Often, the only thing holding us back from achieving our goals and reaching our full potential at work is our confidence in ourselves or lack of it. Even if you have all the necessary skills and experience to go after that promotion or apply for a new job, failing to believe that about yourself can stop you from taking that step.
A lot of people have asked me how they can become more confident in the workplace, so let’s look at a few ways to get started.
Hit the books
People tend to speak much more comfortably and confidently about subjects they are knowledgeable on. You know what you’re talking about, and that comes across in the way you speak. If there are areas you are unsure about, then learn more about them so you can talk about them with more authority.
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”
Although Thumper’s grammar leaves much to be desired, this sentiment from the film Bambi still holds true 75 years later. And it doesn’t just apply to others; we all need to cut out the negative self-talk and start being kinder to ourselves. If you repeatedly tell yourself that you can’t do it, then you won’t believe anything else.
Focus on your strengths
Even if there are areas at work you’re not confident in, there are sure to be others in which you excel. Rather than constantly beating yourself up about your weaknesses, concentrate on what you do well to remind yourself why you deserve the position you’re in.
Fake it till you make it
If all else fails, the best way to become more confident is to simply act more confident, even if you don’t completely believe in yourself. Acting confident will make others take notice and believe that you know what you’re doing, and this alone can make you feel more confident.
Do you have problems with acting confidently in the workplace? Get in touch for more help and advice on this subject or connect with me on social media.