How does one gain confidence? Well, personally, I obtained general confidence years ago after faking it for a really long time. I was really shy going into high school, but as I took on more leadership positions and found myself needing to take charge and lead others, I had to at least pretend that I had the confidence to do so. I would speak with conviction and purpose and captivate the audience. After a while, I found that I actually was not pretending anymore. I knew what I was doing and I felt comfortable being a leader and having people's attention. Less generally speaking though, I think confidence comes from practice. It comes from knowing what is asked of you and knowing how to get it done. It comes from believing that you have the necessary tools to complete the task. It's hard to imagine sometimes, but often we really do know what we are doing and how to do it. This translates directly to scientific writing, in that the more practice I got, the more confident I felt that I could at least put together a decent paper conveying my ideas.
|I was searching for a picture to illustrate confidence and when I found this one with a lion on it, I was sold.|
1) Keep smiling through it all, I'm not sure exactly how this relates to confidence, but how can you be not confident while having a bold grin on your face? Smiling is just good for you anyway.
2) Don't stress. Believe that you have all the necessities.
3) Be prepared. This one is really important. One thing that really helped with making the Mod 3 mini report not stressful was basically having all of the figures and captions ready to go before class. Having that solid starting foundation made things move a lot more smoothly and efficiently. Starting is always the hardest part, so having something prepared helps knock down that initial wall.
Confidence is key.
Mod 1 - check, Mod 2 - check, Mod 3 - check, research proposal presentation - let's do this.