According to Neuroscience, Confidence is Contagious. Here’s Why

It’s a scientifically-proven that entrepreneurs are generally more self-confident than the average individual. In fact, it’s usual to the point that they’re considered overconfident.

However, this does not have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can actually be completely positive.

Self-confidence allows entrepreneurs to visualize success while having difficulty to visualize failure. Thus, entrepreneurs will often take risks where others won’t.

Although, this does more than just change your own behavior and psychology. In fact, it will also change the psychology of those around you.

According to neuroscience, self-confidence is indeed contagious due to the phenomenon of mirror neurons. As Margaret Steward put it in her 2017 master’s thesis:

“The mirror neuron system complicates the ‘old monkey see, monkey do’ adage. Mirror neurons can be likened to ‘monkey see, monkey’s neurons fire as if monkey did, but in reality, the monkey did not do.’”

Hence, Jim Rohn has, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

So, how confident is your peer group?

How confident are the leaders of your organisation?

How confident are you?

Self-efficacy (which is defined as one’s belief in their capacity to attain a given level of performance) and confidence are very much the same thing. Thus, confidence is your belief that you can succeed.

In order to believe you can succeed, however, you already need to see yourself successful moving in the right direction.

You need to see your goals and objectives coming closer and closer. You need to live congruently and finish what you started.

As others are driven to move towards their goals and take more risks, so will you. Thus, confidence is contagious.

If a leader is confident, then so will be their followers.

If each employee is confident, then there will be greater results for the entire organisation.

So, how will you implement this in your business?