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Boosting self-confidence at work

Career self-confidence is vital to your success. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, how will anyone else have any faith in your abilities? Having confidence in the workplace can make you more motivated and ambitious, and it can help you overcome fear and anxiety so you can take action. Self-confidence in your career is as simple as knowing what you do well and what your value is. So, the next time you struggle with trying to boost your career self-confidence, try these tips to rewire your brain with focus and intention.

Construct a positive self-image

Developing a positive view of yourself can begin with limiting comparison to others, but this process also requires further self-reflection and actively adjusting your mindset. Start constructing a positive self-image by imagining yourself as the person you want to be. Visualise yourself in the position you are interviewing for, with the skills you want and the network you are building. Once you have crafted a positive image of yourself, consider engaging in self-affirmation activities. Self-affirmation involves saying positive and uplifting statements to yourself to challenge whatever negative thoughts may be in your mind.

Focus on progress instead of perfection

You’ll never reach the absolute pinnacle where no change is needed. Instead, career self-confidence comes from the idea of focusing on your progress instead of perfection. Research has shown that the more roles you fill, the more sources of career self-confidence you have. So, don’t beat yourself up when you have to change jobs or you fail at a project. Every step along your career path will make you stronger, more self-aware, and will boost self-confidence.

Dress for success

There’s a reason the concept of a ‘little black dress’ is so universal: everyone knows what they feel like when they’re wearing something that suits them perfectly. How we dress and hold ourselves has an impact on our confidence – if we’re wearing something we are nervous about, we won’t execute tall posture or put ourselves in the front of the conference room. It isn’t just our clothes either – but anything that’s external.

Attend professional development training

Developing your skills you rely on for your job can impact your overall confidence. When you increase your skill level or develop a specific skill further, you can improve the way you perform in your role, and this can have a positive influence on increasing your confidence.

These exercises to boost self-confidence in your career can help you every single day, particularly when you’re struggling with a bad week or month. Just remember that self-confidence is a skill you have to work at regularly, so never stop. When you believe in yourself, others will believe in you. Start the work today!

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