23 tips and tricks that every woman needs to build confidence, boost her resume and climb the ranks.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller
When I first saw this quote, the first thing I thought was: Gee, if it only were that easy! Being confident, especially in environments such as your workplace, can be tough. Confidence isn’t something that you can just pick up easily, its a state of mind. We use confidence to describe our performance and our worth. It takes a lot of positive thinking and practice to be confident.
Being confident in your job will help boost happiness, productivity, and energy, increase your customer satisfaction, and build your overall success and growth in your field and company. Finding your confidence can be difficult, but it is not impossible. With these 23 tips, you can be on your way to being confident and making your dreams a reality.
Visualize Your Role And Make It Happen
Imagine yourself in the position you want to be in: Do you want to move up the ranks in your organization? Do you want to get on the good side of your CEO? Imagining that perfect, ideal role will make it easier for you to create it. Taking the time to look at the big picture will boost your confidence and give you to motivation to take the next steps and make your dreams a reality.
Plan And Prepare
If youre just starting a new project, job, or startup, its important to set a game plan. Get a notebook out and make a plan. What is your overarching goal? What are smaller tasks or assignments you can complete that will help you get to the finish line? Make a Plan B and even a Plan C. Going in prepared and ready for any challenge or obstacle will boost your confidence from the start.
Avoid thinking or saying the phrase: I cant do this. Eliminate negative self-talk. Believe in yourself. Embrace your strengths and your weaknesses. Realize that you will make mistakes, and you will learn from them. Write down all positive things in a gratitude journal. When youre feeling discouraged, flip through the pages. Youll start to realize that you have a lot to offer.
Also, be positive in your work. If your boss comes to your desk and gives you a task, accept it happily. Being positive will make you feel good, and it will help you feel more confident about your role in the organization or company.
Know Your Strengths And Lead With Them
Take some time to write down your strengths. Do you have excellent communication skills? Are you an expert in data visualization or content marketing? Take advantage of your strengths and confidently lead with them in your job. Take on projects that will help you highlight those strengths. Your co-workers and supervisors will then recognize them, which is a great confidence boost.
Track Your Accomplishments
Keeping track of your accomplishments is a great way to boost your confidence. Keep a to-do list of what needs to be completed for that day, week, or month, and check off when each task is completed. Doing so will not only help you avoid burnout, but it will also help you feel more confident about your work flow.
Another great tip is to keep a “kudos file” where you keep all of your thank-you notes, congratulatory emails, milestones, and positive messages. When you are starting to feel down, you can refer to this list along with your to-do list to realize that you have a lot to be proud of!
Pat Yourself On The Back
Like tracking your accomplishments, it is absolutely OK to give yourself a pat on the back every once in awhile. Dont be afraid to highlight your successes and point out to others when something you did helped benefit your company. Doing so will help you boost your confidence, and also bring a little recognition from others your way.
Accept Your Weaknesses And Work On Them
Your weaknesses can take a great toll on your confidence in the workplace. When it comes to weaknesses, the best way to boost your confidence is to accept your flaws and learn to grow from them. Do you have a weakness in graphic design? Download Adobe Photoshop and work on those skills. You will find your confidence increase because you are making the time to work on those skills.
Embrace Criticism And Turn It To Change
Criticism is a part of life, but there are times, however, when it is a tough pill to swallow. In times of criticism, try to dismiss all anger and resentment and instead use it as motivation to grow and change. Take that criticism as constructive, and youll see results. Doing so will boost your confidence rather than hinder it.
Build Your Skill Set; Train Yourself
Personal training builds self-confidence. Throughout your work day, take some time to watch TED Talks, read books, or take some free online courses that can help you learn new things about your field. The more you know, the more youll grow. Building your skill set will help you take on new challenges in the office and come up with new ideas to boost your brand.
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone Try Something New
Speaking of new skills, jump at the chance to step out of your comfort zone. Tag along with a different department on a project, try a new approach on an assignment, or even volunteer for a task that you are unsure of. Go in with an open mind and a positive outlook. Ask questions and do plenty of research. When you complete it you will have acquired new skills and gained the confidence to try it again.
