For some of us, even when we are highly regarded at work, we still lack confidence in our abilities. In this article, we’ll discuss a few ways you can increase your confidence at work to help you not only build a better career, but also to enjoy it more. Let’s take a look at what it takes to build that confidence.
Focus On Yourself
Focusing on yourself doesn’t mean you’re arrogant. Instead, it means stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. We’re all very good at comparing ourselves to others, usually in a negative way. Rather than wondering why someone got promoted and you didn’t, focus on your own strengths and weaknesses and continue to do the best job you can.
Capitalize On Strengths
You’ve got strengths at work, otherwise you wouldn’t be there. Think about what those are and use them to build confidence in your career. A coworker may be the one everyone turns to when a number crunch is needed because that’s where that coworker’s strength is. Still, if your strength is in greeting new customers thanks to your extroverted and contagious personality, that’s your strength, so capitalize on it.
Network and Socialize
Many of us are now working remotely, making it too easy to avoid networking. Be purposeful about getting together with like-minded businesspeople. Attend events, such as conventions, whenever you can. Be prepared for such events by planning on talking about yourself and what you do. As you network and socialize your confidence grows quickly when you realize you do have plenty to offer others.
Improve Your Weaknesses
There isn’t a person in this world who doesn’t have a weakness. We can’t have strengths if we have no weaknesses. Be honest with yourself and see what those are. Then, rather than feeling down about a weakness, set a plan for how to improve it. As you take small steps and begin to see improvement, your confidence in your career grows. You’ll start to see that you’re capable of whatever you set your mind to.
Stay positive regarding your career—others will notice. Didn’t get that promotion you were hoping for? Look at it as an opportunity to ask your manager how you can improve so you’ll be considered next time. Take criticism as a chance to be the best you can be.
Seek Out Challenges
Confidence doesn’t grow in life, including our careers, unless we challenge ourselves. Here’s how you can do that at work:
- Volunteer to lead a meeting even though the thought terrifies you.
- Step in when someone is out and their role needs filling.
- Apply for roles that fascinate you but are out of your comfort zone.
- Set goals that help you go above and beyond the company’s expectations of you.
As you practice these steps we’ve discussed, you will begin to believe in yourself and grow confidence in your career. That confidence will spill over into every other area of your life. Enjoy the challenges, capitalize on your strengths, and stay positive!