What does confidence look like? The way we display confidence through actions may look different as needs change from our 20s through midlife and beyond. But, the necessary building blocks of inner confidence always look like authenticity and determination.
Confidence does not show up as perfection. Or brute strength. It is not fearlessness or arrogance or boldness. Confidence doesn’t look like winning. Or loud and proud success.
Confidence looks like falling down, screwing up, being afraid (yes, fear) and going forward anyway. Making changes…trying again…starting over…moving ahead. Confidence shows up as determination, resilience, and authenticity as we embrace it all.
At 61, I have a level of confidence I wish I’d possessed in decades past. I have a determination now that isn’t thwarted by fear. Confident women, and men, claim everything — even when something is imperfect, messy, or stuck. That’s part of living with authenticity.
I wonder: Is confidence a natural part of growing older, as we do more, learn more, and know more about ourselves? Are determination, resilience, and authenticity automatic byproducts of midlife?
Are you feeling more or less confident with each passing year?
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The Hot Goddess
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