CAREER ADVANCEMENT / JUL. 16, 2013
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How to Improve your Self-Confidence

Self confidence is something that we all hope to possess but when push comes to shove, we know we don’t possess it in those situations that matter. Self confidence in the workplace is one of the most beneficial attributes a person can have, as it enables them to demonstrate to others that they know how to hold themselves and become successful employees.

If you don’t feel self-confideny, fear not. There are countless ways to work on improving this, and though self-confidence is something that many people naturally possess, there are a number of techniques that you can learn and build on along the way.

Here's a guide to learn more about improving your self-confidence from today!

Eliminate self-doubt

It’s only natural to doubt yourself from time to time. After all, we live in a society where we are forced to question ourselves and our behaviour in so many ways. But self-doubt is a useless emotion that only works towards plaguing our senses and encouraging us to put ourselves down. By continually doing this, you will fail to acknowledge your positive characteristics, instead choose to forget the ‘negative’ aspects of your personality.

Admit it

People that lack in self confidence often fail to acknowledge that this is the case. Whether with your friends, a close colleague or loved ones, it is important to recognize your low confidence levels to make an improvement. By acknowledging your lack of self-esteem, you will be one step closer to eliminating it.

Confront your fears

One of the greatest ways to build self-confidence is to embrace the thing that you fear the most. Hate contributing in a meeting? Then make a habit to do so! Are you usually the one to hide at the back of the room in a presentation? Then sit at the front, keep your head held high and make sure that everyone can see you. By practising habits such as these on a regular basis, you can be sure that over time you will increase your confidence levels and realise that the things you feared the most were in fact irrational concerns.

Avoid gossip like the plague

Gossip is one of the most vicious yet all-encompassing elements of any workplace. Do everything in your power to avoid it like the plague; because once you start getting involved in gossip, it will destroy your self-confidence as it reveals your need to be seen as the one ‘in the know’.

Tackle everything as it comes your way

Worried about a minor issue? Go get it resolved before you continue to dwell on it any further. This will minimize drama and demonstrate that you are professional and confident when dealing with workplace matters. Don't shy away from issues, instead take them in your stride and exude the confidence you feel!

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