The idea of running a project makes your stomach drop. You fear having to speak in front of your colleagues. And you regularly question yourself when it comes to the quality of your work.
If any of these scenarios sounds familiar to you, you suffer from a lack of confidence. And that’s unfortunate, because you can be a talented and dedicated worker, but if you don’t have confidence, you could be missing opportunities to advance your career. For example, you may not apply for the job you want, even if you are qualified. Or your boss may not consider you for a promotion because you don’t have the required leadership skills.
But luckily, you can teach yourself to be confident. Here we tell you how:
Use body language that demonstrates confidence.
You should keep your head up and keep your shoulders back. When you talk, make eye contact with the other person and use gestures. This will make others perceive you as a leader. And the most interesting thing is that the more you do this, your brain will believe that you do have confidence.
It is very important to know your area of expertise. Being sure of your own abilities helps a lot to reduce doubts.
Keep an updated list of your achievements.
To combat that annoying voice in your head that continually tells you that you can’t do something, make a list of your accomplishments. Whether you have managed a challenging project on your own, delivered successfully, or learned a new language that you can use for business purposes, regularly remember all the things you have done well in the past. This will help you realize that you are more capable than you think.
Live a healthy lifestyle.
Eating right, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep can help you feel good, which in turn can help you feel more secure. This is because you achieve your sports goals and affirm your ability to achieve goals. Healthy nutrition can increase your performance at work and getting high-quality sleep is linked to higher self-esteem.
If you’ve been through life feeling insecure, cultivating these new habits can make you feel uncomfortable at first. But if you get attached to this, you will soon notice that your confidence will grow, and you will be able to focus on your professional career, without your insecurity stopping you.