The Importance of Taking on Hard Challenges to Build Resilience and Self-Efficacy

Many of us hold back from pursuing our goals and dreams because we believe we lack the confidence to achieve them. We may believe that we need to feel confident before we can take on difficult challenges or try new things. However, this belief is a misconception. In reality, confidence is not a precondition for doing hard things – it is a side effect.

  • When we push ourselves to do something challenging, we may feel uncertain, anxious, or even fearful. However, by taking action and facing our fears, we gain a sense of accomplishment and self-efficacy that ultimately leads to increased confidence.
  • Consider a time when you took on a difficult challenge, whether it was running a marathon, speaking in public, or starting a new business venture. Chances are, you didn’t feel confident before you started. You may have felt nervous, unsure of yourself, or even terrified. But as you took action and faced your fears, you likely gained a sense of accomplishment and pride that translated into increased confidence.
  • The truth is, confidence is not a fixed trait that we either have or don’t have. It is something that we develop over time through our experiences and actions. By taking on difficult challenges, we build our confidence muscle and become more resilient and capable individuals.

So, the next time you feel hesitant to try something new or take on a difficult challenge, remember that confidence is not a precondition for success – it is a side effect. Take action, face your fears, and trust in your ability to grow and develop through your experiences. You may be surprised at the confidence you gain along the way.