Then there was the slow discovery that there was something to this confidence thing that made all the difference to my coaching clients, and the digging deep into what confidence is, where it comes from and what stops it. And there’s the consistent unveiling of layer after layer of my own confidence and discovering more and more about what it means to be naturally confident in the face of impossible challenges.
Confidence is so multi-faceted in its application and in its value that I have different ways to talk about it in terms of beauty, gratitude, challenge, risk, joy and hardship. So when I stumbled on this quote from Hemingway, it was love at first sight.
“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”
― Ernest Hemingway
The quality that enables all of those things that Hemingway so beautifully describes, and gives you comfort even when wounded or destroyed, is confidence.
It’s the sense that you’re already whole and can trust your behaviour implicitly, regardless of what happens.
What do you think―do you want to be one of the “best people” that Hemingway describes?