I’d rather be confident than perfect, so I’m going to practice getting confident.

The adage of “practice makes perfect” needs to be changed to “practice makes confident.” But why is confidence so important?

“Confidence equals security equals positive emotion equals better performance,” says Tony Schwartz (author of Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live)

Yes. BETTER PERFORMANCE. In any domain, industry, function. You want to perform better, right? You want to feel good about yourself. No, you don’t get to answer “no” to these two questions.

We’re all in agreement that there is no such thing as being perfect, in anything, ever. In fact, just the mere effort of trying to be perfect will leave you stumped, depressed, and feeling unworthy. Look it up.

So, let’s shift our focus from the idea of practicing to reach perfection to practicing to improve our confidence. Practice makes confident. There are many things you can do to improve your confidence. People have written entire books about this, but I’m just going to touch upon the concept of the confidence muscle.

What’s this confidence muscle?

You can build your confidence by thinking of it as a muscle that needs to be trained. The only way to run longer, faster, and easier is by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. The way you train your body to lift more is by literally lifting more. If you see your confidence as a muscle that needs to be trained, you will give it the time it deserves. That means stepping up at each available opportunity.

Tiffani Bova refers to this as the confidence muscle in her podcast “What’s next.”

So ask yourself, RIGHT NOW, as you are reading these words, “What area do I want to be more confident in?“. Once you identify your area, look for opportunities to practice it.

Practice makes confident.

I’ll be honest with you. I opened up my YouTube channel so that I could practice being confident in front of the camera. Being on camera was an unfathomable activity for me, so I stayed away from it for years. I didn’t believe I could do anything in front of the camera, yet here I’m feeling more confident each time I turn it on.

I’m utterly excited at the idea of building my confidence to a level where telling my truth will be second nature to me, where I won’t second guess myself, my speech, or my delivery. I dream of a day where I can take up ALL the space at the table and not feel guilty about it. I’m practicing this by being on camera as much as I can be.

The more I speak in front of a group of people, the more likely I am to get the confidence I need to do that when it really matters. The more I get to work on crafting my speeches, the more likely I am to organize my thoughts succinctly, find ways to influence and impact my audience.

Ever since I decided to jump on the YouTube bandwagon and bought into its journey, I find myself constantly coming up with ideas for videos.

I know that the more practice I get, the faster I’ll reach the confidence level I’m seeking. No matter how botched my speech might be, my confidence will increase. And regardless of how nervous I might be, one day, I won’t be as nervous.

After all, as an introvert, being put on the spot and asked to give an impromptu speech is probably the same feeling as being pushed off of a bridge unexpectedly.

I don’t know about you, but I want to do everything I can to avoid such a feeling. The only way I know how to do that is by preparing for it. And the only way I know how to prepare for something is to overcompensate. The only way I overcompensate is by practicing something over and over and over.

My speeches will probably never be perfect because I won’t always use the right tone at the right time or smile when I should smile. But I sure will be confident speaking my heart away.

Because practice makes confident.