Confidence is never arrogant, cocky, or boisterous. Genuine confidence is quiet and real. It's the stuff born of knowledge, coupled with experience in the real world. It's what you convey to clients, coworkers, or any important group when you know what you're talking about – and you truly care.
It's difficult to display confidence when the world offers up plenty of doubt. There's always another service offering, a cheaper solution, or a shinier object being offered to attract attention. But that's when your own confidence matters most. Speak up, but always be respectful.
Do what you do for the right reasons, based upon sound knowledge, preparation and commitment to your purpose. Your message will transmit clearly, in spite of all the white noise around you. When you have the courage of your convictions, plus the proof to back it up, you can display confidence in the most stressful situations. Have a trusted group around you who complement you and hold you accountable.
Confidence requires testing yourself before others do. Know what you know, because you've challenged yourself, not because someone else has tested you. It's not about blind belief; it's about validation though experience.
Enjoy the Journey -- with Confidence!