Why You Need Courage, Rather Than Confidence

Why You Need Courage, Rather Than Confidence

What does it take to accomplish a goal? Often, we will wait to do something because we don’t feel like we have enough confidence to do it. We put it off and wait for the right moment.

I am guilty of this; I let a work bully tear me down for a year and a half while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I tried so many different things during this time, such as consulting while blogging. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and my confidence was declining with each day I stayed at my toxic job.

Why You Need Confidence, Rather Than Courage

And then, one day, I decided that instead of waiting for confidence to come around, I was going to have courage, and just go for it.

Confidence: the quality or state of being certain.

Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

I literally hit my breaking point with the work bully, and I built up the courage to quit my job, rather than wait for the confidence to leave. It scared the shit out of me to leave behind a stable salary after we’d just bought a condo and I had accrued even more debt from my MBA program.

My confidence was at an all-time low because of the work bully, and I really didn’t believe in my ability to create value for others. But, I relied on courage to launch Style Collective in 2016, rather than confidence.

So, here I am again, at a crossroads of confidence vs. courage. We have been saving and planning to move to Raleigh, NC since we visited two years ago. And, last month, we found a new community in the exact location we have wanted to move to. I am just starting to turn the corner of profitability with my business (since I have been putting 100% back in for the last year) and am scared shitless to commit to buying new construction. I am an entrepreneur, so my income is not guaranteed. But, we are officially moving to Raleigh this October/November (yay!) and we are designing a new home (pinch me), and once again, I am leveraging courage during this process, rather than confidence.

Why You Need Confidence, Rather Than Courage Why You Need Confidence, Rather Than Courage

I challenge you to think about the difference between these two words. What is holding you back from doing what you want to do? Is it confidence, or is it courage? Because I can tell you right now that if you wait for confidence, you’ll be waiting forever. If you take a chance with courage, you will come out stronger than you ever thought possible.

Love This? SHARE IT!
  • Congrats on the move, Annie!! I love the idea of confidence vs courage. I find they do go a bit hand in hand but there are too many people who don’t take the leap so really, life is just too short to not have the courage. In fact, I wish I started earlier! It’s so refreshing to hear other stories and I love reading about the success of SC! Can’t wait to see the progress of the house and congrats again girl!!! xx Shannon

    • Aw thank you so much Shan!! You are such a sweetheart. xoxo

  • This is so great that you’re moving to where you want to live! Yes, courage is a stronger force than confidence. I did it when I decided to move from my country to Miami, it was scarry but I had the courage.

    • You are so brave, I love that you did that! You are stronger from taking that chance! Bravo!!

  • Couldn’t love this post more. Proud to know you sistah!

    • Love you, boo!! So happy we finally got to meet last week. Like did that really happen?!

  • OMG Annie I am SO EXCITED for you guys!!! Ahh I need to make it home for another visit before you guys leave!! This post is spot on it’s all about just taking the leap!! Brilliant as always and I’m so exited to brainstorm home decor with you!! ?


    • Ahh thank you so much Caitlin! How is school going?! I will be here until the end of August, so hopefully you will be back before then to enjoy New England summer! 🙂