“My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite.”
– Terence McKenna
Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, lecturer, writer and author of several books. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, culture, technology and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He was also the creator of a mathematical theory of time based on patterns found in the I Ching which he termed novelty theory.
“It is more probable than not [that] an ultraintelligent machine will be built and that it will be the last invention that man need make, since it will lead to an ‘intelligence explosion.’ This will transform society in an unimaginable way.” (Irving Good, Speculations Concerning the First Ultraintelligent Machine, Advances in Computers, 1965)
Answer by Jason Sosa:
Lack of confidence is simply a habitual program that you’ve conditioned within your mind. It’s a form of learned helplessness. You feel fearful, unfamiliar, or inadequate and so you over think and become self aware. This causes your brain to slow down considerably, due to the fact that you are trying to control and be deliberate with your actions. You may feel a rush of adrenaline causing you to become even more anxious. Your hands sweat, your voice breaks, and this can become a vicious cycle leading to the point where you identify yourself as a person lacking confidence.
Confidence is like a table top. You’ll have to build legs, (or references) to support your beliefs. It’s a journey. Be patient and you’ll get there.
You are consciously trying to “have confidence” which you believe will result in getting what you desire. When really, what happens is that you get in your own way, and this limits the flow of spontaneous energy which naturally draws people toward you. There’s already greatness in you. I’m sure you’ve had moments when you’re in the flow and it’s effortless. Next time you feel that, remember that feeling and mark it in your mind. That’s confidence. It’s effortless. It will take some practice, put yourself out there and be persistent.
Below a few tips.