We all suffer from that occasional bout of insecurity and low confidence, but some people are essentially defined by these very self-doubts. Executive Traveller takes a look at 10 ways to boost your confidence at work.
Stay focused on you
Every office has its fair share of politics, rumours and and non-productive maneuvers. But what is important is that you stay on-task and stay focused. Not only does this label you as a good worker, it helps you realize that honouring time and giving in good work, does wonders to your confidence.
Identify your strengths and capitalize on them
Though you might believe that you are not great at most things, remember that each one of us has a fair share of strengths. And one of the best ways to build confidence is to confidence is to get clear on your strengths and find ways to integrate those strengths into what you do every day. Not only are you a better performer at work, this also gives you an opportunity to maximize your strengths.
Identify weaknesses, and work on them
While some of us find it easier to identify strengths, others find it difficult to look past their weaknesses and needless to say, this does affect an individual’s confidence. But not obsessing over them does not mean that you ignore them. Know that addressing your weaknesses and making a diligent effort to overcome them can help boost confidence.
Believe in yourself.
It may be easier said than done, but try to tell yourself “I can do this,” and believe it. By saying this affirmative sentence to yourself each night before going to bed–telling yourself three things that you like about yourself or three things that went well that day.
Closely monitor your successes
A great way to boost your confidence is to keep track of your daily accomplishments along with a “to-do” list. This way, not only can you keep track of your tasks, meet the deadlines set by you, you can also be aware of your constant achievements.
Keep track of your daily accomplishments, Taylor says. Make a “to-do” list. This way, when you cross tasks off your list, you’re more aware of your constant achievements.
Know that your confidence may be threatened at times
Every time a colleague or a senior passes a mean comment about your work, more often than not, it is not supposed to be taken seriously. While it is best to let cruel words go by, it isn’t unnatural to feel shaken up. In case you feel unnerved by a comment, it is best to give yourself 24 to 48 hours to recover before responding or making any important decisions.
Seek encouragement from others.
It is never wrong to ask for something that might just help boost your confidence. Only if you ask people to inform you about your three greatest strengths, you can find a way to use them. Feedback from friends, colleagues and even seniors matter a lot when it comes to identifying strengths and hearing some encouragement.
Accomplishing things that you didn’t think possible can be a great way to boost your confidence. Find projects and assignments that give you an opportunity to use your strengths and take on projects that stretch you. In fact, trying something new, even though you are afraid of it is a great step to take. And while taking these baby steps, it is best if you refrain from judging your performance too early in the process, or comparing your performance to someone who has been doing that activity for a much longer period of time.
Be a role model of positive attitude
Develop a positive attitude, Brooks says. Positive doesn’t always mean “happy”– it can also mean resilient. Focus on how you can provide solutions rather than spend a lot of time discussing the problem.
Carefully consider how you react to your boss and colleagues’ actions
One of the most effective ways to gain confidence is elevating your emotional radar in the workplace. Read through the actions of your boss and co-workers, especially when they affect your self-confidence. Understand that they may be acting out in ways that we are all capable of, like children or even toddlers, when under stress or frustrated. This will empower you and engender confidence, which others will want to emulate