Confidence is an extremely valuable life skill. It can help you in all areas of your life, from personal relationships and everyday endeavors to business settings and professional environments.
In this article, we will be talking about the latter. Why is confidence important in the workplace, and how can you increase your self-esteem?
Let’s go over the seven best tips to help you be more confident at work, even if you are anxious and struggle with this skill generally.
#1 – Remain Optimistic
Maintaining a positive outlook on life is very useful, no matter how you put it. The same is true when it comes to every work environment you will find yourself in during your professional life.
People love to spend time with other people who can brighten their day. If you can stay optimistic in even the hardest times, they will look at you as a shining ball of joy they want to be around!
The fact that you can do so will undoubtedly show that you are completely sure of yourself and have high self-esteem. You value your skills and your entire personality so much that you never let bad things shake you up. You are stable and self-confident.
#2 – Have Confident Body Language
Nothing shows that you are (or are not) confident more than the way you walk and talk. Your posture, maintaining eye contact, the firmness of your handshake – all of these show people whether you are a self-confident individual in a matter of seconds.
That is the main reason why it is important to work on your body language. Once you can master it, you will appear more confident no matter where you go!
Soon, you will develop a particular aura around yourself that we like to call quiet confidence. You can read more about it in this article.
#3 – Support Your Coworkers
Confident people don’t put others down. They lift them up!
One of the easiest ways to show your coworkers that you are a person with high self-esteem, perfectly aware of your strengths and weaknesses, is to support them in their career efforts.
By supporting other people, you show that you are content with your life. You have a clear direction and a set of goals you want to achieve. However, you also understand that others probably have their dreams and aspirations. You want to help them get there faster.
Not only will doing this help you appear more confident, but it will also make you a much more likable person that people will enjoy spending time with outside of work, too!
#4 – Know Your Strengths
We have briefly mentioned this point in the previous tip. However, since it is extremely important, we should go over it in a bit more detail.
All confident individuals are very aware of the things they are good at and consider their strengths. These are the positive things about your personality and your life, such as:
- the good interpersonal traits you have (kindness, altruism, etc.)
- your useful traits (intelligence, hard work, ambition, etc.)
- your achievements (awards, certifications, education, etc.)
- your connections (the people you know professionally)
Knowing what your good sides are will help you find more reasons to respect yourself. Once you get that down, it will be very easy to become more self-confident. You gave yourself plenty of reasons to do so!
It is important not to brag about any of these, though! Boasting about either your achievements or your personality is the best and quickest way to show that, deep down, you are insecure.
People can easily spot fake confidence and attention-seeking behavior. Try to own your strengths and showcase them in appropriate situations. By doing this, other people will naturally notice them and point them out. They will soon recognize you for those particular things, and you won’t ever need to brag about them.
If you do need to brag about one of your traits to make others notice it, the chances are – you probably don’t own that trait in the first place.
#5 – Know Your Weaknesses
Following up with the previous tip, you should be just as aware of your weaknesses as of your strengths.
You might wonder why this is the case. How can focusing on the bad things about your personality or your professional life help you be more confident? It seems counter-intuitive.
However, we are not saying that you should focus on these things. What we are saying is that you should become aware of them. There is a big difference.
By becoming aware of what you do not do so well, you will know what you should work on and where you could improve. You know how they say: you are only as strong as your weakest link.
This statement couldn’t be more true. While you should not obsess about your weaknesses and flaws (we all have them, after all), you should do your best to grow in areas that you can improve.
Additionally, being aware of your weaknesses will make you less likely to be insecure about them. Insecurity is the biggest underminer of confident behavior. Doing everything in your power to eradicate it is a great move overall.
#6 – Go Out of Your Comfort Zone
What is the best way to expand your views on life and show that you are fearless? Get out of your comfort zone!
Being unafraid to do what is uncomfortable if that thing can help you make progress separates successful people from unsuccessful ones. You can apply the same logic to your career.
Only by doing the things that scare you to death will you be able to keep improving consistently. Working on yourself by setting new challenges will increase your strengths and reduce your weaknesses, which goes well with the advice we previously gave you!
We hope that these seven tips gave you some useful insights into how to appear more confident at work. Start implementing them one by one, and you will soon see big changes!