In part 1 of our 2-part confidence series, we discussed why confidence is one of the greatest assets you can bring to the workplace. Essentially, the greater your degree of confidence, the more likely you are to have a successful career. In the second part of this series, we’re going to offer up suggestions on how you can become more confident:
Try New Things
People who lack confidence tend to fear trying new things—they worry that they’ll fail, look stupid, or expose their perceived inadequacies. Yet, oftentimes this can be exactly what someone needs to do to develop greater confidence. By tackling things that you might initially find challenging with a positive mindset, you have the opportunity to develop new skills that are going to increase your self-confidence.
Develop Your Weaknesses
Is there an area that you feel is a particular weakness for you? If so, take the time to do things to improve in this regard. By working on your weaknesses, you can overcome them. Ultimately, you may come to find that something you initially considered to be a weakness—public speaking, for example—becomes one of your strengths.
Track Your Successes
To increase your self-confidence personally and professionally, we recommend that you track your successes. On a personal level, invest in a journal and write down every compliment that you receive. In time, you may find that people compliment you on strengths that you never realized you had. This will boost your self-esteem, as well as your confidence.
Similarly, write down your 3 biggest professional successes each week in a digital file. Not only will this help you to become more confident professionally, but this will also help you when it comes time for your performance review. By documenting all of your most significant successes, you’ll be prepared to request a raise, be promoted, or even search for a new job.