Self-confidence is an often undervalued personal quality, but it is a very important one. Without self-confidence, great leaders from all over the world and all throughout history would not have been able to lead or make changes. Why? Because they would not have had the confidence in themselves to stand up and become a leader. They had to believe in themselves first before they could make anyone else believe in them as well.
The ability to believe in yourself, to have self-confidence, is part of what defines your life. What you choose to do or not to do is determined by what you think of yourself. It doesn’t matter what other people think about you or what they think you can do, if you have faith in yourself, you can do something.
For example, if Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t believe in himself or his ideas, he would have never had to the confidence to become a great leader of the civil rights movement. He was born in 1929 in the United States when African Americans did not have equal rights. His belief that he and his people should have the same rights as the white people in the United States led him to become a very influential man, helping the Civil Rights Movement eventually gain the equal rights that they were striving to achieve.
If he had let public opinion govern his decisions, he would never have been the leader that he was. Hundreds of people throughout the United States hated his ideas and what he was trying to do, but he didn’t let that determine his fate because he had confidence in himself. His use of non-violent activism helped the African Americans gain their civil liberties. King learned of this type resistance from Mahatma Gandhi, who is another example of someone who didn’t let public opinion sway him. Gandhi’s non-violent resistance helped lead India to independence, and if he had let public opinion determine his and India’s fate, they might still be under British control.
So you might think that you’re not Martin Luther King, Jr., and you’re not Mahatma Gandhi, but that does not mean that you should not have faith in yourself. Believing in yourself is so much more important than worrying about what other people think. Because, as Thoreau says, it’s what you think about yourself that determines who you are and what you do with your life.
So do you have faith in yourself? Take a minute to analyze what you think about yourself, because it’s your opinion of yourself that will determine how your life turns out.
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