Self-control breeds confidence because it makes us feel capable – if we don’t feel in control of ourselves then we don’t feel capable of accomplishing our goals. Why? Because when we have self-control we can direct ourselves toward doing the most important tasks and get them done well – we know how to get ourselves to function at our optimum. Our whole mindset is strengthened.
This most certainly extends to acting. It’s crucial to hone a concrete, repeatable technique which you can control and which holds up under intense pressure. It seems to be stating the obvious, but so many actors don’t have this. Without it you will be forever hoping some “emotion” will come to rescue you, or that the director will be nice to you. Or you just won’t be very good in which case you’ll only ever get anywhere by being numbingly ignorant. If you don’t have that ignorance or the little elves fail to come to your aid, then you will be severely limited in what you may accomplish*.
Possessing a concrete technique of acting means self-control, which in turn leads to confidence and accomplishment.
*certainly getting your own project off the ground will seem incomprehensible to you – concrete acting technique is the cornerstone of this.