Boosting Self-Confidence in the Workplace

How confident are you? Have you considered how your self-esteem has affected your career?

“As long as you keep going, you’ll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is a success.”

– Tamara Taylor

Self-confidence is as simple as knowing what you do well and what your value is. It is important to have a healthy level of self-esteem. Self-confidence is definitely the key to success, especially when it comes to higher levels of productivity in the workplace. Confidence is very vital for anyone to be able to lead their own life. Here are the benefits of self-confidence.

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Increased Performance

Self-confidence is not only related to your performance but also related to how other people perceive you. Performance is also boosted because you are willing to try new things. Being confident in your skills and abilities, more likely to take risks to meet your goal and conquer any roadblock ahead of you.

Happiness

Confidence is the root of happiness. Happiness is complex and there are many factors that can influence it. Building self-esteem is certainly a building block towards happiness.

Social Ease

Confidence is the power to be yourself. Building your social skills is very important to your self-esteem and emotional well-being. Social skill is a vital part of building confidence.

Health

Exhibiting self-confidence are generally healthier and tend to live longer. That’s because confidence is a positive emotion. Self-confidence is an optimistic belief in your personal worth. Optimism protects the mind against depression and reduces stress.

Confidence leads to success.

Believe in yourself. Believe in your skills.

And most importantly, believe in your ability to succeed.

High self-confidence is an important factor in improving business ties and balancing personal life. People with high self-confidence approach their problems differently as compared to others. They know the importance of building relationships and they are willing to be in a conversation that gives equal importance and respect. They also love to express their ideas in front of others, as they are emotionally secure enough to take constructive criticisms and reject emotional ones. In addition, a self-confident person has the humility to acknowledge their mistakes and learn from them.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

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Building Self-Confidence

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.

Act the Part

Hold your head high, sit up straight, gently bring your shoulders back to align your spine and look directly at the person when interacting. Present yourself in a way that you are ready to master or take command for any situations. The key is not to let your body language undermine what it is you want to do as a leader. Since a large part of communication comes from body language, which includes posture and facial expressions. Confident body language actually makes you feel more confident and appear more confident to others.

  • Practice Smiling – smiling has been shown to increase productivity while performing tasks.
  • Pay attention to Posture – body posture is important it projects confidence. It sends a subtle, but powerful message that you’re a confident and approachable man.
  • Use Power Poses – changing your body language in ways that can make you feel more confident.
  • Use Engage Body Language – engaged body language involves using open gestures, smiling and nodding, and mirroring the expressions and movements of the other person.
  • Remember your arms and legs – interpreting your body language as being a sign of confidence or arrogance, so care is needed.
  • Have a strong handshake – demonstrate a firm handshake when you meet a person, especially if it’s someone you want to make a good impression.
  • Dress for Confidence – real confidence comes with expecting your personal quirks and working with them. In this way, dressing with confidence by knowing your look, and playing to your personal strengths.
  • Stop Fidgeting – Fidgeting is a clear sign of nervousness. These nervous movements draw attention away from what you’re saying and distract people from your message.
  • Practice appropriate eye contact – eye contact suggests you’re truthful, engaging, and approachable. Confident eyes impart a sense of intimacy in your interactions and make the other person feel more positive and connected to you.

Dress the Part

The symbolism behind what you wear has more of an impact on your behavior and self-confidence than the clothes themselves. The way you dress means you can make yourself smarter or more powerful based on your clothes alone.

Speak Assertively

Being assertive is that it can help you to become more self-confident, as you gain a better understanding of who you are and the value that you offer.

Think and Act Positively

Positive energy leads to a positive outcome. The intention of building more positive thoughts and experiences will undoubtedly increase your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Take Action

Challenge yourself to try new things, spend a little time doing something you’re already good at because it helps to remind yourself what confidence feels like.

Be Prepared

Remember the five P’s: Prior planning prevents poor performance. Confidence is attained when we’re prepared and self-aware enough to appreciate who we are, faults and all. Preparation increases self-confidence. If you want to succeed prepare well.

Confidence is important in the workplace not only for success but also for feeling happy and satisfied.

“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about.”

– Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul, and Television Personality

Confidence can never be taught to employees. Confidence is the cornerstone for any improvement in the world. People who are confident grew up with a realistic appraisal of their abilities; this allowed them to develop a strategy and plan to strengthen themselves and to use improvements to create positive feedback that strengthens their perception they can influence the outcome, a perception that reduces pressure moments.

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