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Boosting your self-confidence at work

Regardless of your chosen industry or profession, confidence is one skill that is essential to success in any field. While self-confidence comes naturally to some people, it is a skill that anyone can learn and doing so can be invaluable to your career success. If you need a confidence boost in your day-to-day routine, check out these tried-and-true tips. You’ll bolster your sense of assurance, come off more poised, and kick some butt in the workplace, too.

Ask questions

Not knowing everything – whether that’s because you’re new on the job or have incomplete information – can make you feel insecure and lead to a lack confidence. But remember that (no matter what stage you’re at in your career) you’re never going to have all the answers. So, don’t be shy about asking questions, especially when you’re feeling uncertain or insecure. Instead, arm yourself with the information you need to do your job well by asking for it.

Increase your competence level

A great way to be more confident about yourself is by working on yourself. That’s why you should strive to constantly develop new skills relevant to your career path. And it’s essential to have the mindset of a student – to be a lifelong learner. Also, try not to be a perfectionist, as this mindset can get in the way of developing new skills. Remember, nobody’s an expert at the beginning; the more you work on something, the more competent you’ll be at it. And as you become more capable, the more confident you’ll be.

Confront challenges

Building self-confidence may seem challenging but feeling informed and prepared for the projects and challenges you undertake will always form the foundation of self-assurance at work. Take the time to make sure you are well versed in whatever subjects you have to deal with, while avoiding obsessing over too much detail. Ultimately, the more experience you have of taking on new challenges the more comfortable you will feel doing it in the future.

Look the part

Turns out, there’s some truth to the old adage, “fake it until you make it.” Dressing well, having good posture, being friendly, and making eye contact with people will all give the impression that you’re confident and in control. And when the rest of the world thinks you’re self-assured, you’ll start believing it, too. So smile, stand up straight, and yeah, go ahead and treat yourself to that new blazer.

Celebrate your achievements

If you’ve received an amazing performance review or nailed the client meeting you’ve been stressing over, celebrate – you deserve it! Acknowledging those successes and rewarding yourself will remind you how great you really are – and there’s no greater confidence boost than a job well done.

Most successful career holders would agree that having self-confidence in the workplace is imperative for career growth. As the author David Storey says: “Self-confidence is simply the memory of success.” – in other words, it’s a learned skill. That means, however much you feel you lack confidence right now, you can develop more of it by following the steps above.

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