How to Build Faith in Yourself and Change Your Life

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What are the three characteristics of confidence? Do people who have these characteristics tend to perform better than those who don’t?

According to Brendon Burchard, confidence is one of the must-have prerequisites for high performance. In his book High Performance Habits, he describes three characteristics of confidence and discusses their role in performance.

Keep reading to learn about Brendon Burchard’s characteristics of confidence: competence, congruence, and connection.

Confidence and High Performance

Even when under immense pressure, high performers know how to generate the confidence to push ahead. Confidence isn’t something you’re born with. It requires patience, hard work, and persistence.

Characteristics of Confidence

According to Brendon Burchard, there are three characteristics of confidence: competence, congruence, and connection.


High performers are confident in their abilities. They use their knowledge and skills to feed their confidence. To develop competence, take the time to master important skills. The more you know about a topic, the more confident you can be in your abilities. For example, if you’re a baseball player, and you’ve spent a lot of time practicing and perfecting your swing, you’re going to be more confident when you get to the plate. 


High performers are confident in who they are. They have a clear self-image and act in accordance with their values. To develop congruence, have a strong sense of identity, define your values, and set your intentions. Once you know those things, you won’t second guess any choices that align with them. For example, if you know you’re passionate about saving the environment, you’ll be confident in your efforts to become more eco-friendly.


High performers use their relationships to build their competence and congruence. They use interactions with their family, friends, and colleagues to learn more about themselves and their work. To develop connection, engage with the people around you and seek out opportunities for education and development. For example, if you’re a manager, taking the time to understand the dreams, fears, and concerns of your employees will give you more confidence to enact positive change.

Characteristics of Confidence: Know the 3 C’s

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Darya Sinusoid

Darya’s love for reading started with fantasy novels (The LOTR trilogy is still her all-time-favorite). Growing up, however, she found herself transitioning to non-fiction, psychological, and self-help books. She has a degree in Psychology and a deep passion for the subject. She likes reading research-informed books that distill the workings of the human brain/mind/consciousness and thinking of ways to apply the insights to her own life. Some of her favorites include Thinking, Fast and Slow, How We Decide, and The Wisdom of the Enneagram.

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