Did you know that up to 85% of people say they have struggled with low self-esteem?
If you’re bringing your lack of confidence in your job, it could have serious professional consequences.
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In fact, a recent article in Forbes suggests that those with low self-esteem don’t perform well at work. This is because they are often too afraid to point out the good work they’ve done or ask for a raise or promotion.
How can you boost your confidence at work and ensure that you get the recognition you deserve?
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We’re sharing with you some of our favorite ways to build your confidence at work.
1. Walk With A Purpose
Think about it. If you’re walking with your head down, slowly roaming through the cubicles, people aren’t going to notice you.
Or, if they do, they won’t think too highly of you.
However, if you walk with a purpose, it’s a sign you have confidence, and that you have somewhere to go. You’ll be more approachable, too.
In fact, studies have shown that taking longer strides and walking at a faster pace sends the message that you’re a strong, confident person.
You know – the kind of person other people want on their team.
This is a great way to build more confidence at work – even if you have to fake it until you make it.
2. Try Visualization Techniques
Visualizing your success is a great way to have more confidence at work.
Before you leave for the office, imagine yourself, for example, sitting at the desk of the CEO. Picture yourself really killing that pitch meeting.
Imagine the success you want to have, and even try repeating a few positive affirmations to yourself in the mirror before your commute.
Try things like “I am going to get this promotion,” or “I deserve a better salary.”
Oh, and don’t forget to dress the part! You probably pictured yourself wearing an awesome suit and watch while strolling into your new corner office.
Make sure to update your wardrobe to reflect the job you want.
3. Take On More Projects
Another great way to get more confidence at work?
By taking on a challenging project, especially when your company really needs someone to step up to the plate.
First of all, when you tackle a project you think is “out of your league,” you’ll feel amazing about yourself and start to renew your sense of self-esteem.
Your co-workers and superiors will also take notice. You’ll become the “go-to guy” when things are crazy and they need someone they can rely on.
Not only will taking on bigger projects make you more confident, it will also help you to see that others believe in – and rely on – your abilities.
4. Write Down Your Skill Set
Look, in today’s competitive job market, chances are your company could have hired a lot of different people to do your job.
But remember – they chose you.
Because of your unique experience, skill set, and even personality.
If it’s been a while since you evaluated what you’re good at, why not write down your best skills?
Not only will this help you to build more confidence at work, but it will also remind you of your worth and abilities.
If you’re struggling to identify your strengths, ask your coworkers for their input!
Hearing what others think you’re good at is a great way to uncover skills you didn’t even know you had.
5. Celebrate Your Success
As much as we all wish it were true, we don’t become CEOs overnight.
However, you may be lacking confidence at work because you don’t take enough time to celebrate smaller accomplishments.
Close a deal? Sign a new client? Help write an awesome pitch?
Those are all things to feel proud of because they’re a step along the way to your long-term professional goals.
Also, you don’t have to keep your successes quiet! In fact, if other people don’t know about all the awesome things you do, how can you score that promotion?
You don’t have to go around bragging to everyone in your office about the deal you just closed, but you can send an email to your boss to let them know that you’ve secured a huge new client thanks to their input and advice.
6. Rethink How You Handle Criticism
Whether it’s an out-of-line personal comment or an insanely harsh email from your boss, we know it can be tough not to let negative things people say about you at work get to you.
Someone’s throwaway comment about your pitching style, your idea, or pretty much anything else can seriously hurt your confidence at work.
But only if you let it.
Instead of taking criticism personally, try to move past the anger as quickly as you can. We suggest taking a walk or at least sitting outside on a bench for a few minutes.
Once you’ve calmed down and decided not to punch your co-worker in the face, after all, ask yourself if there might be some merit to what they were saying (even if their delivery was totally off.)
See criticism as a chance to get better. Be thankful that someone has taken the time to point out your flaws.
In reality, that kind of directness is hard to come by in today’s world.
Say to yourself, “OK, great. Now, I know what to improve.”
Try These Tips To Build More Confidence At Work
Even if it doesn’t always seem like it, remember that your boss and coworkers want everyone to feel good when they come into the office.
After all, it makes your team more productive.
We promise that if you try to use even a few of these tips, you’ll have a lot more confidence at work.
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