It is easy to struggle with confidence, especially with this week being the long-awaited House Singing week; it is understandable that many of you will be feeling nervous about being put outside your comfort zone.
It has been said that confidence is the key to success. Some people are born with it, some have to work for it, and others do not know how to obtain it. It is something either one has or does not, but it can always be accomplished over time. Some people have so much confidence that they are not afraid to do anything. Others are the complete opposite, and are scared of being judged or ridiculed by others.
Self-confidence cannot be taught, but is reached by the individual when they decide to believe in themselves. In order to attain self-confidence, one needs to believe that they can do the task at hand. It cannot be accomplished overnight, but slowly it builds up over a period of time.
I have found myself looking towards the more positive things in life, thus building up my confidence in certain areas. Confidence is about having a bright approach to the endeavours you choose to pursue in life.
If people have put you down in the past and you have struggled with self-confidence, take a look in the mirror and remind yourself of your worth, remind yourself of the loved ones around you and that you, as an individual, are unique.
For those of you who are nervous about the House Singing and standing to sing in front of a crowd, look at those standing next to you and be proud to sing with your House, no matter the outcome.
There is a fine line between being confident and being arrogant. Remember that confidence is about believing in yourself, not about being arrogant.
I would like to end with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt…
‘You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself: 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'