Many junior lawyers experience concerns with a lack of confidence and questions about how to gain more. Rest assured, you are not alone in this feeling. It is a common challenge and one that is addressed in my coaching and mentorship program, the AMP (Associate Mentorship Plus) Club in the context of early-career navigation and practice.
I wish I had more confidence.
Yes, having confidence would be beneficial and it is important to remember where confidence sits in the learning curve. When we are trying something new, or called to take action in a way that we haven’t before, we experience stress. This is a natural response to this novel experience. Our stress response is there to help us perform at our best. What is needed is courage. The courage to act. Through our actions we develop competence, and over time competence leads to confidence.
Courage comes first.
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