Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Confidence is Contagious

con·fi·dence \kän-fə-dən(t)s, -ˌden(t)s\ noun
1 a: a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances
b: faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confidence

Consumer Confidence is based on feelings and faith, rather than factual data ( i.e., it's all in our heads). We all have the power to turn the economy around, one small act of faith at a time.

There are three paths one can follow:
Path one: Cut back, trim budgets, tighten up, react and prepare for the worst.
Path two: Do nothing. Sit back and hope things change.
Path three: Do something. Take positive action. Be pro-active.

We think the best path to pursue is being pro-active. Reach out and touch someone. It’s never too early to say thank you, don't wait until the traditional end of the year to send gifts and cards. Another great idea is to acknowledge life events such as birthdays, new babies, or accomplishments such as a promotion or new home. Random acts of gifting are also a great morale booster. Not only are you doing something to help turn the economy around, you’re setting yourself apart from the pack.

In what ways are you showing your confidence? The first three confident answers will receive a gift-prize from Baskets by Bonnie.

6 comments:

Portraits by Knight said...

Great post, Bonnie! I am showing my confidence by continuing my education. I am currently taking classes at Franklin University and also attending a photography marketing workshop with some of the industry's top studios in Dallas next weekend. I am confident that the information to create success in my business will come about by learning. No matter what the economic climate, I will have the tools to weather any storm!

Portraits by Knight said...

Great post, Bonnie! I am showing confidence by continuing my education. I am currently taking classes at Franklin University and also attending a workshop with some of the top photographers in the industry next weekend. I am confident that my business can be successful by implementing all the things that I am learning. No matter what the economic climate, I will have the tools to weather any storm!

Baskets by Bonnie said...

Sara is so confident, she posted 2x!
Unfortunately this only counts once.

I'll be by with your prize! Congrats!!!

Renee Kropat said...

Giving free classes to those who are now in bad economic shape - just to see their kids smile. Makes everyone happy! (Gallery 202 in Westerville). When ever you are down, art can keep you smiling.

Baskets by Bonnie said...

Great way to spread the Confidence, Renee! Congratulations, you are the 2nd prize-winner!

Email us your address so we can send you a gift.

mb said...

Bonnie,

Great discussion starter! One way I am generating confidence is by helping people speak with confidence, whether as they pursue that next job, the next sale or retain great people in the office.

If you see there are more ways the conversation piece can promote a sense of confidence in general, please don't hesitate to share!