A few years ago I found myself sitting down to begin a mix in a studio I had never worked in before. Earlier that day I had forgotten the session hard drive and thus drove a two hour return trip to retrieve the damn thing, which left me absolutely flustered and unfocused. A combination of these two things had my confidence levels lower than they should have been, thus the following few hours were riddled with stress, doubt and second guessing. None of which, funnily enough, are helpful when mixing. The day got better and I finally found my feet, but man that was a shit time.
Since then it has become apparent to me that confidence is a crucial part of ones mental preparation leading into a mixing session (or any professional situation for that matter). Something that is often completely overlooked in most "How To" guides to mixing found either online or in print. So when I find articles that talk about confidence then I feel obliged to share them.
The writer of this article (Cocky Asshole Mixers And Why You Must Be One) is in the right ballpark, just replace the word "cocky" with "confident" and you'll be on the right track.
For further reading check out Mixerman's Zen And The Art Of Mixing. By far one of the best explanations on what goes on inside the mind of a A-List Mixer.
Now go forth and MIX!
Audio Nerds of the world unite!