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Unleashing Confidence: My Journey of Self Empowerment

Georgia Ellis

Coach to Leaders & Managers

In my roles as a leader, coach, and facilitator, I've discovered that confidence isn't just a trait; it's a skill that can be cultivated and honed over time.  

Recently I facilitated training for a group of predominantly male, blue-collar managers, when a male participant commented on my confidence. It was a lovely compliment, but it got me thinking… I wasn’t always this way… what had I done that allowed me to display an air of confidence in this situation?  

Upon reflection, I realised that my journey towards greater confidence began with a simple yet powerful approach that accelerated my progress: flooding my subconscious with a vision of the person I aspired to be. Through mental and physical rehearsal, I ingrained confidence into my very being until it became second nature. 

Tip 1: Immerse Yourself in Your Vision

I flooded my mind with images of myself as a confident, assertive woman. Visualising success in various scenarios helped reshape my subconscious beliefs about my abilities. 

Tip 2: Prepare and Rehears

Confidence grows when we confront our fears head-on. By gathering information, planning my approach, and mentally rehearsing before challenging situations, I pre-emptively tackled doubts and uncertainties. 

Tip 3: Practice, Practice, Practice

Whether it's mastering a new skill or navigating difficult conversations, consistent practice breeds confidence. (I rehearsed everything) I embraced every opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, knowing that each experience contributed to my growth as a leader. 

Applying these principles proved that confidence isn't an innate trait reserved for a select few; it's a mindset that can be cultivated through deliberate effort and perseverance. As women in leadership roles, let's embrace the power of visualisation, preparation, and practice to unlock our full potential, to be counted, and inspire those around us.  

Remember: Confidence isn't just a destination—it's a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

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