Becoming confident takes practice, calculated risk-taking, and changes in the way you think, say Kay, Shipman, and Sincero. Here are six habits confident people share:
1. They Push Themselves Outside Of Their Comfort Zone
Nothing builds confidence like taking action, especially when the action involves risk and failure, say Kay and Shipman. Confident people start small and continue to take action until they become more comfortable with the risk.
“Nerves are normal—everyone has them,” write Kay and Shipman. “The difference between a confident person and an unconfident person is simply that the confident person acts on their ambitions and desires and doesn’t let fear of failure stop them.”
2. They View Failure As Information
Confident people are not immune to failure; instead of letting it stop them, they view it as an information-gathering session.
“It’s a notch in their belt and proof that they’ve started moving in the direction they want to go,” says Sincero. “Confident people thank the experience for the lesson, and then they course-correct.”
It’s not the strongest species that survives, say Kay and Shipman, it’s the one that’s most adaptable.
3. They Watch Their Language
Sincero says confident people don’t speak badly about themselves. Instead, they question their self-doubts.
“Instead of believing something is 100% true—such as feeling like a loser—they realize that they bought into something that’s not certain and they attach feelings to new belief,” she says.
Kay and Shipman call that getting rid of NATS (negative automatic thoughts): “Women are particularly prone to NATS. We think we make one tiny mistake and we dwell on it for hours and hours … and it kills our confidence,” they write.
To get rid of NATS, the coauthors suggest reminding yourself of three good things you did for every negative thought you have. Eventually this technique will help you eliminate the tendency to think badly about yourself.
4. They Take Responsibility
Instead of feeling like a victim of their circumstances, confident people take ownership of their situation and do something about it, says Sincero.
“They don’t blame their parents or others, they take responsibility and change the things that are getting in the way of their goals,” she says.
5. They Seek Out Inspiration And Advice
Sincero says confident people read books, take classes, practice meditation, and find coaches and mentors who have done the things they want to do.
“If you’re confident then you don’t feel weird about showing your vulnerability and opening yourself up to learning from somebody else,” she says. “Insecure people stay where they are because they’re afraid of admitting their weaknesses.”
Lets make sure our children are given the opportunity to build their confidence. -Kevin
After consulting with the student-principals for the day, Ghanem Al Kandari, Salah Al Dandachli, and Maryam Al Sabah, it was decided that this Wednesday, March 4th, will be a dress-down/favorite sports team day. Staff and students should wear their favorite sports team clothing and/or simply dress down, as they would any other regular dress-down day.
We love seeing parents on campus. You are a key part of our school community. There are protocols that we need to follow to make sure that our children are handled in a manner that is respectful.
Please feel comfortable approaching staff with concerns for your child. Please feel comfortable approaching them with praise as well! Your input and feedback from conversations at home can be very helpful to us. We need to work together for the benefit of your child.
Please never approach someone else’s child in the school for the purpose of discipline or exploring a problem. Bring the issue to school staff so it can be investigated appropriately. It is very intimidating and inappropriate for a school parent to address a child in this fashion. Your intentions may be good but it may not be perceived that way by the child or possibly the parents of the child.
The Elementary Gate #2 (the blue gate closest to our front parking lot) will now close at 7:40AM for morning drop-off. Students arriving after 7:40AM will enter through our Main Gate. This closure is in the interest of student safety. No exceptions will be made.
Thank you so much for your help and assistance keeping our children safe.
AIS Sports Day for Elementary School is on Thursday, February 19th! Students will participate in various activities and games on campus. The day will be divided up to allow us to accommodate the spaces required. It will be a normal dismissal at 2:30.
7:55 – 11:00 Grades 1 and 2
11:30 – 2:10 Grades 3 – 5
Most events will be held outdoors on the AIS Campus. Students need to dress for sports and wear appropriate shoes. Students are also encouraged to bring a hat, sunglasses and make sure they have water!
Drinks and snacks will be available for sale in the canteen so ensure they bring extra money for refreshments.
NOTE: If it is raining or considered a red day because of dust and we are not able to continue, Sports Day will be postponed and students will report to class for a regular day of school.
Please do not hesitate to contact the office with any questions or concerns.