Did you know one in five people have failed to secure a new job because of their lack of self-confidence?
In this article, we are going to be focusing on how you can improve your confidence at work.
Whether you are entering a new work environment, starting a new position, or you simply want to enhance your confidence, this article will cover everything you need to know to become the best version of yourself.
This is Part 2 of our “Building Confidence” Series. We hope you are enjoying these articles so far!
To get the ball rolling, let’s talk a little bit more about why confidence is so vital in the workplace…
What Does It Mean to Have Confidence at Work?
So you probably know that confidence is essential to achieving success at work! After all, you clicked on this article for a reason!
But do you really know how impactful it is? Let me fill you in…
Importance of confidence at work:
- You will capitalize on your skills and strengths – confidence means focusing on your abilities more than your weakness.
- You will become more comfortable – confident people aren’t afraid to take a promotion or challenge.
- You will build stronger connections and networks – confident people are less focused on themselves and can to connect with others.
- You will face failure accordingly – confidence encourages people to cope with obstacles, have high self-esteem, and think optimistically.
- You will be able to communicate more effectively – confident people can communicate their opinions and ideas in a concise, persuasive, and powerful manner.
- You will be better at decision making – you will have higher self-assurance to make independent decisions.
Looks like confidence has a bigger role in the workplace than you may have initially thought!
Now that you know why confidence is so influential, we can start getting into how you can achieve it.
How to Have Confidence at Work
The inability to get out of your head only leads to negative thoughts, relationships, and experiences.
In any workplace, you will need to make decisions that are out of your comfort zone, meet people that seem intimidating, and tackle projects that are demanding and overwhelming.
That’s just the reality of having a job.
The most harmful thing you can do to yourself is overthinking every action, word, thought, decision, or feeling. Thinking too much leads to a lack action and productivity towards accomplishing a task.
Studies have shown that overanalyzing everything interferes with problem-solving. It will cause you to dwell on the problem rather than solving it.
Here’s what you can do to overthink less:
- Don’t beat yourself up for your mistake. Do acknowledge your error, find a lesson from it, and move on.
- Limit rehashing problems in your head. Schedule a time for reflection so you aren’t distracting yourself.
- Don’t think about what can go wrong. Do think about what can go right.
- Realize perfection can be unrealistic and debilitating at times. Focus on making progress instead of perfection.
Sound familiar? No matter how old or experienced you are – you should never be afraid to ask a question.
Asking a question allows you to learn more. This will help you feel more confident with your job and what you are doing.
You will discover that this confidence will boost your enjoyment at work and allow you to form better relationships and a connection with your projects.
Plus, once you ask a question, you are breaking the ice. Soon, you’ll find yourself more comfortable with speaking altogether.
Research shows that 32% of people are afraid of putting own ideas forward in the workplace! Asking questions will open the doors for better communication and confidence in sharing ideas.OnRec
Have a question about the assignment? Ask. Have a question about performance evaluation? Ask. Want assistance with a heavy workload? Ask. Want the proper tools to complete your job? Ask.
Point is, asking a question will help you improve your career rather than being too skittish to do so.
Try it out and see what happens!
Celebrate Your Achievements!
Acknowledge your successes and reward yourself for your accomplishments!
Finished a stressful presentation? Take a break and watch your favourite Netflix show. Nailed the client meeting you were preparing for? Buy your favourite dessert after work. Got a big opportunity at work? Book a road trip with your friends for summer.
Better yet, each time you take a step towards boosting your confidence, give yourself a pat on your back and tell your BFF about it.
Celebrating with yourself or others your big or small accomplishments will remind yourself how amazing you are.
Reward and actions are closely related. Most of us do something and expect an outcome. So, make sure you are giving yourself the credit and appreciation you deserve so you feel more fulfilled and confident.
A positive and motivating attitude are qualities that almost all confident people have.
This is because the more self assured you are, the less pessimistic you are about yourself and the situations around you.
Research has shown that being a positive thinker leads to better psychological and physical well-being and better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.Mayo Clinic
Having a positive attitude helps you to build relationships with your coworkers and makes you more confident and proud of the tasks you complete.
How to be positive and confident:
- Don’t go so fast. Take time to adjust to your work environment, coworkers, and more. This will ensure stress and self doubt does not build up in the workplace.
- Learn to take criticism in a healthy way. This can be challenging but learning how to improve yourself when faced with criticism helps you not get down on yourself.
- Start your day by doing something uplifting. Listen to an inspirational podcast during breakfast or commute to work.
Fix Your Posture!
Fake it until you make it!
When you want to project a confident and comfortable persona, say for an interview or presentation, sitting upright with your shoulders back and spine aligned can actually make a huge difference.
Also known as the power pose, this position will make others think you have a confident, outgoing, and hardworking demeanour.
This pose is also so much better than slouching… talk about a bad impression.
Not only does it convince others you are confident, it can also boost your own self confidence!
People who feel stressed can boost their self-esteem by sitting upright.Health Psychology
Body language and confidence:
- Eye contact. Maintain steady eye contact to show you are paying attention and know what they are talking about.
- Try keep your hands together. To seem more confident and put together, place your hands together with your palms facing the ceiling.
- Stop fidgeting. Tapping your feet on the ground, playing with your thumbs, and touching your hair shows a lack of confidence in yourself. Demonstrate a confident personality by avoiding those distracting movements.
- Mirror what others do. To a degree of course. If you are feeling particularly unconfident or stressed in a social situation, mimic how others and sitting and what they are doing with their hands and facial expressions.
- Smile. A simple conveys confidence, approachability, friendliness and more!
You can improve your confidence by practicing these body movements so that they become second nature.
Ask For Feedback!
Why should you go the extra mile? Answer: you’ll feel better about yourself.
Feedback provides a clear expectation of performance. Learning what you do correctly increases your confidence and you will be more likely to try harder on the aspects of your work that need improvement.
So, asking for feedback is a great way to get better at what you are doing. It will make you feel more comfortable and valued.
As you continue to improve, you will become more confident with your work and yourself!
68% of employees who receive accurate and consistent feedback feel fulfilled in their jobs – this prompts self assurance and appreciation for their abilities!ClearCompany
What You Learned From This Article:
- Stop overthinking – stop thinking and instead get to action.
- Ask questions – get answers to the questions you have to get to know others, your tasks, and your workplace as a whole.
- Celebrate your achievements – reward yourself for your efforts.
- Be positive – top thinking negatively and diminishing your abilities.
- Fix your posture – become more confident by mimicking the actions of your coworkers.
- Ask for feedback – learn more, get smarter, know your strengths and feel recognized.
I hope you can all take away something from this article.
Implementing these techniques should not be a challenge! Figure out which area you need to work on the most and slowly work towards self improvement.
Remember, confidence is like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets!
If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of our “Building Confidence” Series, take a look at it here.
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