Do you need help finding your voice at work? If so, you aren’t alone. A recent study by Fairygodboss and Dress for Success found that 1 in 2 women are not confident at work. Improving your self-confidence requires more than positive affirmations or staying in your comfort zone. To become more confident at work and in general, you must push yourself and put in real work. Here are a few practical ways of improving your confidence in the workplace.
1. Know your strengths and weaknesses
We all have a few natural talents we should be leaning into. Even when you feel you can’t contribute as much as others in one area, you can contribute heavily in places you know and own. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses will help you put yourself in situations that boost your confidence. It will also help you control your emotions when you recognize an area you don’t know.
2. Find your pride
Creating and finding a group of people who will cheer you on, tell you the truth, and encourage you to improve yourself continuously is critical. Expecting one person to be your cheerleader and your advisor is not practical. We encourage finding a group (or, as we call it, a pride) that each offers a different perspective and value that can be used to help you build confidence.
3. Take small steps
Everyone has a different journey in life. This is a marathon, not a sprint, so don’t expect to walk into the office tomorrow ready to dominate the presentation. Start by taking small steps to grow your confidence.
4. Accept defeat (when necessary)
Perfection is a myth. Nobody can constantly be perfect. Defeat and setbacks are part of growing and need to be accepted. The key thing to remember is to learn and grow from setbacks.
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