Lack of confidence manifests itself for many reasons. Starting a new job, having colleagues with more skills or qualifications than yourself, poor relationships with other staff, an unsupportive employer, or just being too hard on yourself are just a few of the reasons for having a lack confidence at work. Whatever the reason, building your confidence at work is possible. Not only will being more confident eliminate the negative consequences of self-doubt, it will also lead to a more progressive and enjoyable development in your career. Confidence is an attractive quality to employers and also portrays a positive outward image of the company, which makes you a more valuable employee. Confidence shows you can be trusted to deliver and your employer will be more likely to give you more responsibility and further promotion. Colleagues will be more comfortable associating and working with someone successful and not likely to negatively affect their own work.
So how do you Become More Confident at Work?
Confidence is like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the more it grows. The first steps are the hardest; after that confidence builds on itself as success follows success. Once you have successfully achieved an aim make sure you continue to take on greater challenges, continually breaking through your circle of comfort. If you don’t continually stretch your comfort zone it will begin to shrink back. To start, you need to find the reasons for lack of confidence and acknowledge the reasons as the cause. Remember, even the most confident of people will have times of self doubt for reasons particular to them. The reasons they continue to succeed is that they will recognise their ‘fears’ but not allow these fears stop their aims being achieved.
Reassure Yourself with the Facts Not Your Fears
You have the knowledge, or the ability to learn. Face your fears and take them on. Again, the more this done the easier it gets and success builds belief. Master your fears, don’t be a slave to them. Choose your fights wisely, acting on those of your choosing rather than what others suggest you do. You’ve much more chance of success if your aims are for something you believe in, not for what others think are good for you.
Don’t solicit praise from others as you will become to rely on it, and true confidence comes from within. Also, avoid bragging about your achievements. Getting acolades from others to certify your achievements will lead to a dependence on others and it can also become an unattractive quality in itself. Taking on your fears to build your confidence is about being more successful not massaging your ego.
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach, Mentor & Writer. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps people achieve their goals and dreams.