Even the greatest leaders lack self-confidence at certain times. Self-confidence is not a static quality; rather, it’s a mindset that takes effort to maintain when the going gets rough. It must be learned, practiced and mastered just like any other skill. But once you master it, you will be changed for the better.
Here are six effective ways to promote your own self-confidence.
1. Act the Part
Your body language can instantly demonstrate self-assuredness, or it can scream insecurity. Present yourself in a way that says you are ready to master or take command of any situation. If you look confident and act the part you aspire to reach, you’ll not only feel in control, people will have much more confidence in you as well.
Hold your head high, sit up straight, gently bring your shoulders back to align your spine and look directly at the other person when interacting. Avoid a limp handshake and maintain good eye contact while someone is speaking to you.
2. Dress the Part
When you look better, you feel better. If you choose clothing and accessories that fit you well, suit your industry and lifestyle, and make you feel good, this will automatically increase your self-esteem. Look like the part you want to play, or in other words, suit up for success. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine in your accessories. Bold jewelry or a colorful tie can be a focal point and a good conversation starter.
3. Speak Assertively
The next time you listen to your favorite speaker, be mindful of the way he or she delivers a speech. A great speaker speaks confidently, in a steady, rhythmic tone. Instead of the “ums” and “ahs” that interrupt flow, they use pauses to emphasize ideas.
Adopt an assertive, but not aggressive, way of speaking that indicates your self-confidence. You will feel your self-esteem begin to rise. To be taken seriously, avoid high-pitched, nervous chatter or twittering giggles in your speech. People will listen to you more attentively when they see the leader radiate from within you.
4. Think and Act Positively
Positive energy leads to positive outcomes, so set your mind to the can-do side of any situation, avoiding the negative self-talk that can make you feel less confident. Smile, laugh and surround yourself with happy, positive people. You’ll feel better and the people with whom you work will enjoy your company.
Keep a gratitude journal to remind yourself of the high points of your day and your accomplishments. You will develop more peace and confidence when you are in a grateful state of mind.
5. Take Action
There’s more to being confident than just how you look. You must act the part. Walk up to a stranger at a networking event, or accept a project you’d normally reject. Practice being self-confident and soon it will become second nature.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear, while action breeds confidence and courage. As an exercise, jot down your strengths and weaknesses. Most people will tell you to work on your weaknesses, but use what you’ve got and capitalize on your strengths instead. Once you put more energy into your positive traits, your confidence will start to shine through.
6. Be Prepared
Remember the five P’s: Prior planning prevents poor performance. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel about your expertise and competency. Preparation will help you avoid getting tripped up by life’s unexpected glitches.
Learn everything you can about your industry, your subject matter, your goals and what drives you towards success. Before you start a task, first imagine how you want to feel once you’ve completed it. Don’t try to accomplish too much at once. Break complex tasks up into small, bite-size, manageable pieces.
As U.S. Army General Creighton Williams Abrams Jr. once said, “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” If you have patience and perseverance, you are only steps away from a more confident you.
Improve Your Confidence
Confidence in the workplace is one of the most important qualities you can have. Showing your colleagues and managers that you believe in yourself leads them to believe in you too.
You can get ahead by employing these 8 tricks to mask your insecurities, make you feel more confident, and have others see you as a confident person even when you don’t feel like one.
How to Feel Confident
Never Undermine Yourself
Negativity can be the downfall in any job and to be a confident employee you cannot undermine yourself. Many people make self-deprecating remarks as a defensive mechanism so that expectations of them are lowered.
Instead, use positive self-talk to remain confident. And never ever talk badly about yourself out loud or in front of supervisors.
Celebrate Your Accomplishments
Even the smallest accomplishment should be celebrated in the workplace – even if you’re the only one doing the celebrating. Spoil yourself with your favourite cup of coffee every time you make a sale, exceed your targets, or get a great customer review.
Simple celebrations are an ideal way to remind yourself that you’re awesome and capable of success.
Count Your Blessings
It’s so important to remind yourself about what’s great about your job. Be happy and you’ll be able stay motivated to do even more pushing. For every negative thought, counter it with a positive one – there is always someone with a worse boss, worse benefits, and worse colleagues than you.
Always always, always avoid dwelling on the negative.
Ask For Feedback
Regularly requesting feedback is a great way to build pride in your abilities. If the feedback’s positive, you’ll instantly feel better about yourself. If it’s somewhat negative, you’ll be motivated to improve and soon you’ll produce better work, which in turn will make you feel better about yourself. By looking for the positive in every situation, you’ll feel more confident about yourself and your future.
How to Appear Confident
Focus on Your Strengths
Understanding your innate strengths will make you a more confident employee. This is because you will know which extra tasks to take on or when to volunteer for a certain project at work. Because you already know what needs to be done and how, you’ll appear confident and competent.
Look the Part
Make a point of wearing clothes that you’re comfortable in, and that is well-put together. A benefit to dressing the part is that others will begin to look up to you as a professional in your field. Showing confidence outwardly through appropriate business attire is a great way to boost your confidence inwardly too.
Tip: Try mirroring the style of your management team.
Speak the Part
When in conversation with others, concentrate to slow down your words. Not only will you appear to be more in control, but you’ll also have time to consider what to say next. This helps to avoid slip-ups and mispronunciations. Make a point of adding pauses after impactful points, like when you’re pitching a new idea. It will add more weight to whatever your last sentence was and give your audience time to soak it in, adding to the total amount of authority and confidence you project.
Tip: Keep the voice a tone or two lower. People tend to view speakers with lower speaking voices as having more authority and confidence.
Mind Your Body Language
People read your body language instinctively, often without second-thought. It’s because our poses and postures reflect our mood and our confidence level. We stand and walk a certain way when we’re confident and another way when we’re nervous. With a little practice, we can learn the tips to show confidence through body language so that we always appear confident, capable and ready.
Always stand upright with your head held high, roll your shoulders back, firmly plant your feet and open your chest. Give a strong handshake, remember to smile, and try not to fidget.
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