There’s a saying that confidence breeds success.

I actually wonder if it’s the other way around…that success breeds confidence (which breeds more success).

Let’s break it down.

Confidence is having belief in your abilities. Being sure of yourself.

Breed is to produce, cause or be the source of.

Success is the favorable outcome of something attempted. HINT:  In business, that’s called a sale.

So ‘confidence breeds success’ means:

Being sure that you can produce a favorable outcome of something you attempt.

That’s great…but what happens when you don’t have a favorable outcome but you thought you would?  Does that mean you’re not successful or that you were wrong to be confident?

I’ve been confident about my ability in things before but wasn’t successful at it.

What if we flip this around:

Success breeds confidence (which breeds more success).

That would sound like:

A favorable outcome of something you attempt is the source of belief in your  own abilities… which produces more favorable outcomes.

I’ll tell you from my own experience of when I started my first business 9 years ago that although I had confidence-building successes to build upon from my corporate career, TRUE confidence didn’t come until I had a consistent stream of successes in my new business…and then, because I was so confident in my abilities… that attracted even more clients and success.

I want to know what you think.  Post your comments on your perspective on whether confidence breeds success or does success breed confidence (which breeds more success)?

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Here’s a short interview with Pat Mussieux, founder of Confidence and Courage.

The recording begins about 30 seconds in…so hang in there.

http://www.confidenceandcourage.com/fightingfinancialfatigue/audios/carolynherfurth.mp3

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I went for a run last week in Central Park and got lost.  Thankfully I was up for the adventure and didn’t have anything “riding on it”.

But what if I did?

What if treating my run so casually got me into trouble?

I know a lot of entrepreneurs who treat their sales conversations as casually as I treated my run.

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If you can’t ask, you won’t get.

What aren’t you asking for?  And why not?

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Do you ever catch yourself saying, “I can do it myself”?  If you think it’s saving you money, think again.

(My apologies for the sound…I haven’t figured out where I tucked my microphone for “safe keeping”!)

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I started off 2011 vowing that this be the “year of yes”. Little did I know that my big “yes” would involve a move from my home state of Minnesota to New York!

What have you been wanting to do but resisting?

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…or call me committed.

People use all sorts of reasons for why they can’t do something.  And quite frankly, it’s a matter of priorities.

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Many new business owners I speak with resist “limiting” the definition of who their ideal client is because they don’t want to “pigeonhole” themselves…thinking it’ll limit their opportunities.

Quite the opposite is true…

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What experience do you give your clients once they decide to do business with you?

Are you clear and concise or…

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I love this video because this woman lives in a 90 square foot apartment in New York City and has the BEST attitude.

Rather than grouse about how cramped she is, she believes that she’s got it pretty good because she gets to live in the heart of New York City.

What’s your attitude?

Do you appreciate the independence your biz provides and embrace the attitude that sales is what gives you freedom?

Or do you view it as something that “jails” you?

It’s your choice.

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