As a little boy I was terrified to get onto a bicycle at first, but agreed when my father said he would hold the bike from behind. Some aimless circling and shrieks later, I managed to find my balance secure in the knowledge that strong hands were holding the rear. And this was repeated the following day as well and the day after. It became an early morning routine that lasted a few minutes, each day. On one of those days I chanced to look behind and saw my father standing some way off, smiling. I was riding all by myself! When did he let go?
He had let go some days back, my father later shared.
Confidence in oneself requires a good measure of self-belief and motivation. Motivate others to try new things, help them to learn what you know. One of the qualities of a good leader, at any level, is the ability to encourage people to attempt new things, venture beyond their comfort zone and achieve. Try to motivate someone at the workplace. Help them to make that difficult telephone call with confidence or to write a business proposal or make a brief introduction or announcement at the start of a group meeting – just anything that he/she is unsure of or hasn’t attempted before.
And don’t forget to gently handhold from behind.