Reify 8&21

Welcome to your 3-minute pause. Let's focus on your practice of pursuing awesome.



What does “Confidence” mean?

When you hear the word “Confidence”, 

what do you think of?



The root of confidence

The word “confidence” is derived from the Latin word confīdentia, literally translating to “firmly trusting.”


The root of confidence is not bravado or pride; it's not ego or vanity; it's not even proficiency or expertise.


It's trust. 


So self-confidence is simply trusting yourself

Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism, 

and it’s not a character attribute. 

It’s the expectation of a positive outcome.


- Rosabeth Moss Kanter, 

Professor at Harvard Business School and Director and 

Chair of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative


Growing confident


"Do one small brave thing,

and then the next one will be easier,

and soon confidence will flow."

- Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, The Confidence Code: 
The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know



Play your highlight reel


Can you see your confident self? 


Try to visualize the times that you've been confident, 

or brave, or strong.


Simply visualizing yourself as confident is a healthy mental workout. You’re carving neural patterns in your brain—which you can rely on the next time you need to 

trust yourself.

"From a neuroscientific point of view, imagining an act and doing it are not as different as they sound…

Brain scans show that in action and imagination 

many of the same parts of the brain are activated. 

That is why visualizing can improve performance."

- Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself: 
Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science


Visualizing yourself as confident isn't always easy. It can take practice, bravery, and resilience.


“Moments of resilience arise when we lose sight of ourselves—that's when we need resilience to help us see ourselves.”


- Nancy Polo, 

Reify Conversation participant



The practice of confidence

Just believe in yourself

Even if you don’t, 

pretend that you do and, 

at some point, 

you will.”


What do you trust most about yourself? 




Reify 8&21 is a digital publication 

intentionally sent on the 8th and 21st
to disrupt your status-quo 

with an encouraging reset.


Photo Credits: 


dictionary photo by Pisit Heng

woman with map photo by Daniel Gonzalez

compass photo by Chris Lawton 

woman with camera photo by Nadeena Granville

map on table photo by Element5 Digital

compass journal photo by Colton Sturgeon 

woman traveling Photo by Ross Sneddon