September/October 2020

The Thriving Lawyer

Superpower Confidence Without Certainty

Anne E. Collier

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” is often ascribed to Winston Churchill. The sentiment being that even in the face of adversity, life affords opportunities to do things that you could not otherwise accomplish.

Thus far, 2020 has been a difficult year. It certainly has tested and continues to test our confidence. The levels of unpredictability, instability and ambiguity have uniquely stressed us. They seem more like a paradigm shift than the normal vagaries of life. As the “new normal” evolves, some of us feel out of our depth. We question whether the ground we’re standing on is solid. We question our personal myths about what we should be doing and how life should be. Add the fact that in the United States we are not accustomed to experiencing scarcity and fear of failure at such a large scale. It has shaken our confidence. 

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