To be successful in today’s fast-paced world requires not just talent, academia or qualifications. It requires confidence. Being confident in your work is crucial for career success.
It enables you to be situationally proactive, assertive and focused. Having true confidence means knowing your worth and trusting that others will recognize the value of your service too. It means understanding the value you offer, effectively communicating and presenting yourself, which then results in getting noticed for all the right reasons and increasing your income.
Confidence is important beyond the workplace; it can help you attract a partner you can build a healthy relationship, helps in conflict resolution, seeking out new opportunities for your personal growth and development.
To the contrary, absence of confidence leads to shyness, uncertainty in speech, action, missed opportunities, results in inaction and holding yourself back, which eventually ends up in setting the bar too low.
In building your confidence, you have to get to know your inner critic voice
Dr. Robert Firestone, author of Overcoming the Destructive Inner Voice stated how the inner critic voice could decrease your confidence and limit your ability to achieve what you could achieve. The critic voice attacks from every angle and undermines your goals, affecting all areas of our lives.
Sometimes, this voice can be whispers or loud shouts with a main aim, which is to reinforce old ways of how we see ourselves. This can be when you;
- Fear that you won’t be good enough;
- Doubt that you cannot really do it;
- Self-sabotage yourself by being busy with everything else first instead of prioritizing your business.
- Lack faith in yourself that you are not just as good as everyone else in your field
- Compare yourself to others and to others businesses
- Do not believe you can actually make money.
One of the ways of getting rid of this inner critic voice is by becoming aware of it. As we do, we can keep returning to a compassionate attitude that will help us through the hard times.
In addition to this ongoing goal, there are also some other actions we can take each day to boost our confidence.
To become more confident, you must be willing to change your state, which is actually your mood at any given time of day because your mood not only affects others but also how you feel about yourself. The good news though is that you can decide to change your state at any time – no matter what’s going on around you.
How, you may ask. Well here are some ways you can do become more confident
- Question your inner critic voice
- Do something that scares you everyday
- Visualize what you want to become
- Continuously affirm yourself
- Figure out how to always set yourself for win
- Take pride in your achievements
- Stay positive
- Develop a growth mindset
- Take up challenges
- Reflect on a moments when you felt accomplished
- Take good care of yourself
In summary, discovering how to be confident in yourself does not just happen overnight; it takes time. However, steadily shifting how you present yourself physically and what you focus on mentally can create confidence that will help propel you toward your goals.