3 Strategies for Career Women Seeking to Boost Self-Confidence in the Workplace
As a career woman, your self-esteem and confidence can be your ticket to ride on the fact track to success, or your ticket to sit in the side car to nowhere. No matter how stellar your training, formal education, or tactical skills may be, if you don’t have high confidence in yourself, you will not instill it in others. And it takes winning the confidence of others to progress up the ladder of corporate and business success.
Here’s the good news! Self-confidence can be built in any area of your choosing. It may take some time, patience, practice and awareness, but people build confidence every day. Many times we don’t even realize we are doing it. Building confidence is like building muscle. You start out slowly, taking little steps, pushing yourself just a little further each time, until you arrive at your final destination of accomplishing a specific task with proficiency.
If you are lacking self-confidence on the job, the first thing you might want to consider is to write down where you do feel confident in the tasks you perform, and where you do not.
Once you’ve identified the areas where you are lacking, ask yourself what it would take for you to feel confident in those areas, and write it down. Do you need more training? Do you need more practice? Is it really in your skill set? If you can look at what you need to do, then you can formulate a plan to start acquiring the skills, tasks, or practice that you believe you need.
In doing this exercise, it will become apparent to you that there are steps you can take. All is not lost and it is not something you have to endure, tolerate or be embarrassed by. This knowledge alone will help boost your self-esteem and your confidence. Because instead of feeling inept about yourself and your abilities, you will realize you can improve your performance once you have your new and different tools.
Now, break down how you will go about acquiring the new skills and tools you need. Break them down into baby steps so the bigger goal does not seem overwhelming. Then put a plan in place for accomplishing each step. Every time you take a step you are building your muscle of confidence.
While you are working on building long-term, enduring confidence in your abilities, here are just a few quick things you can do to change your mood, your mindset and your inner feelings of confidence.
3 Ways You Can Boost Self-Confidence and Get Ahead in the Workplace:
1. Give yourself a make-over. Or perk yourself up. This isn’t to impress anyone else, but to make yourself feel better and more upbeat. Studies show when you feel good about the way you look, it puts in a positive, confident light for others to see.
2. Give yourself extra time to prepare. If you are working on a project or a presentation, give yourself ample time to prepare, longer than you normally need. Knowing the material you are presenting or the details of a project on which you are working will immediately boost your self-esteem, confidence and knowledge. This will show in your conversations with your team and your supervisors.
3. Focus on your progress. Make a list of everything you have accomplished at work in the past 90-days…and the past year. Make notations next to each of the things you feel really proud of accomplishing. Note any positive comments or appreciations that were paid to you by your team or supervisors in regard to those accomplishments. Also note any activities where you felt you did not feel as adequate. Think about what you could do, learn or change next time to receive a better or more positive response. It’s good to have areas in which you need to improve! It allows you to continue to grow and excel.
Remember, confidence is your belief about the level at which you can perform a given task with ultimate capability. So start raising the bar for yourself…just a little at a time. Take a course that will help you become proficient at a new task relating to your professional position. Ask if someone in upper management can act as a professional mentor to you. Ask if you can be a professional mentor to someone who needs your skills. All of these actions will help you feel more capable, show off your abilities, and gain you new skills.
True life fulfillment begins by mastering self-esteem and confidence. You have the power to have the life, the career and dreams you desire.
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