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Talk About Confidence 论“信心”

(2008-07-29 10:19:50)
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李阳疯狂英语

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We may know well that confidence is crucial to making successes. Then, have you ever thought of what confidence really is ?It not, read the following article to comprehend why confidence is acquired, not given.  

大家可能清楚知道,信心对获取成功是非常重要的。既然这样,大家是否曾经思考过:信心真正是什么呢?没有的话,读读以下短文,就能够理解为什么信心是要通过努力获得而不是别人给予的。

 

[1] If you asked me to choose the single greatest benefit I could claim as the result of my Toastmasters experience, I would choose confidence. With so many skills and techniques to be learned, confidence can be the most elusive. Confidence is stealthy. It creeps up on you, slowly at first, then building in intensity until one day you realize it’s there.

[2] Confidence is not the thing that propels you to the front of a room to give a talk. That’s courage. Confidence is not what gives you the ability to speak fluently and elegantly on your topic. That’s expertise. Nor is confidence the way in which you move about the platform, your emphatic gestures or your booming voice. That’s presentation style. The actual substance of your contribution is more subtle, more sophisticated than mere flash.

[3] Confidence is quieter. It comes from the knowledge that no matter the calamity or crisis, you can trust your ability to cope gracefully. Confidence is that esoteric something that can be difficult to describe, yet you know it when you see it.

[4] Confidence is acquired, not given. It is an idiosyncrasy in our language that we say, “That really gave me a lot of confidence.” I tend to think of confidence “given” as that which is temporary, such as a compliment. It can be fleeting, when, for example, you are the recipient of an unflattering remark ten minutes later. Instead, think of confidence as the result of a simple mathematical equation: Time plus experience equals confidence.

[5] The first portion of the equation, time, is a constant. Time elapses, whether you like it or not. The second part of the equation is the variable. Experience is simply trial and error, trial and success. You must have both, or there will be nothing that can be learned. In any competition, it is the person who comes in at second place that gains more from the experience. It is the second place winner who picks apart his performance, analyzes every angle, and strategizes the next step to success. No one likes to lose, but if you are at all competitive you will use the next attempt and the experience of coming up short to win. How many times have you said, “I won’t make that mistake again”? Knowledge is one of the ingredients that makes experience a variable. We choose to learn from our mistakes.

[6] Confidence doesn’t come from being told that you are good, it lies in knowing that you’re good. From there, greatness is an exercise. It’s up to you to use time and experience to your fullest potential. This may require new choices, but by that time you will have earned the confidence you will need to go as far as you desire. You will also possess the skills and experience that will enable you to teach others. Talk about confidence!

 

[1]做主持人的经历让我收获良多,假如要我从中选出最大的收获,我很可能选择信心。有那么多技能和技巧要学,其中,信心应该是最难的。信心让人难以捉摸。刚开始,它慢慢爬在你身上,然后,强烈膨胀直至你最终意识到它的存在。

[2]信心不能驱使你走向讲台发表言辞,驱使你的是勇气。信心不可以让你在谈论话题时表现得流利、优雅,让你做到的是专长。信心不能够让你在台上走来走去,做出显眼的手势及用扯高嗓门发言。让你这样做的是表达方式。真正起作用的东西比瞬间更微妙、更复杂。

[3]比较而言,信心要文静一些。信心源自不管出现了灾难或是危机,自己都相信可以优雅应付的学问。信心是深奥的、难以形容。不过,当你见到信心,你就会明白信心是什么。

[4]信心是要争取的,不是别人给的。“那真的给了我许多信心。”这句话只是我们语言的特点。我本想认为,像表扬之类“给予”的信心是暂时的。这种信心是短暂的,例如,10分钟过后听到并没有称赞自己的言论。但现在,我认为信心是简单数学方程式,即“时间+经验=信心”。

[5]时间构成该等式的第一部分,是一个常量。不管你喜不喜欢,时间总会消逝。等式的第二部分是个变量。经验就是尝试、错误后再尝试、获得成功。我们必须同时具备时间和经验,不然的话,什么都学不会。任何比赛,都是亚军获得更多经验。亚军会仔细拆分自己的表现,分析每个环节,部署下一步以争取成功。没有人喜欢失败,但假如你一直具备竞争力,你就会再尝试,并且凭借经验找到成功的捷径。“我不会再犯那错误”这句话你说了多少遍了?知识是能够让经验变得不可知的其中一个原因。

[6]信心并非来自别人的夸赞,而取决于认识到:自己确实棒、干得确实好。有了这样的认识,伟大就是训练。如何运用时间和经验以发挥自己最大的潜能,全靠你自己。这或许需要新的选择,但在这之前,无论你有多大的理想,你一定要拥有追求这些理想所必需的信心。同时,你也需要掌握将这些传授他人的技能和经验。谈论“信心”吧!

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