting a job in the past. I was really proud of all the hard work I had put into my career and what I had achieved overseas. For one reason or another, I just couldn’t land an interview for a role in my profession or industry. I naively thought that my corporate marketing experience in London would be highly regarded or sort after. The longer this went on, the more my confidence shrunk. After seven months of applying to hundreds of jobs I finally got an interview for a call centre role. It wasn’t the interview I wanted, but I graciously took it and eventually I got the job. I honestly have to say it was one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had to do (I have so much respect for anyone who has a job in a call centre…you are simply awesome!). It just wasn’t for me. I knew my abilities weren’t being used to the fullest and my mental health was suffering. To cut a long story short I worked hard to implement daily self-care habits into my life which enabled me to get my confidence back. Eventually I worked my way back into a marketing role that I was proud of, a role that challenged me where I could use my full abilities to the fullest.
I think the best way to gain the confidence to do the things that you want in life, is to get really clear on what it is that you want the most. Maybe its a financial goal, or maybe its related to setting aside more family time. Do you want to be healthier? Do you want to make a difference in the world? Have you got a more personal growth or relationship goal that you want to achieve?
No matter what your goals are, if you want them enough and you work hard for it, you can have it. The only person stopping you from having what you want, is you.
So, what would you do if you had more confidence? What dreams, passions and deepest desires do you have for yourself? What kind of life do you want to create that reflects who you really are?
Go on - dream, wish, write, plan, inspire, believe and most importantly have the confidence to know that you can do it. If I can, you can too!