Confidence is a state of mind. One that can be learned and improved upon, says life and business coach, Izak Strauss. We spoke to him about what’s really behind a lack of confidence and how, like any muscle, it can be built over time.
According to Strauss, what’s behind a lack of confidence is fear and self-doubt. “The fear of failing, being criticised, the fear of the unknown – all of these things can take a knock on our confidence. Yet it is at this moment when we need to feel the fear and persevere anyway. To quote Nelson Mandela, “I have learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave person is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’”