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A Coach's Guide to Emotional Intelligence: Strategies for Developing Successful Leaders by Marcia Hughes, James Bradford Terrell

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SELF-CONFIDENCE

Heredity and our early experience of the world have a profound impact on our self-confidence and what and how we learn later in life. They influence not only the direction in which we head, but whether we recognize the opportunities along the way and whether we will move toward or away from those opportunities. As early as the seventh month in utero, we begin constructing our model of the world out of the ceaseless stream of sensations that we record in our central nervous system, musculature, and at the cellular level of our physiology. These fundamental memories of our experience are encoded with all our pleasant and unpleasant associations and help determine what we can notice and what we choose to pay attention to. This ...

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