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September 11, 2020

Does Your Confidence Need a Boost?

No matter how good we are at our jobs, sometimes we question our ability. This often happens when we are faced with new, difficult tasks. Just characterizing something as “difficult” can harm your self-confidence, so avoid the word. Instead, think of it as a challenge. Here some tips for giving yourself a boost when you need it. 

  • Remember past successes. This seems simple, but it can be hard for some of us. However, taking your attention off what you see as “difficulties” and putting it on what you have handled successfully in the past will boost your confidence. Give yourself credit!
  • Focus on the opportunity. Every new assignment is an opportunity to learn and grow. Take time to figure out what you need to do and what you need to learn, and then take action to get the resources and training you need. 
  • Fake it until you feel it. Put on a show of self-confidence. It can be tempting to huddle down and worry about your ability to succeed, but this leads directly to procrastination. Hold your head up and move ahead. You may not feel confident right away, but faking it will help you feel more confident sooner rather than later.

Confidence comes from facing and meeting challenges. It requires us to stretch and grow and to step out from our comfort zones. Check out my blog post What’s Stopping You? for more information.

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