Self-confidence is the innate quality of trusting your own abilities and instincts. Self-confident people are often successful, attentive, and flexible, and can deal with almost any life situation. A self-confident person realizes what his or her potential is and works to realize it. Those that are around a self-confident person are aware of his or her character by his or her actions. People that are self-confident demonstrate it by their actions, and not through their words alone. However, if you are always trying to impress your friends, family, or coworkers by overtly asserting your self-confidence, then you are likely arrogant. There is a big difference between the two characteristics, but the line between them is not clearly defined. Often, people who are usually highly self-confident cross the line into arrogance and don’t even know it.
If your family, friends, or coworkers find you arrogant, they will not enjoy being around you. It is more important to impress individuals through actions than through words. The maxim “actions speak louder than words” is very true. We are all more likely to trust someone who gets the job done rather than someone who simply boasts about doing it. An arrogant person is not seen as trustworthy. How do the people in your life see you?
If you think that you are arrogant instead of self-confident, it is time to rethink approaches. Instead of bragging about your own personal triumphs, try to bring attention to someone else’s achievement. Take part in group and team projects and work with others, not against them. Think before you speak, and do not overwhelm people with negative comments or critiques or speak highly of yourself.
That is where you start transforming your arrogance into self-confidence. Think of self-confidence as having the strength and ability to complete a goal and arrogance as boasting to everyone how well you will complete it. Make a change by taking on tasks that you have not successfully completed before. This will help to unleash your self-confidence and develop it further. Your self-confidence will help you to start and finish this project without any self-doubt. It is important to spend more time working on your goals than boasting about your imagined achievements.
Living with self-confidence rather than arrogance provides you with the opportunity to live your life in a new way. It is a time to make amends with those you might have insulted or offended, and start brand new relationships. Having and using your self-confidence, and not arrogance will let you achieve any goals that you set your mind to.
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