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How to boost confidence at work: 10 tips for success

Author: Eightfold Institute

Published on 28 October, 2020

To boost confidence at work is not about consulting career coaches or asking for tips from your colleagues.  

The fear of making mistakes or holding back your ideas just because of your fear of being judged, are the most common cause of losing confidence at work. It stops you from going out of your comfort zone in trying new ideas, achieving your work goals and reaching your business targets. Being confident at work allows you to focus better, achieve your targets, keep your boss happy and also have a sense of job satisfaction.  

People are not born with an in-built sense of confidence. Here are 10 tips on how to boost your confidence level at work. These small changes can produce miraculous results:

1. Be kind and gentle to yourself even when you make a mistake:

Mistakes do not define your skills or individual worth. Encourage yourself to do better next time rather than blaming yourself.

2. Practice professional and personal development

You are a lot more confident when you know something and have a deeper understanding about a topic or skill. Read and update yourself with the latest skills and technology required at your workplace.

3. Undertake a SWOT analysis

Focusing on your strengths is a great way to boost your confidence. Do a SWOT analysis and play to your strengths at work. A SWOT analysis will also inform you of the areas you need to work upon to be more confident.

4. Develop new skills

Learning new skills improves your knowledge, which helps boost your confidence level. Attending seminars or webinars can be a great way to learn. Nowadays, you can learn practically anything with the click of a button. Take advantage of the wide array of online courses available on LinkedIn learning, Hubspot and others

5. Ask questions

There is no shame in accepting that you do not know something. It’s always better to ask and solve your doubts rather head on the wrong track. Chances are that you’ll take a big hit to your confidence level. Asking questions also improves communication skills with your superiors and helps understand their expectations from you.

6. Evaluate your performance

Every time you complete a task, ask yourself how you could have made it better. Take note of it and keep that in mind for your next project. This increases your confidence level and makes you better at handling future tasks.

7. Don’t take criticism personally

Criticism can be harsh at times. Whenever you hear something and feel it isn’t true remind yourself of the skills you have, and the situations you have tackled in the past. This will make you feel positive and increase your confidence.

8. Set goals

Get in the habit of setting small achievable goals. You can increase the complexity of these goals as you move forward. Accomplishing goals can boost your confidence by a significant measure.

9. Gather feedback

Asking for feedback is a great way to know how you can improve your strengths and weakness. This helps you stay on the right track and correct your mistakes.

10. Positivity is the key to confidence

True positivity is not about ignoring problems. It’s about accepting failure and still having the courage to overcome it. Develop a positive attitude and start working on things. The results will surprise you.  

Make sure you let go off things that are holding you back and start having a different approach to ensure you have more confidence in yourself.  

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