The workplace can be an intimidating place and sometimes we can lack belief in our ability to successfully get the job done. That’s why it’s important to have confidence in our professional lives: because when we exude confidence, we build ourselves up. As a result, this translates into our work as well as the way we interact with our colleagues.
Here are ten things you can do so you can walk into your workplace, ready to show everyone what you’re made of!
When we lack self-confidence, we tend to focus on our downfalls, which doesn’t help the situation. Instead, note down your strengths in this job role, and you’ll see that you are more capable than you think.
These two words don’t exactly scream confidence, so avoid using them. Lindsay Olsen from USNews.com says, ‘You don’t have to interrupt or be rude, but use more confident words that make a statement – not a gentle suggestion’. Try to avoid using soft words that undermine your confidence, and don’t be afraid to make your voice heard.
Try to impress your boss by going the extra mile when doing an assignment. Not only will this show them that you are capable of more, but you will also prove to yourself how talented you are for doing it. As Ruth Zive noted on TheMuse.com, ‘With each new assignment, think of ways you can knock the ball out of the park… You’ll feel better about yourself if you go the extra mile – and you’ll probably get some good feedback from others, too’.
4. Carry yourself confidently
Your posture can say a lot about you so make sure you are exuding a confident and self-assertive presence. Don’t walk around with your shoulders down, or slump down at your desk. As the CEO of Cricket Media, Katya Andresen, says, ‘If we hunch up our bodies and make ourselves smaller, we feel less confident. If we strike a power pose, we feel powerful – and are perceived differently’.
If you feel that you deserve a raise, don’t be afraid to book a meeting with your boss to discuss this. Confidently ask the important question. The worst that can happen is that they say no.
None of us are perfect and we are bound to make mistakes on a regular basis. Admitting your failures may seem like a way to decrease your confidence, but this will actually help you: because you are no longer covering up an error, but instead working to fix it.
If you have an idea, voice it. If you need help, ask for it. Don’t keep things inside as this will help neither you nor the company you work for. The more you speak up, the more confident you will become within yourself and with those around you. As Olsen says, ‘You were hired because of your smart ideas, so it’s time to share them… Find the balance between holding back what you’re thinking and dominating the conversation’.
What goes around comes around, right? Well, with gossip it does. As fun as it may be to be shady about a fellow co-worker, avoid it at all costs, as it can often leave you feeling guilty, which does nothing great for your self-esteem. John Boitnott from Inc.com says, ‘As a professional with designs on upward mobility, you can’t afford to be associated with the office gossip too closely’.
Receiving criticism can be a huge knock to your confidence if you don’t know how to handle it. Learn to withhold your reaction, listen to the feedback, understand what the person is saying and then thank them for the advice. This is a great way to improve your work so you can avoid making the same mistake in the future. Plus, it’s much better than getting upset over it.
Take a moment to reflect on all the great things you have achieved and revel in the joy of knowing that you are a great asset to your workplace. As Zive noted, ‘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’.
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