The scenes at Anfield last night were quite incredible.  Nobody really gave them a chance, even the most ardent Liverpool fan thought it was probably a bridge too far against Barcelona, and in particular Messi.  So how did they do it?  Apart from skill and fitness, it was largely due to self-belief.

Self-belief is such an important factor when it comes to success.  If you don’t have trust in yourself then the likelihood is that you’re going to come up short, whether that be in a football match or other pressurised situations.  When interviewing for a job it is important you believe you are the right person they are looking for, this will then reflect a positive image of you as a candidate and give you a better chance of getting offered the position.

Don’t get me wrong, even with self-belief you may not get the desired outcome, but this is where you need to have resilience and not let the set back define you.  Just because you weren’t the right person in this instance doesn’t mean you won’t be for the next one.

Confidence is something that comes more easily to some than others, but there are steps you can take to help you with this if it is something you struggle with.  We can all have a crisis of confidence from time to time but how you react to this is key, don’t bury your head in the sand, confront it and apply a process to help boost your self-esteem.  One fundamental way of doing this is by being honest with your peers and your managers, as the old adage goes ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’.  A strong support network can be invaluable to your growth as an individual.

So the take away from this would be to work on your self-belief because what holds you back a lot of the time is yourself.  Liverpool had the inner desire and confidence to achieve the almost impossible, great things can happen if you believe in yourself.

Adam Williams

Technical & Engineering Consultant

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