Is a tricky little character. Too much, and it becomes arrogance, hubris. 

Too little and and we find ourselves swimming under water, the sense of a world of possibility so close, yet so very far.

There is a place where we might be, tethered to the who of our nature. To our skills and experience. Not needing to shout, and completely able to speak with dignity and respect.

In our confidence is a simplicity. Our ability to communicate who we are becomes a transmission, no longer requiring embellishment. 

Confidence is co-present with integrity. For in its lack or excess there is an emptiness, an absence.

Every human I have ever met has experienced a slump in confidence at some time, no matter what their circumstances.

The path back is aided by people who see what you cannot in your moment of doubt. People who offer you a truth about your nature that you might have exiled. 

Most humans have spent time on the arrogant side of confidence, where the boast speaks to our deeper sense of lack.

Good friends and foe’s will kindly and perhaps cruelly remind us that the boast is unfounded. We might find ourselves on our knees, reduced from our puffery.

To stand in our confidence is to stand in our truth. No more, no less.

Photo taken November 11th 2017

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About Dr Christine McDougall


For over twenty years, Dr. Christine McDougall has been the go-to confidant for hundreds of intensely driven, successful businessmen, providing them with a safe private space and incisive facilitation that allows them to overcome inner obstacles and accelerate their growth, away from a world that often punishes them for showing any kind of vulnerability or perceived weakness. They see the future of enterprise as self managed and developmental, with a committed transparent social covenant. Their own leadership development is a non negotiable part of their company vision.

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