Confidence at work is one of the most important skills that we can cultivate to get ahead in our careers. But it’s also an elusive skill, and many of us feel as though we are lacking when it comes to skills, experience and the overall credentials needed to be heard and respected in our roles.
So how can you develop this vital ‘confidence trick’ and stop assuming that everyone else around you has something more to offer? Here are some tips to reframing the way you see yourself at work – and the way that you think about confidence as a trait.
Read your own CV to remind yourself what makes you great. Speak to a friend or trusted colleague to get their take on your strengths. Practice affirmations. The trick is to start playing positive messages in your head and to use active, affirmative language that reminds you why you are in your role. Negative self-talk will only pull you down, so be very careful with the language that you use, even in your own head. When all else fails, look at your colleagues. Are they perfect? No. Are they better than you? Unlikely. Value yourself in the way that you value your colleagues and team members.
Work on yourself
If you’re feeling uncertain about your value and your skills, then it’s time to up the ante by working on yourself. All too often we feel a lack of confidence because we are unsure of a certain topic, activity or skill. So take this out of the equation by tackling your development areas head-on. Once you begin working on your weaker areas, your confidence will grow naturally.
Just act ‘as if’
The ‘fake it til you make it’ mantra has been around for years, but there is worth in the seemingly inauthentic advice! When we begin to act ‘as if’, our mind follows suit. In the way that negative self-talk makes us doubt ourselves, a positive and can-do attitude will work on a subconscious level to remind ourselves that we CAN do this. This creates a positive feedback loop – allowing us to build on each small success until we create a snowball effect of positivity.
Get a coach!
A career coach can work with you on an individual, confidential basis to understand any blockers which are holding you back at work, and then to implement strategies that will allow you to overcome them. A career coach will act as your own cheerleader and remind you of exactly why you are in your current role – and why you deserve to achieve all of your goals! A coach could be your finest investment in your career and in your life as a whole.
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