I ran across this quotation the other day that has proven to be very accurate for me personally:
“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.”
(William Jennings Bryan)
I can’t tell you how many times I have put this principle into practice, all with good result (once the initial fear subsided). Being a volunteer-aholic, I have difficulty saying “no,” and have often times found myself agreeing to do many things that have been new experiences and well outside my comfort zone. Yes, the fear was there, but so was the opportunity to learn something new and to enhance or develop a skill set. The fear eventually subsides, so my only advice to others — don’t let the fear cripple you into inaction. Move forward boldly and act.