Updated: Jun 14, 2019
It is often said of confidence, "Fake it till you make it." What a load of crap.
You have to believe it to achieve it, However, I also think that "If you believe it, you can achieve it," is a load of crap.
Belief is necessary for achievement, just like hard work is necessary for success. But one does not guarantee the other.
You can't fake confidence. Confidence is earned through hard work and achieved success. Confidence is earned through overcoming hardship and failure. Confidence is earned by people who never give up. Confidence is earned through persistance and perseverance in the face of adversity. Confidence is earned by doing the work and doing it well.
Confidence doesn't guarantee success. But confidence is exuded by successful people.
Confidence is earned through hard work, and the belief in your ability to succeed, whatever the obstacle. But confidence is another one of those things that guarantees you nothing.
Confidence can't be fake. But it can be chosen.
Just like joy and happiness and love, confidence is yours for the taking.
Choose it, believe it, achieve it.