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How to Build Up Confidence: Start With Courage

Written by Allison Wolf

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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About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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