Do you sometimes lack confidence in your skills and abilities in the workplace? Well you’re not alone! It’s incredibly common for people to struggle with self-esteem and confidence in their own ability at work from time-to-time. However, it is a proven fact that confident people tend to work more happily and are unafraid to go for a promotion or take on new challenges.
Here are some of our tips on how you can boost your confidence at work.
1. Shun Negativity
Nobody has ever got better at anything by beating themselves up. Talk to yourself kindly, and encouragingly, rather than chastising yourself for making one or two mistakes. Trying to keep a positive mindset during these tough times will help you learn more easily, which will boost your confidence.
2. Try and Try Again
Practice is the root of all success. But it’s not only the practice that you do… it’s making sure you are correcting the mistakes along the way. Every time you complete a task, ask yourself how you could improve on it even more the next time you do it.
3. Work On Your Strengths
Studies have shown us that a good way to boost your confidence is to focus on your main strengths rather than your weaknesses. Accept what you already do well and make an effort to really enhance your best qualities. Becoming a master at a certain skill or the go-to person in your business for a certain task is a great confidence booster. You can go a step further by seeking additional training in your area of expertise.
4. Ask Questions
Never be afraid to ask questions when you don’t fully understand. Doing a task incorrectly because you don’t understand it is not a good way to go about completing different tasks. If you’re ever unsure of how something should be done, simply ask someone else who does! Asking and getting the answers you need will then give you the boost to go and complete the tasks in hand.
5. Focus On Your Recent Success
It’s going to be hard to boost your confidence if you’re reflecting on what you don’t do well. Remind yourself of all the successful projects you’ve done in the past to help boost your confidence in your abilities at work. Did you meet a tight deadline? Did your boss praise one of your ideas? Thinking back on your successful times at work is a better way to boost confidence instead of constantly focusing on the negatives. Take a moment to write down three things you are good at or are proud of – this is a great exercise in identifying your strengths and boosting your self-esteem.
I hope that you find these tips helpful and that they give you some proactive ideas to boost your confidence.