Whether you’ve been in your position for years or just started, showing confidence at work can sometimes be a challenge. Yet, it’s important because confident people tend to be happier, produce better results, and get promoted. So how do we do it, especially when we’re just not feeling it? Try one (or all) of these 4 foolproof ways to build confidence at work:
Ask for Feedback
Ahhh, constructive feedback. It’s one of our favorite f words! Sure, it can be difficult to hear, but keeping an open mind makes it easier. When taking on new tasks, instead of anxiously wondering whether your work was up to par, be proactive and ask for feedback along the way. This shows you take pride in your work, and that you’re open to constructive criticism. Doing so will also help you gauge what you need to work on and where your strengths are.
Unless your name is Google, no one knows all the answers (even when they think they do). If you’re unsure about a task it’s okay to ask for guidance. People tend to think asking questions makes you seem inadequate, but the opposite is true – it shows you’re eager to learn and ambitious. Studies also show that whoever you ask for help from will also think you’re more competent, because helping makes them feel good about themselves. (Woot! Two birds; one stone.)
Helping someone else with a task is a great way to make yourself feel more confident. So, show off those skills! If you know you’re good at something, don’t be afraid to offer your services to other coworkers. Not only will it help you feel better about yourself, but it promotes a healthy environment where teamwork is encouraged and appreciated.
Eliminate Negative Language
We’re our own biggest critics at times. Stop using language like “I can’t.” The moment you tell yourself you can’t do something, you close yourself off to solutions. Try to incorporate language like, “How could I?” Instead of making excuses, look at every challenge as an opportunity to show off your rockstar qualities.