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Building self-confidence | Jerry R Mitchell's Blog

Last week as I was networking with several entrepreneurs at a local restaurant the theme song from the “Rocky” movie was being played.  I foolishly told every one that I worked out to that song.  After explaining my past boxing career and how it helped me to build my confidence I thought I could finish my meal in peace. The entrepreneurs wanted more questions answered and as I discussed self-confidence and how one built it an idea for an article flashed before my eyes.We learned it as a little kid-home-court advantage; it’s nothing to be taken lightly.  Maybe you got your first taste of it at a piano recital or an elementary school sporting event, where the place was packed with your supporters.  Just about everyone but the family dog was there, plus a couple of neighbors, and you knew that a bunch of the other kids’ parents were rooting for you too.  So how could you lose?  How could you do anything but perform at your very best under those circumstances?Consider the opposite situation.  It’s the Chicago vs. New York boxing championships.  I’m expected to have a tooth-and-nail battle with the New York champion, and I’m in his city.  Chicago and his have a long history of ethnic clashes and the like (Irish VS Italian).  And since cultural niceties in New York don’t include restraining oneself when expressing political and cultural preferences, every time I come out of my corner, the crowd boos, shouts and curses me-to the point where a riot seems inevitable.  It continues through each round, a situation that’s hardly conducive to success, right?  How could anyone expect you to succeed in an adversarial environment like that?Recent psychological research has shown that as comforting as it might have been to have your grandmother at your side during that solo that really isn’t the way to produce the top performance.  In fact, hostile audiences can actually bring out your best.Research psychologists have studied skilled performances and what happens when you have hostile strangers or family and friends in the audience. Common sense dictates that you’d obviously do better in front of the supportive audience and you’d probably also think that the effect would be more pronounced with a high- skill task than with a low-skill task.  In fact, research indicates the opposite, so even though the people who had the support of friends during their task experienced less stress than those who had to perform in front of hostile strangers, the second group produced better performances and got through the task faster.  Talk about turning a negative into a positive.Explanations for those results suggest that perhaps when you face a crowd of friendly faces, you might simply choke from the pressure of trying to please them.  When you face a hostile crowd, though, you might feel that you have nothing to lose, so you take risks that pay off in better performance.  Some people can simply draw on the negative energy generated by the hostile crowd, harnessing it to produce better results.On the day of the competition I felt that I was in the middle of the arena awaiting the emperor’s sign to decide my fate.  It’s not quite that dramatic or quite that hostile, but I sure was not in the thick of things with my best friends.  The crowd might not behave by throwing chairs at me, but if words and looks could kill, I would be pushing up daisies.I didn’t let it get under my skin, however, and to throw the hostile audience a curve, I politely smiled, bowed and waved to the spectators before ripping a combination of punches to their champion in a way that left even me stunned.  I acted as if I did it every day, sometimes maybe even before breakfast, and they go silent.  They don’t know quite what to make of me.  On the other hand, I knew that I had a secret, how to use their hostility for my good.  I also knew that the moment was mine, so instead of putting on a boxing exhibition I went for the knockout.  I’m definitely in the zone.I figure I may as well go for it, so I pulled out all the stops.  By the time the contest was over, I had the fans’ hero on the floor, and even though they may still hate my guts, I’ve not only won the contest, but I’ve also used their hostility to help me do it.  This time when I smiled and bowed, I knew that I really owed them a lot, even if they don’t have a clue that they helped me beat their champion.  Neat trick.In my entrepreneurial life often times I was in hostile territory. Starting new industries requires thick skin because everyone keeps telling you that what you want to accomplish is impossible.Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages Continue reading

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Collector Care Interview – 50 Shades Of Dr. Gray: Honesty About Plastic Surgery

Hello Collectors! We are back chatting with the wonderful Dr. Robert Gray of MD Laser Spa in Pleasanton. Why are we talking about plastic surgery on an organizing blog? Continue reading

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Building Up Self-Confidence for a More Fulfilling Career in Travel …

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Tiger Rock works to build self-esteem, prevent bullying …

