Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are all having a fantastic week. As I have work on my mind a lot lately because of all of the changes, I started thinking about something I have always struggled with when it comes to any kind of work: confidence. I have never been a super confident person because I have always kind of feared I didn’t belong or should just try to keep my head down. I have always been a hard worker and tried really hard in everything I do, but I’m not going to shout about it or really put myself forward as much as some would. But I have learned over the past year especially how much confidence is important not only in your current job, but also in moving forward with whatever job you want. So today I wanted to share some ways you can be more confident at work if you struggle in this area also.
Share your ideas.
When it comes to a lack of confidence at work, it usually isn’t because of a lack of knowledge or understanding. It’s usually a lack of voice or the desire to draw attention to yourself. But I have learned that it never hurts to bring up your ideas or perspectives because it’s just an idea. It’s not changing everything completely, it’s just an idea. And if there is a better way to do something or a more efficient approach, people should know about that. And when you start sharing your own ideas and thoughts more often, you grow your confidence because you start to feel more comfortable.
Don’t allow yourself to be talked over.
When in a meeting or a presentation of any kind, don’t allow anyone to talk over you, interrupt you, or shut you down. You have the right to be heard and for everyone to hear you out, especially if you spend most of your time listening. Don’t be afraid to speak up and let others know that you weren’t finished talking. Don’t be rude about it, just stand up for yourself. Let them know that you still have more to say and would like for them to hear you out until you are finished. Then complete your thoughts. Don’t rush through it. Say what you want to say. It will help you build confidence not only in speaking, but also in standing up for yourself, especially when it counts the most.
Learn to say “no”.
As a people pleaser it’s always been difficult for me to say no to things I didn’t want to do or really couldn’t do. I would often take on more than I could handle and get really overwhelmed. So I have learned to say “no” and stand my ground when I really can’t take on anymore. I will still be helpful and say yes when I can, but I set boundaries and limits with myself so that I don’t give myself too much and add stress that realistically I know I can’t handle. I gain nothing from being taken advantage of and neither do you. So don’t allow yourself to be walked over and say yes to everything. Know that you are in control of your own time and you know better than anyone what you are able to do and what you are not.
Celebrate your accomplishments.
One of the best and most fun ways to build your confidence at work is to celebrate your accomplishments. Be proud of what you are able to do and any success you have. The more you celebrate your hard work the more confidence you will build because you will start to clearly see everything that you are doing and contributing to your work. You don’t have to go around bragging all the time, but you also shouldn’t minimize all the things you have accomplished. You deserve to celebrate when you have a victory, no matter if it’s big or small. Don’t downplay yourself because if you continue to think what you are doing is no big deal then so will everyone else. Take pride in what you do.
Fight for what you deserve.
If you know you have earned a raise and haven’t received it, it’s up to you to point it out. If you weren’t paid fairly one week, point that out. If you feel like you are being undervalued in the job you are doing, bring that up. You know what you deserve and you know the work you are doing, so if you see an issue in how you are being treated in any capacity, you have to bring this up. It will help you build confidence because you will start developing the communication skills needed to bring up issues and stand up for yourself. It will help you find the voice to fight for yourself and be your own advocate.
Starting out in the professional world can be challenging because we don’t always know what the right thing to do or say is. So often we just try to stay hidden and out of the way. But that doesn’t really help us in the long run. If anything it just keeps us down. So doing these things can help build confidence and find your way of fighting for yourself and what you need. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this and find it helpful. Please like it if you did. Let us know down below in the comments what your tips are for building confidence at work or what you struggle with the most. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!