Stop waiting for confidence.
It won’t come. At least, not while you’re sitting and thinking about it.
You won’t feel confident after reading about it in books or blogs. Or talking about it with friends or mentors.
You won’t get to it by attending endless seminars about it, either.
You can’t wait for confidence to come one day, while you’re looking at yourself in the mirror.
Confidence comes from doing.
You have to move. Act. Do.
It’s the practice—the act of throwing yourself into whatever it is you’re not confident about, to begin with—that actually induces the confidence. Not the other way around.
What about preparation?
Yes, of course, that’s good. The more prepared you are, the more confident you feel.
Beware, though. There are lots of people with good intentions, stuck in the land of preparers. Forever learning, analyzing, thinking about the thing that they’re preparing for… and never actually doing it.
Preparing for some undetermined event that you haven’t committed to yet, isn’t good enough. The temptation to postpone until you’re ready and feeling confident will continue to be there.
So, stop waiting for it. Just do.
And you might just discover that confidence comes when you’re no longer looking out for it.
p.s.: Also, Don’t Worry About the Ducks