Book: The Power of Self-Confidence
Author: Brian Tracy
This book is pretty self-confident! The introduction alone promises to teach readers how to “develop confidence, courage, and unshakable determination.” Unshakeable is pretty powerful stuff. It all starts with one question: What one great thing would you dare to dream, if you knew you couldn’t fail?
More the-glass-is-half-full than not, the good news according to Tracy is that everyone has a certain amount of self-confidence, more in some areas and less in others, and he shows how you can build on what you have in order to master the areas that are most important to you.
This great quote sums it all up: Courtesy of Thomas Edison, “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Chapter one opens with the importance of clear values. The second chapter takes off on assigning goals for every part of your life and making sure your goals and values work with them. Chapter three is about commitment to reaching mastery. Midway through the book, chapter four covers mental fitness techniques like positive self talk and practicing positive expectations. Later chapters show you how to capitalize on your strengths and triumphing over adversity, which mentions another book summary we did on Goldsmith’s What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.
- What you think and feel about yourself and what you can and cannot do are the sum total results of lifetime of experience and conditioning–not a true reflection of what you can do.
- To enjoy self-confidence on the outside, start with inner self-confidence.
- During ups and downs, it’s important that you remain true to yourself and stick to your values. (Stat: Companies that have very clear written values to which everyone ascribed earned an average of 700 percent greater profit over 25 years than others.)
- Most companies select integrity as they highest value, but it’s more than that– it is the one quality of mind that assures or guarantees all the other values that you select.
- Living in truth means you don’t have to pretend or practice self-delusion.
- 4Cs of inner confidence:
Clarity: What do you want to become, what kind of person do you want to be?
Conviction: Unshakable belief in yourself.
Commitment: Do whatever is necessary for success.
Consistency: Work on goals every day.
- What holds you back? Fear is the greatest enemy of self-confidence.
- The greatest enemy of human achievement is the comfort zone.
- Steps to Imagining (no limitations allowed):
1. Make a dream list.
2. Tap into your mental and emotional powers.
3. Commit them to paper.
4. Prioritize goals.
5. Put deadlines on them.
6. Make detailed lists of everything you will have to do to achieve each goal.
7. Organize each list by time and priority.
The final chapter is all about actions, even closing with a short list of seven action exercises. We’ll leave you with number seven, followed by a nice little wrap-up thought and fun fact:
Resolve today that you will never give up, that you will persist over all obstacles until you succeed in creating the wonderful life that is possible for you.
“In every study of success and self-confidence, in every situation in which a person enjoys high levels of self-esteem, self-respect, and personal pride, one thing is found to be in common: Each high-achieving man or woman is in the right place, at the right time, doing exactly the work that he or she is uniquely qualified to do. “
Fun Fact: It wasn’t until the age of 66 that Colonel Sanders found success with Kentucky Fried Chicken.