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I want to talk about confidence. I think you’ve heard me say it many times, but confidence is the number one precursor to success. It’s the thing that sells jobs, attracts clients, and carries you through all types of unpredictable situations.

 

 

I get a lot of compliments about my confidence from the designers I work with. The way I present things, and the way I step into things has been a lifelong practice. It wasn’t a natural thing for me. I was a shy kid, so developing confidence within myself was a highly intentional act.

To do this, I first figured out what I was good at and what my strengths were. I’m really good at several things, so I started doing more of those things. I also acknowledged what I wasn’t good at, gave myself a break, and didn’t expect so much from myself. Then, when I was able to, I hired someone to do those parts so that I could raise the bar and be really good overall.

Another thing I do is to celebrate my accomplishments. When I successfully put together a big job or experience a win with my design business, I celebrate. I buy myself a treat, usually clothing or a handbag. And every time I wear or use that item, it’s a reminder of that win and how happy it made me. What you repeat in your subconsciousness over and over again becomes true, which is how you create or manifest reality.

Watch the video above, where I also explain how I maintain positivity as well as the types of people I do and don’t surround myself with to protect my positive energy. I also share how to replace negative self-talk with an affirmation to further protect yourself.

It’s essential to be intentional about being confident as a designer. Make a commitment to develop your confidence in yourself and your business. It took me a while to get there but not too long, and you can do it too. Your confidence will carry you through jobs, the rewards are enormous, and you’ll enjoy it all the way through.

Until next time, design something beautiful and get paid what you’re worth.

 

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