Study after study has shown that highly successful people possess high levels of self-confidence–a rock solid belief in their abilities. This confidence stems from the fact that they have very large “comfort zones.” The reason for this is that highly successful people, as they go through life, are constantly trying out new and different things–they are continually expanding their comfort zones while those around them are content to keep their comfort zones just as they are. This is why highly successful people are likely to see a glass as being half full as opposed to half empty and why they are more apt to see opportunity when those around them only see risk.
So, if you want to increase your self-confidence one baby step at a time, start expanding your comfort zone on a daily basis–order something new from the dinner menu, introduce yourself to someone at work who you currently don’t know, learn another language or attend a self-improvement class. If you do, your perception of what you can make happen will dramatically increase and you’ll start seeing opportunities in places where you only saw risks. – Ross Reck