10 steps to grow confidence at work
- Understanding where your doubt comes from
As with all fears, we must understand their origins if we’re to meet them head on. The better you know yourself, the more you’ll be able to help yourself.
- Accepting it
Denial is an emotion determined to hold us back from being what we’re capable of being. Confront it your self doubt and accept that that’s who you currently are, but won’t be for much longer.
- Talk about your issues with someone you trust
Accepting your limitations and issues in your own head is one thing, but full acceptance will only come once you’re ready to admit it to someone else. Find someone you trust and discuss with them your concerns over your own self-doubt.
- Acknowledge the facts
Very often people who doubt their own abilities do so because they’re reluctant to accept the facts of the situation. For instance, if you’ve just been promoted, it’s as a result of your good performance. Lean into this facts and let them help you grow.
- Understand that nothing is as threatening as it may seem
We often exaggerate possible scenarios in our heads. Usually, this is in a negative way. It’s important to understand that talking to your superiors will almost never result in you being fired or looked down upon.
- Confronting your fear and perceived limitations
Once you’ve acknowledged the facts of your self-doubt and begun the process of changing your own mindset, it’s time to start making actions that will help you grow as a person and a worker.
- Be smart and start small.
Whilst the Hollywood version would likely involve you busting into an office and giving a long, eloquent speech, this is obviously not the best way to do things in real life. Start small, i.e. talking to your boss in private.
- Once you’ve conquered the small fears, expand your horizons.
Started nailing those small, but important tasks? Great! Now it’s time to go a little bit further. This will obviously change in each individuals scenario, but whatever your next scary, yet achievable, task may be, go for it!
- If you’re looking to boost your self confidence, don’t ask “how am I doing?”.
Asking this sort of question to your peers or superiors infers self-doubt. Avoid it and instead try to practice evaluating your own actions and accepting the decision you have come to.
- Once your self-confidence begins to rise, remember to remain grounded.
No one likes a cocky person, and this can be very harmful in certain situations. Confidence does not need to mean you have a massive ego. Stay grounded, respectful of others and allow your new found confidence, work ethic and great performances to shine about all else.