The past year, living under the weight of a global pandemic, most people have been trying their best to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus in a widespread effort to protect the most vulnerable among us and not overwhelm healthcare resources. But it’s also important to be aware of the benefits of risk-taking, not where it concerns health and well-being, but in terms of having the confidence to try new things, take action and worry less about failure.
A recent piece published by Maria Shriver includes interviews with several mothers and daughters conducted as part of a new book by researchers Katty Kay, Claire Shipman and Jillellyn Riley – Living The Confidence Code.
Confidence is the ability to move from an idea into action. Without embracing risk, and allowing for possible failure, we cannot live our fullest, most authentic lives. Speaking about risk across generations helps both young and older people learn to develop the confidence needed to take a leap and try new things. It’s learning new things and new skills that help keep us cognitively healthy in older age.
The more often people take a risk and jump into untested waters, the more the confidence muscle is flexed, allowing for greater growth. Understanding that failure is ok, taking risks becomes easier and individuals develop more confidence in themselves and more resilience. With more confidence and less fear, people of all ages can live a more fulfilling, authentic life that brings meaning and purpose.
We often think of older adults as role models or mentors but young people can also be inspirational and all generations have something they can learn from one another.
Read more about how to cultivate confidence and develop determination by visiting the Confidence Code Girls website here.