Tuesday, April 12, 2016

confidence!

I am the Greatest! There is No One Better than ME!
SO said Muhammed Ali.
                                                                             

             Wear it well :)


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...So said the Ted Talk I watched today.

Often I've thought about people who I think are dumbasses, yet who are apparently so self-confident. What a quandary, lol.  It's come to me that everyone needs, or has in any case, a personal mythology of themselves. These confident dumbasses seem to believe very strongly a story they've told themselves in which they feature as the hero. We all have a personal mythology anyway: I am this, I came from that. A lot of times it's victimy: I am this because of that, I did or didn't do this because of that. It's the story we've told ourselves, our wrap-up of  all the days and our outcome: today's outcome.

Today I was watching this and that online and came into some Ted Talks which eventually led me to  one on confidence. The main idea is that repetition and good self talk make for confidence. That confidence is a skill one can master. I tend to believe this. And it makes sense to me to take on this philosophy- to talk well to yourself, because there's enough out there that's telling you you can't do it.

Practice, repetition, and the skill of perserveringly disbelieving those unkind self voices. This leads to a confidence that you can count on. Personally, my confidence is pretty average I'd say- but only because it sails between I AM LIKE NO ONE ELSE EVER! HOW AMAZING I WAS BORN TO BE ME! HAS ANYONE EVER EXPERIENCED THIS KIND OF JOY BEFORE, I DON'T THINK SO! and Oh shit, nothing is ever good, I know why- yes, it's me, something is broken and yet so vaguely that I will never fix it, how embarrassing, how sad, how decrepit, how pitiful, -- etcetc.

In any case. Here's the Ted Talk.  Go listen and be inspired!

And should you wake up missing some confidence, perhaps spurge on one of the above pieces and strut your stuff  in all the fabulous things you are impelled to wear. With confidence!

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