Published 15 August 2016 Category: Office

6 Ways to Build Confidence in the Workplace

There’s no shame in admitting to feeling insecure in the workplace from time to time – it’s how you deal with it that matters. Whether it’s being thrown in at the deep end in a new role, feeling intimidated by another colleague’s experience or struggling with some criticisms of your work, here are a few ways on how to boost your confidence in business.

Capitalise on your strengths
At your lowest moments, try focusing on what you’re good at. Write down a list of what you think your greatest strengths are – whether they’re smaller specific skills (that you’re a whizz with Excel spreadsheets) or bigger-picture assets (that you’re a whizz at strategizing in general) – and think of ways to utilise these even more in your working life. Don’t be afraid to celebrate these things either; make others aware of your particular skillsets so you can work on tasks that capitalise on your strengths in future.

Increase your knowledge
One of the easiest ways to build your confidence is simply to learn more – that way you’ll feel better prepared for whatever work has to throw at you. Read business books (LINK TO BUSINESS BOOKS ARTICLE), watch TED talks, listen to podcasts (LINK TO PODCASTS ARTICLE), attend industry seminars, sign up to workshops… there’s a myriad of ways to increase your knowledge base. It can even be as simple as asking questions at your next work meeting – it’s far better to be pipe up now and show you’re keen to learn rather than potentially struggling and failing at a task later.

Learn from your mistakes
Accept that we all make mistakes – what’s more important is how we learn from them. Rather than getting sucked into a whirlwind of negativity and self-criticism, instead focus on what you’d do differently next time or how you can avoid those mistakes happening in future. Practice does make perfect… but it’s good to remember that perfection is relative anyway!

Challenge yourself
One of the biggest confidence boosters is achieving something that you never thought was possible – so go forth and feel the fear! Find projects and tasks that will help you stretch yourself; it’s only through embracing the unknown that you’ll learn new things in the first place. Try not to compare yourself with others and instead judge yourself on your own achievements. It might sound scary at first but the sense of accomplishment will be worth it – and you’ll be confident in the knowledge that next time round, you’re likely to do things even better.

Seek feedback from others
Sometimes other people see talents in us that we do not recognise ourselves – and the best way to find that out is by asking them! Seeking feedback is a vital part of building self-confidence; whether it’s asking colleagues with more experience or total outsiders what they think of your work, hearing what you’re good at and what you can improve on can often be an eye-opening experience, helping you gain a better sense of yourself.

Surround yourself with positivity
OK, this might sound like you’re embracing your inner hippy… but seriously, it’s a lot easier to be confident when you’re surrounded with people that believe in you rather than those trading in negativity and jealously. Self-doubt can be crippling enough without others joining in for the fun – instead look for supportive co-workers or mentors who build you up when you’re feeling down and celebrate your successes with you. Don’t just leave it to others to help you with this process; try keeping a record of your achievements for a spot of self-encouragement at tough times and don’t be afraid to reward yourself for positive outcomes – the greatest confidence boost of all!