I have had several opportunities to step into a career that has always been apart of me. Nothing became of those opportunities because I had no confidence in myself or my abilities. I have always known what I wanted, but for some reason, at that time, it all seemed “too big and too risky.” I would sit in meetings, saying to myself, “What am I doing here, I don’t think I have what it takes, there’s no room for me.” I did not think I could “keep up.” That’s what I told myself. I literally panicked. I talked and thought myself out of the career that I am now moving back into. I know I said early on when I started this blog, that I would stay away from clichés but this one rings true: You can have all of the dreams in the world, but having no confidence makes those dreams null and void. Confidence exudes optimism and it draws people to you. Having confidence in what you can do and what you can offer makes people want to help you. Confidence goes beyond what you can do. Confidence equals being comfortable with YOU. That comfort makes it hard for you to look at another person as competition. A person that’s comfortable in his or her skin does not “size up” other people. (You know exactly what I’m talking out!) Being comfortable in your skin allows you to notice and draw inspiration from another. Confidence is not just a phase; it’s a lifestyle, a permanent mind-set. The next time you are picking out your attire for the day, I hope that you wear confidence with no apologies.