Know Your Role And Stay Up To Speed
One of the most important factors in feeling confident is competence. If you are comfortable in your role, you will feel confident about the work you are doing. Dont take the fake it till you make it approach. Rather, learn about your industry and stay up to speed with ongoing trends. Staying ahead of the game will help you be more aware of what tasks need to be done and your co-workers and supervisors will be impressed with your dedication.
Create Your Own Environment
Instead of trying to move on to a different company that may have the environment you want, create your own ideal environment through your actions. Make your own brand. Work with your team to create an environment that is open, honest, and trustworthy. Having a positive environment will make you feel comfortable and confident in sharing your ideas.
Speak Your Mind Share Your Ideas
If youre in a meeting or brainstorming with a co-worker, dont be afraid to ask questions or share your thoughts. As you share ideas and form that trust among your colleagues, your confidence will grow. Remember: You are your own, unique person. You have your own talents, skills, and experience.
Be Aware Of Your Word Choice
As women, we tend to compromise our opinions by apologizing for interjecting, or even apologizing for expressing an opinion that is different from others. When you are speaking your mind, avoid the phrases I think or Maybe. Be assertive and confident in your opinions. They are justified and credible. The more you eliminate those phrases of self-doubt, the more confident you are in your input and ideas.
State Your Intentions When Taking On A Task Or Challenge
When you volunteer to take on an assignment or task, be clear in your work ethic. Tell your co-workers, supervisors, and yourself that you will complete the task at hand. You are gaining confidence when you assert your abilities and work ethic, and when you complete the assignment or project, you prove to yourself that you have what it takes to be in the role you are in.
Accept Compliments, Give Compliments
Lets face it: When someone recognizes your abilities and hard work, you get a big confidence boost. And thats great! Accept those compliments and recognize your talents and skills are appreciated. It is also important to give compliments as well!
Studies show that offering thanks and showing your gratitude to an individual also boosts your gratitude towards yourself. This fact also works with confidence. When you help boost someones confidence, you will find yours increased as well.
Join Forces With Confident People
Speaking and hanging around others who exhibit confidence will help boost your confidence. Talk with confident co-workers in the office and ask them general tips about their job, their skills, and their take on your organization or company as a whole. Eventually, their confidence will rub off on you, lift you up, and help you feel more confident.
Maintain Good Relationships With Co-Workers
Keeping a good relationship with your co-workers and your bosses is key to success in the workplace. It is best to be friends with everyone in the office, and embrace an open and honest work environment. There will be times when other co-workers wont follow this rule, so do not fall into office gossip. Instead, encourage and compliment your co-workers. Doing so will give you a good reputation in the office, and others will come to you when they need help with projects, assignments, or even life advice.
Look The Part; Dress Up
Your self-esteem and how you perceive yourself controls your thinking. Put some effort into your wardrobe and choose styles that fit you well, suit your industry, and fit your lifestyle. Personalize your wardrobe; dont be afraid to let your personality shine in your clothes. When you look good, you feel good.
Having a clean, organized workspace is another incredible way to boost productivity and your confidence. Keep your workspace simple, and stay on top of filing your papers and organizing your projects effectively. Having a clutter-free workspace will help you feel more relaxed and able to take on your day-to-day workload.
Eat Healthy And Exercise Regularly
As I said before: When you look good you feel good. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise will help boost your self-esteem and increase your productivity and focus at work. Eating right will have you feeling energized and ready to take on your daily tasks and assignments.
Act How You Want To Feel
Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author and happiness expert, says that one way to boost happiness is to act how you want to feel. This method can also be used with confidence. if you want to feel confident, act confident. Add a little pep in your step when you walk, talk more confidently when taking on projects or talking about something in your field. If you can successfully act confident, then you start to realize that you can be confident as well.
Be Aware Of Your Body Language
Exhibiting positive body language will not only boost your self-esteem, but it will also help your relationship with your co-workers and supervisors. They will see you as a friendly, approachable person, and they will feel more comfortable coming up to you to asking questions or favors. Positive body language is keeping a good posture, smile, maintaining eye contact, and taking time when you are speaking.
Be The Change You Want To See
After you have grown your confidence (congratulations!), you can coach others and create a positive change. Give positive feedback to a co-worker who seems to lack self-confidence, and become their coach in helping them boost their confidence. Creating a buddy system can create a snowball effect, and in the end you will find a more productive, successful work environment.