HOW TO BUILD CONFIDENCE
Everyone is aware that communication skills, leadership skills and teamwork are the quintessential qualities to succeed at the workplace. However, without confidence, those qualities will only take you so far. Building confidence is no easy feat, but it’s definitely a worthwhile investment of your time. To build confidence, you have to understand that there are a set of behaviours that will contribute towards boosting your confidence.
1. RECOGNISE WHAT YOU ALREADY DO WELL
If you are able to identify what you are good at, what are your strengths and your unique selling point, you can incorporate them into your professional life. Instead of constantly focusing on what you can’t do, focus on what you can do. By doing this, you will be able to take the pressure off yourself and stop worrying about your own weaknesses.
2. COMPLIMENT YOURSELF
They say that ‘if you can’t love yourself, how can you love another’? By cradling on to your negative belief system, you will be the biggest cause for your loss of self-esteem. Find it in your heart every now and then to compliment yourself for doing a good job. It’s easy to always criticise yourself for having poorly done something, which without a doubt is great for self-improvement purposes, just don’t make it a habit.
3. APPEARANCE IS KING
80% of what makes a percent look good is hair and clothes. Take that away and they will look like an average Joe. So invest some time and money in building your wardrobe. Dress well because it will give you that instant boost of confidence you’ve been looking for. Not only does it help you in your social life, but professionally as well. People who you encounter are more likely to treat you with more respect if you’ve presented yourself as someone who is self-assured.
4. ITS OK TO FAIL
We must accept that failure is a part and parcel of a series of steps that comes before we attain success. You will learn nothing from success, you only learn from failure. They key is not to give up after you face your failure and see it as an opportunity for you to grow stronger.
5. IGNORE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK
It’s an incredibly exhausting routine to always worry about whether what you say is right, whether people will like you, whether they will accept you or whether your ideas are good. Ultimately, you will not have control over what others think. So instead, direct all your energy towards improving yourself for your own benefit, not others.