Confidence: The Super Power That Lies Within…

More powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s…okay…I’m not going to suggest that you are superman or somehow if you have enough confidence you will be able to outrun a train, however, I will say, that confidence is one of the greatest powers we mere mortals possess. Why is that? Glad you asked. Here’s why. Confidence gives us the foundation to stand on solid ground while reaching out to our dreams and success.

Our confidence supports us in times of great success and failure. Whether we are facing great tribulations, failures; confidence allows us to remain calm in the chaos that swirls around us. We adapt to the environment and seek solutions where they are needed. We are not afraid to say we do not know the answer and we will go the extra mile to find it.  In confidence, we can be prepared for whatever is thrown our way. No one can predict the future,  yet, in confidence; we are assured of our response. We are confident in ourselves and trust in others we have assembled that whatever happens, we can face it together.

Confidence’s kryptonite, however, is cockiness, arrogance and closed minds. Our confidence is defeated when we allow these thoughts, habits to be formed. To be confident takes balance. Too much – and you are the joker and too little – you are frozen, unable to move out of fear. To know ourselves, our abilities, values and knowledge base within we realize that the power of confidence allows us to be more accepting others, their faults and all. We also can then see talent, leadership and values that others bring to the table and form teams that will stand tall to bring our visions, innovation to life.

This post is a starting point. Let continue the conversation on confidence…for the first time I will be hosting a new weekly chat #bealeader on Twitter May 3rd, 7pmET. Our first topic…yup, you guessed it…confidence. I would love for you to attend, bring a friend or two. Capes are optional. 😉

Jennifer Olney
Over the course of my career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development. As the Founder and Director of Business BEALEADER, I bring my experience to the table to expand the knowledge base for those seeking to find their own leader within. In 2011, I created BEALEADER to be a platform for individuals to share their expertise and leadership to make others better by being a resource of business, career and marketing solutions for those who are just starting out or maybe have a “few” years under their belt and need keep their skills fresh. In addition to the BEALEADER platform, I have developed the business units BEALEADER Business Services, which provides marketing, business development and human resource management services and BEALEADER Executive Coaching Services, which provides one on one and group coaching services to executives and individuals. These business units expand our ability and brand to make others better as we reach out to our audience with these unique product offerings. In 2014, I was named to the Inc.com list of Top 101 Leadership Speakers and I have written for several publications such as Yahoo! Small Business, Business 2 Community and others. I have also co-hosted several podcasts and in 2015 will be hosting the BEALEADER podcast for our audience as well.
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  • April 29, 2012

    Ryan Setter

    Excellent post, Jen – great topic to start your new chat with, too.

    Here’s a line that I found brilliant: “No one can predict the future, yet, in confidence; we are assured of our response.” ..very nice 🙂

    Take care!

  • April 29, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Thanks, Ryan! I hope you can join in the discussion on May 3rd as well. I like that line, too. Cheers to you and thanks for the comment.

  • I agree… excellent post! I look forward to continuing the conversation on Thursday. I will be wearing my cape ; )

  • April 29, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Thanks, Shelley. Excellent news on the cape as well. See you on the 3rd!!! Very excited to kick off the #bealeader chat. I really appreciate your support. Very grateful. Cheers!

  • April 30, 2012

    Shannon S

    Thanks for the great post Jen. I truly think this is a great topic to start off with for your first #bealeader chat. Now if only I had a cape. 🙂

  • April 30, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Thank you very much, Shannon. I’m so excited about new #bealeader chat. I want to bring value and great conversation to push the conversation forward on leadership topics – not just for business but in life as well. We lead every day, in every way. Cheers!

  • Great post, Jen. And, your kryptonite comment is why we worry about those “confidence men” who steal people’s dreams….

  • April 30, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Yes – good point, Roy. Confidence men – those who manipulate confidence in others to bring down others with their destructive use of trust, faith and ego to destroy others who believe in themselves. Know some very well. Thanks, Roy.

  • April 30, 2012

    CASUDI (@CASUDI)

    Many people miss the “you need confidence and support in times of GREAT success”. I see the success ingredient often missed in people’s planning for the future. Yes, they want to be successful, they are striving for success full speed, but far more focus is put on the “what if I Fail?” The confidence to carry off success when you meet it head on; I am so glad you mentioned it here and hope it gets more people to thinking and adding it to the “what if” in their planning for the future.

    I am traveling on Wednesday but will look in at your chat if I have the opportunity. Great Post. @CASUDI

  • April 30, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Thanks, Caroline. Yes, even in success, confidence plays a huge role. We have to be prepare to be confident to be successful and be able to handle the success that we create for ourselves. We can’t let it go to our head or else we end up with cockiness. Confidence allows us to be secure in ourselves, in our skin and have the ability to be able to be self assured that we have the fortitude to maintain our success and ride out the storms that come as well. I wish you safe travels and I hope you will be able to drop in on Thursday evening. Cheers.

  • March 20, 2014

    AlaskaChickBlog

    Outstanding!! Wow, I am so glad I clicked here. I love the kryptonite explanation, best though. It is always easier (for me at least) if I know which path(s) lead to disaster. And lookie this! The FIRST #bealeader tweetchat?! How cool is that.