Publication Date: March 24, 2014, 3:16 p.m.
“What is the specific impact you would like to see on yourselves after attending that seminar?”. That was the first question I made to the participants during the “Self-Confidence, Self-Development” workshop. The meeting took place on the 22nd of January at the non profital organization “Kyklos”.
I usually make this kind of questions at the beginning of the seminars because I believe that the benefits we take from our acts are multiplied when we know our purpose. Besides the intention of the workshops is not only to communicate the essential knowledge but also to motivate the participants to transform this knowledge into action!
The answers the participants gave to me were different. More trust to their decisions, assertiveness and comfort when presenting in public where some of the answers. We talked about plenty of things. For example, we talked about how when we do not really believe we can achieve something we motivate ourselves less and, in contrast, how every little “victory” helps us keep on track with success. In any case, my advice is that the first step to gain self-confidence in doing something we believe we are not capable of is to step aside from these bad voices of insecurity.
During the exercises I challenged the participants to discover themselves through their fears, strengths and weaknesses. They all revealed sides of themselves and I was really happy that they gave me the opportunity to debunk their fears and make them wonder “ What is it eventually that makes it so hard?”
We closed the seminar with a promise it was difficult but worthwhile to elicit: from the next day (if not the same as promised) every participant is going to make at least one positive change applying what he learned at the seminar!