Tiger Rock works to build self-esteem, prevent bullyingTiger Rock Academy 4- and 5-year-old students, known as Tiger Cubs,  practice their statue poses on Monday, February 7, 2011 at the academy’s 5900 S. 85th Street Suite 100 location in Lincoln, Neb.Photos and story by Doug Burger, NewsNetNebraskaA confident child likely won’t be bullied, a martial arts expert said recently.Tiger Rock President Jeff Dousharm preaches the importance of self-esteem in children, who make up 60 to 70 percent of his students. For him, children’s self-esteem directly relates to their chances of being bullied.“People with low self-esteem feel the need to prove themselves,” Dousharm said. “Just like when you find two guys at a bar and one wants to get into a fight real bad, the person with higher self-esteem can walk away. They don’t feel the need to prove themselves.“Same thing with kids Continue reading

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How To Build Bench Strength | PPAI Publications

Behind every successful business are strong employees. That, of course, begs a definition of “strong.” In this case, a strong employee is one who is skilled and knowledgeable, willing to take on more responsibility than is required, works longer and harder than others, is a great communicator, loves a challenge, and is honest, loyal, respected and respectful.What would you give to have an organization filled with such high performers? How do you think that would affect your business? Continue reading

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Traits of Self Confidence – Performance Consulting, Ltd.

6 Traits of Self Confident PeopleSelf confidence is not limited to how we present ourselves in front of people. It encompasses how we view ourselves and perceive our world, the way we treat others, and even how we deal with crises situations. Self confidence simply means being positive in all aspects of life, even when your circumstances seem outwardly negative.People with self confidence have certain characteristics in common. Continue reading

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Japanese PM visits Russia to build 'personal confidence-based … – RT

Japanese PM visits Russia to build ‘personal confidence-based relations’Get short URLPublished time: April 28, 2013 10:38Share on TumblrTrendsKuril islands disputeTagsMeeting, Putin, Russia, Politics, Russia and the global economy, Infrastructure, Japan, Economy, Finance, Gas, WWII, Trade, EnergyThe Japanese Prime Minister will visit Moscow for the first time in a decade. Shinzo Abe pledged to reset ties with Russia, end a stalemate in bilateral relations, gain momentum in economic cooperation and finally enact a World War II peace treaty.Abe will visit Moscow at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a trip that will last until May 30. “I would like to build a trusted personal relationship with President Putin,” Abe told reporters at a media briefing at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.”The talks will mainly focus on prospects for further promotion of Russian-Japanese trade, economic, investment and energy cooperation,” the PM’s press service said.A considerable number of governmental agreements and business documents relating trade, investment and economic cooperation, inter-regional contacts, agreements in medicine, culture and sports will be signed, Kremlin’s press service said.Putin and Abe have held a number of personal meetings in the past, meeting several times during Abe’s previous premiership in 2006 and 2007, on the sidelines of the APEC summits in Hanoi and Sydney and the G8 summit in Hailigendamm.The last time the two communicated directly was in a telephone conversation last year. Continue reading

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The Moon Dwellers

My dad used to say the definition of stupidity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Or maybe that was the definition of crazyIn a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents’ crimes of treason.Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone Continue reading

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April Bulletin – National Federation of the Blind of California

Greetings Fellow Federationists:BELL is coming to California.For the first time, the NFB of California will sponsor the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) program for children. On July 15through July 26, 2013, blind and visually impaired children in the Los Angeles area will have the opportunity to develop an appreciation for Braille while they work and play. The program is intended to support the classroom instruction that students are receiving in their home district. Continue reading

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Notes on Fourth Session of 183rd General Conference

Fifth, if you count Priesthood session.Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Conducting; music, MoTabChoir: Come Ye Children of the Lord; Tell me the Stories of JesusJeffrey R. Holland, apostle:story of the boy with demons – “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to those who believe.” “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.”Alma, “Even if you can no more than desire to believe….”Speaking to young people – young in age, in membership, or in faith.1. When facing the challenge of faith, father asserts his strength first, then asks for help Continue reading

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