Isn't it funny how as soon as other people see potential in you (and let you know about it) then you start to believe in yourself? You start to feel like you have potential too? This happens to me in dance a whole lot. As soon as I feel like someone believes in me, I get the boost I need to fuel the fire of self-confidence and continue, renewed, toward my goals.
*of course I believe in myself to some degree. I would have quit long ago had I not felt the burning desire to succeed. side-note ended.*
I just think it's an interesting phenomenon that happens in my life, but especially in dance. For example. I am not the stereotypical stick-thin, delicate ballerina. I used to feel like this would hinder me in future auditions or opportunities because I'm not the "standard body-type." That is, until a friend on my company told me that I reminded her of Sofiane Sylve (a powerful, strong professional dancer from France):
photo from dance.net
*That's not to say that I dance like her. I am a far, far cry from her precision and expertise. end side-note again.*
She is powerful and strong, not a fragile bone-rack. The potential my friend saw in me gave me the confidence boost I needed.
The questions I have now are... why can't we see our own potential? Why do we refuse to see what we can become until someone else tells us? Imagine how amazing we could be if we would just get out of our own way and let ourselves flourish...