It’s a common misconception that confidence is something that you’re either born with, or you’re not. That’s not true. Confidence absolutely is a skill that can be learned and developed. If you wish you were more confident, then it’s time to make it happen.
The importance of confidence at work
Confidence in the workplace can really change the way people see and treat you. Developing your confidence can even have a significant impact on how fast you progress in your career.
If you behave with confidence, people are more likely to take you seriously and believe that you are good at what you do. Your superiors are more likely to hand you responsibilities over your colleagues because they believe in you and your ability. This can help you gain valuable experience and get more opportunities throughout your career.
How to become more confident
If you feel like you’re not a confident person, there are plenty of ways you can improve this. It’s all a matter of your mindset, and how your prepare yourself. It just takes a little practice.
Here are a few tips for making yourself more confident.
Believe in yourself
If you believe that you are good enough and that you will succeed, then you are much more likely to. As the saying goes, if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. It’s important to remember the skills and experiences that got you where you are; you deserve your spot at the table. Practice more positive self-talk and stop criticising yourself so much.
If you’re good at something, then you’re much more likely to feel confident when you’re doing it. If there are areas of your job where you feel your skills or knowledge are lacking, then do something about it. Learn more, practice, get more experience. There are countless places to track down valuable information and training. Consider online courses or webinars, industry blogs, and in-person networking events.
Fake it till you make it
You’ve probably heard this one before, but if you act more confident, then you’ll start to feel more confident. This, in turn, will make you act and appear more confident. It’s a victorious cycle that starts with you putting on your game face and acting like you’re super confident.
If you want to learn how to be confident in the workplace and put this skill into practice, then I’m here to share my expertise on this topic. Get in touch for more info on my coaching and workshops.