Confidence and success in the workplace are undeniably correlated. Research has proven that one of the traits of successful people is a high level of confidence. Confident people work more happily, achieve more and are not afraid to take on new tasks. Feeling insecure at work can be a big stumbling block to your career growth and progression.
While some people naturally have more confidence than others, it is something that can be acquired. Confident people can also grow in confidence. Here are 10 sure-fire ways to boost your confidence in the workplace:
- Know your craft: Mastery is such a confidence booster. Make a mental note to learn something new about your job or field every day. Attend training sessions and keep updated with the changes and developments in your industry. Most importantly, apply what you have learned because the more you practice what you learn, the more confident you will feel about your ability to perform well in the workplace.
- Know your strengths: We all have our areas of strength; find yours and focus on it. It’s so easy to find ourselves focusing on our weaknesses that we forget about our strengths. Studies have shown that the best way to boost your confidence is to focus on what you are doing well rather than what you aren’t doing well in. Figure out what it is you are good at and strive to keep getting better by doing more of those things.
- Challenge yourself: Remaining in a comfort zone has never helped anybody. It is always a good idea to try new things. That way, you discover new things that you are capable of. When you learn something new or complete a new project, you automatically experience a confidence boost. You become more self-assured about your abilities and this means that you would be more willing to take on more new projects.
4. Fake it till you make it: If you are starting a new job or kicking off a new project with a new team, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. But here is a little secret- nobody knows this unless you let them in on it. So, the best strategy is to put your best foot forward and project a confident outlook. Even if you are a little doubtful, just remember that your knowledge has brought you this far. You’ll definitely figure things out. Also, most people underestimate their skills and ability to rise to a challenge.
5. Positivity only: Don’t limit yourself by saying the wrong things.Negative self talk depletes energy which in turn leads to sub-optimal outcomes. Saying things like “I can’t do this” or “I can’t deliver that” indicates a fixed mindset that is closed to solutions. Instead develop a growth mindset that is open to learning new things and instead say “I’m willing to try it.” Being positive opens your mind to solutions and being able to find solutions will give you a confidence boost.
6. Have fun: Life is not that serious. Learn to enjoy and have fun while doing your job. You will get more results when you can take constructive criticism with humor and you can laugh at your mistakes.
7. Ask questions: There is a saying that goes, “He that asks questions cannot miss his way.” So, ask away – what is the worst that could happen? If anything, you would learn something that would help you do a better job and achieve the desired results. If you ever find yourself unsure of anything, don’t shy away from asking for clarity.
8. Practise, practise, practise: Practising your skills cannot be overemphasised; it’s the bedrock on which your success is built. Practice makes you know the areas you need to work on and improve. It helps you figure out better ways to get things done.
9. Surround yourself with the right group: Get mentors and co-workers who will be there to lift you when you are feeling down. Being around supportive and positive people who inspire, advise, champion and challenge you is a great way to boost your confidence.
10. Look and act the part: Dress well, be friendly, have good posture and look people in the eye when you talk to them. This not only gives you an internal confidence boost but projects the impression that you are confident and in control.