So how do you do it? Do you know how to build confidence despite barriers in your life? There are several posts on this blog showing you how to build confidence. Today I have a picture for you to illustrate the point I always make and reiterate here: confidence, like Rome, wasn’t and isn’t going to be built in a short time. No, confidence takes time and it’s the first, little steps we take in getting there, that are the most important.
Barriers can be a big deal when they stand in our way of true confidence. They can block our view of the life we want to live which stands on the horizon just within our reach – kind of like the picture immediately below.
So here’s the picture. Do you see the black steel rods blocking the view of the lovely landscape beyond it?
These are merely some steel plates set horizontally into the landscape, right? Individually, they mean nothing really. All they represent are barriers to the green and prosperous landscape within reach. In fact, you could go as far as to say they’re ugly, black steel plates obstructing your view of the beauty that lies beyond – similar to the barriers in your own life which obstruct you from building your confidence.
Now look at these steel plates together and from a different angle, from a distance:
This is what the individual, seemingly obstructive steel plate look like together. The sculpture (by Marco Cianfanelli) consist of 50 10-metre, laser-cut steel plates. The sculpture was put there to commemorate August 6th, 1962, the 50th anniversary of when Nelson Mandela was captured and arrested.
Now you see that random steel plates actually come together to make something complete and beautiful – even astounding.
Confidence is built (as this article explains) one step at a time. Of course, the important issue here is actually taking steps to improve yourself. If you can’t see them working straight away, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t. You’re probably just viewing your skills from the wrong angle – as individual items rather than the forge of strength you already possess within you.
Find your confidence by accessing your strengths and building upon them. Sometimes, like in the first picture, you’re looking at the building blocks (you can use to step up) as obstacles to a beautiful you. See how sometimes obstacles are the very things that build us up.
So what’s that barrier preventing you from seeing the beautiful landscape you want your life to be? Have you examined that barrier closely and from every angle? Maybe it’s that very thing you need to be able to journey to your destination and achieve your dreams. Just step back and look closely. You may be surprised at what you discover.
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