How to Stay Confident at Work
Confidence goes a long way in this world. Finding your confidence in the workplace can attract positive attention from co-workers and bosses. The following tips can help you build and project your confidence.
Acknowledge your strengths and shore up your weaknesses. Self-awareness is incredibly important for genuine confidence. Everyone has weaknesses. Identify them and work to rectify them. Take a little time to celebrate your victories just as much as contemplate your mistakes.
Look at mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve. Confidence does not imply infallibility. When you screw up (and you will, you’re human); be proactive in fixing the problem. Own your actions. Step right up to your boss and say, “I know I screwed up. How can I fix what I did and ensure it doesn’t happen again?”
A confident person is not threatened by others. Always listen and hear out co-workers, customers, and bosses; even if you know they’re wrong. Be willing to try other courses of action. Stubbornly clinging to a bad idea because it’s yours is counterproductive and ignorant as opposed to confident.
Own your job no matter how trite or boring. The surest way to build confidence in your ability is to actually have ability. Learn every aspect of your job and then some. It doesn’t matter if you are sitting in a boardroom or answering phones; confidence comes as you’re working your way to be the best at what you do. Also, make sure to stay busy, even in your downtime.
Confidence is one of those psychological areas where walking the walk can help convince your brain you’re already there. Act with confidence, even if you don’t feel it inside. As you continue to walk that walk, you will naturally increase your confidence and develop personal power.
Be sure to de-stress yourself! It can be very hard to change your mindset if you are stressed out from work constantly. The stress from excessive pressure and discomfort make it more difficult to act with clarity which will cause foolish mistakes. Find a way to de-stress yourself after a challenging day at work.