Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle to find it. Sadly, this can be a vicious circle: people who lack self-confidence can find it difficult to become successful.
After all, most people are reluctant to back a project that’s being pitched by someone who was nervous, fumbling, and overly apologetic.
On the other hand, you might be persuaded by someone who speaks clearly, who holds his or her head high, who answers questions assuredly, and who readily admits when he or she does not know something.
Confident people inspire confidence in others: their audience, their peers, their bosses, their customers, and their friends. And gaining the confidence of others is one of the key ways in which a self-confident person finds success.
The good news is that self-confidence really can be learned and built on. And, whether you’re working on your own confidence or building the confidence of people around you, it’s well-worth the effort!
What will having more confidence do for me at work?
A confident you in the workplace could lead to professional benefits such as promotions, leadership roles, increased compensation and many other perks! You could even get more interesting and important work, as people will see they can trust you to represent them, their department, business, etc. Confidence affects every area of your life and how others see you. If you’re more confident at home than at work, it’s time to even things out!
Will more confidence at work give me more confidence in my personal life?
A makeover in one aspect of your life will have a major impact on all other areas. You may notice a change in how you speak, act and carry yourself when you aren’t at work. If you’re single, you may seek out a partner who mirrors your positive self-image and success. You may want to try new things, take a new class or plan an adventure. The new-and-improved you could shock and delight your loved ones!
I am confident, but others don’t perceive me that way. What can I do?
Make sure you set goals that you and your manager agree upon, and make sure you meet those goals. Demonstrate your ability to deliver, so that others can see you are a confident and capable person who can be trusted. Make a favorable impression by speaking clearly and competently, dress professionally and adopt a positive and open body language that serves as a true reflection of you! Your coworkers will see your confidence in no time and you’ll know what it feels like to have the respect of your peers.