As we have seen, confidence is a tool on our journey towards self-actualization – hence the need for a growth mindset and hence the use of CBT principles to question our (perhaps fixed) assumptions regarding our capabilities.
Certainly, there are traits for confidence – attributes to be acquired or at least understood (see Part Two). But if you’re looking for a ‘eureka’ moment – when your life will change forever – you may be waiting in vain. Worse, you could end up wasting time and money (and the invested emotion of hope) on quick-fix techniques – such as hypnotism or acupuncture – that can boost confidence temporarily. Indeed, they may provide the sense of euphoria you seek. Yet so can alcohol or cocaine, with the inevitable hangover ...