For many of us, the ability to shake hands, look someone in the eye, stand tall, and at least appear confident is second nature.
But, many people feel they haven’t earned the right to appear this way – owning their achievements and projecting confidence.
I remember teaching a networking program at a bank several years ago. When I asked what each person’s objective was, one said, “To walk into a room as confidently as you do.” I responded to her, “How do you know how confident I am? You only know what you see, not what I am feeling.”
This same hesitance and uncertainty was evident yesterday, as I volunteered to speak at an afterschool program in an underprivileged neighborhood.
My goal was to give these 13- to 18-year-old students the confidence to shake my hand, look me in the eye, and state their point of view. It wasn’t an easy task.
Who can you help today to unleash their own personal power?
It is a gift that will have a long-lasting impact.