Becoming More Self-Confident At Work
“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” This is a phrase that we all aspire to embody. No one wants to wake up and dread going to work each day five times a week, and maybe more depending on the industry. Since we spend nearly a third of our lives at work, you should have some enjoyment or excitement about what you do. The unfortunate reality is that many people don’t like what they do, and do it simply because it “pays the bills.” The reasons for being unhappy at work vary from working in a toxic environment to a lack of career growth and development. Regardless of the reason, being unhappy at work could have a negative effect on your productivity, which in turn may cause your self-confidence to take a hit.
When you aren’t stimulated by your work and your productivity dwindles, it is more likely that you will make a mistake (or two). No one wants to willingly make mistakes, but depending on your role, these can be viewed as learning experiences. However, if you become afraid to make a mistake because of the repercussions or upsetting a colleague, you will likely end up making one anyway. This is another factor that could damage your self-confidence at work.
The dwindling of self-confidence effects other aspects of your personal and professional lives as well. With low self-confidence comes slower development and diminished chances at future success. Although it is easier said than done, increasing your self-confidence at work (and in life) will not only help you feel good about your work, but also allow you to perform better. As they say in sports, “look good, feel good, play good.” If you want to improve your self-confidence, our friends at TopResume have a few pieces of advice to help you get started.
Be Kind To Yourself
This may seem to be the most obvious piece of advice, but far too often we are our own worst critic. When you doubt yourself and think negatively about your skills and abilities, it is very difficult to improve. Realistically, you aren’t going to be good at everything you set out to do. Instead of dwelling on things you don’t have a ton of experience with, focus on all the great skills you have and things you have done. You can turn “can’t” in to “can” pretty quickly with this mindset.
As mentioned, when you are afraid to make mistakes, the chances of you making them increases. With a mindset change, you can go from being afraid of your mistakes to actually learning from them. As humans, we are bound to make mistakes. They happen every day. So, next time you have a slip-up, instead of criticizing yourself, take a different approach – how can you learn from this experience, so you don’t make the same mistake in the future?
Boost Your Skill Set
One way to gain self-confidence is by learning new tasks to help you do your job better or more efficiently. These days, there are a variety of both free and paid resources to help you do this in the comfort of your own home. For example, HubSpot has a learning academy where marketers can learn about the ever-changing landscape of their industry as well as earn certifications in various subjects pertaining to their field. Another example is Skillshare, which boasts “thousands of classes to help you do your best work.”
When you’re performing better, you’ll feel more confident in yourself. Whether it is hard skills or soft skills, such as communicating better, take the time to improve upon them or develop new ones.
When your work isn’t challenging you will become complacent and simply go through the motions from 9-5, or whatever your work hours are. Not only will you find yourself “working for the weekend,” but you will also become bored. This will most likely lead to, you guessed it, making mistakes, and the vicious cycle continues.
It is easy to coast, but it is more difficult, and often more rewarding, when you find new challenges to take on. A challenge could be doing things outside your comfort zone. If you don’t voice your opinions in meetings, try doing so. Instead of saying “no” to something, try saying “yes.” As they say, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Not only could this lead to both personal and professional growth, but you’ll feel better about yourself and see that you’re capable of doing more than you thought.
In today’s constantly connected society, staying up-to-date on news and industry trends is easier than ever. People get their news from a variety of sources: Twitter, various news apps on smartphones or devices, and industry newsletters. When you are aware of what is going on in the world, you can speak confidently about it.
In addition to external resources that help you stay informed, you can look within your own company as well. Ask senior level staff for informational interviews about their own career development. This can help expand your knowledge and is even a networking resource that is often overlooked.
Self-confidence is important not only within the workplace, but also in your personal life. When you have more confidence in your abilities you will be happier and live a more fulfilled life. It is important to remember that no one is perfect, so there will be things that aren’t as easy for you right away. However, with some training and practice, you can get better over time. To read the full article and the rest of TopResume’s tips, click here.