One of the most popular blog posts I have ever written was If You Want to be a Rainmaker, “You Gotta Believe”, I wrote it a couple of years ago and even if you read it then, I urge you to go back and read it again.
I have personally witnessed the importance of believing in the lawyers I coach. One great example is Holland and Hart partner Andrea Anderson. I wrote about her and included an excerpt from a podcast interview in Client Development Coaching: You will learn what will work for you. Her practice has taken off like a rocket ship after she gained confidence from our work together that she could be successful using her own unique strengths.
I frequently find research supporting how important it is to believe in yourself and have self confidence. Just last week I read: Confidence Matters Just as Much as Ability. The article discusses perceived differences between men and women in math and based on studies done reach the conclusion that for both men and women:
What we believe is true matters.
This finding reminded me of something Napoleon Hill wrote 80 years ago. He said:
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
How can you become more confident? How did Andrea become more confident? The researchers referenced in the article say that positive encouragement is the key.
I know it is true. I was able to conceive and believe in part because senior lawyers encouraged me and believed in me. Almost every lawyer I have coached who became more successful began with conceiving and believing they could successfully attract clients.
Find a senior lawyer who believes in you and sees your potential. That lawyer will help you become more confident.