Many times we don’t know how good we are at something. A lot of times we don’t even take the time to reflect how good we actually are. And when we do, most of the time we don’t have a clue if we are good at something. Either we think we know a lot and tend to think bigger of ourselves then we are. We call this the Dunning–Kruger effect. On the other side, we have the Impostor syndrome which makes people who are very good at something feel that this cannot possibly be true and that they are really faking their way through their work.
It’s time, despite this knowledge, to assess our own abilities. Time to grow!
What steps to take for the practice
This is an easy practice that you can use to work on your own confidence about any subject. The only thing you need to perform this practice is to get a pen, a piece of paper, and your own mind.
Follow this six-step guide:
First: What are you doing at the moment where you like to grow in? This will be your subject. Write this one down.
Second: Draw a line from 1-10 on the piece of paper.
Third: Rate your current number of confidence. What number would you give your confidence when you think about the subject?
Fourth: Below the line, write down some of your thoughts about why you selected that number. Be aware or your limiting assumptions!
Fifth: One of these things you just wrote down can be your tension, create a prototype to fight this tension and test it.
Sixth: Two weeks later: reflect and repeat the whole session from step 2.