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Operational Excellence. Many people can not imagine themselves performing with excellence because they do not
have the necessary confidence in their own capacities.
That is a problem affecting a high
percentage of human beings. Therefore this also affects performance at individual and group levels. As a
result, we may see it negatively influencing organizations and the economy as a whole.
“Lack of Self-confidence.”
I deal with it all the time. People from all walks of life and at all levels seem to have settled for this
characteristic of low self-esteem. Success is very hard to achieve under such circumstances. In my courses and
conferences about Personal Growth, Optimized Management or World-Class Entrepreneurship the common problem jumps
from anywhere in the groups.
Analyzing this in depth I have found the roots in our childhood. “Be humble” was a quite common recommendation we
would frequently get from our relatives, particularly grandmas… On top of this, religious groups would also submit
us to the “Power and Wisdom” of deities or even “Pastors or Ministers.” Nothing is wrong with having a faith in
something or someone, as long as we do not underestimate our own Power and Wisdom.
We see this phenomenon everywhere…
When we start integrating ourselves to
society, at school or even within our close circles of friends and family, we are taught or induced to
glorify “Heroes,” or “Champions.” They can be athletes, artists,
or any other kind of Celebrities. They are people who seem to be above the normality to which we belong. They
can be individuals or groups (Teams) whose skills or circumstances have made them extraordinaire. Again,
there is nothing wrong with that as long as we do not underestimate our own particular wonderful features. It
is unbelievable how some people will get affected for the losses of their favorite team or the defeat of
their political candidates.
The main problem that causes people to
lack Self-Confidence is that few schools create the sensation of true pride that builds our self-image.
Recently, the values of children are getting confused by the importance they give to all kinds of “Valuable
people,” and in many cases those personalities fail to deliver and go on drugs or other bad behaviors. That
can make us think that the right behavior is wrong!
Politicians, athletes, celebrities, and
religious leaders are human. They all can fail; many can fall on temptations or be deceived by the multiple
promoters of wrong doing. Wealth on ignorance is one of those
Celibacy in some religions is just
absurd and it causes their leaders to fail by nature. In the past all their deviations would be kept secret,
but in the information age we are living today, multiple scandals have reduced their credibility and they get
fewer followers all the time.
We need to believe or have a solid
support on something; if that something fails we can become unstable, confused, and
That is when our Self-Esteem has a
paramount importance in our lives. Start building a new image of yourself. Analyze all the excellent features
and strengths you have and can develop. Make a list, you will be gladly surprised of all that you had not
realized that you are and can be.
Feel happy and proud of yourself and then you will realize that never again the people, teams,
political parties, churches, artists, or athletes you like and support will drag you down if they happen to
fail. You still will enjoy and share their positives but their negatives will no longer bring you to a
sensation of loss.
We are winners by nature! we won among
millions the battle to fertilize our mom's egg!