Self-confidence at work - how to build it?

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There are many factors that can inhibit our personal and professional development. One of them is definitely a lack of self-confidence. It often seems to us that we were born this way and there is nothing we can do about it. Therefore, whatever task we do not perform, whatever we do not think about, we reproach ourselves for not doing everything as we should. This is how we explain our failures at work, with a hint of jealousy looking at people who climb up and succeed after success. We are sure we will not succeed. However, this attitude is not given to us once and for all. How to build self-confidence at work? What to do to believe in your abilities? In this article, we will try to clarify this issue.

Confidence at work or conceit?

Self-confidence at work is perceived in two ways - either someone admires such an employee for knowing his worth and what he can do, or because he thinks he is cocky and sees nothing but the tip of his nose.

It is not worth confusing self-confidence with conceit, arrogance, self-exaltation. Yes, it happens that a person who has dubious skills speaks of them as if they made him president, and then one can sense insincerity and self-righteousness in it. However, the fact that someone is aware of their competences, knows not only weaknesses but also strengths, is not a bad thing - quite the opposite. This attitude facilitates development, pursuit of a set goal and achieving professional success.

People who are unsure of themselves often only see the flaws in their job. They remember that on September 15, 2003, they made a huge mistake in the report and put the company at risk of losses, and completely ignore the fact that they acquired an important client yesterday. Reminding myself of mistakes and explaining: I already have it, I fail to do anything, it is very harmful. If we think we can't do anything, why should the employer not believe it and just not fire us?

Personal development and self-confidence at work

It is difficult to talk about personal development when we do not believe in ourselves at all. Why do we need another training if we won't learn anything anyway? Why do we need more tasks, when we can barely cope with the current ones? Why look for a new job when we haven't learned anything new for years? The vicious circle closes and we are stuck in lethargy.

It is possible to build self-confidence at work or in private life! This attitude is not given to us once and for all. All you need to do is pause for a moment, think about and analyze our behavior to see where to start rebuilding your self-confidence. Only then can we begin to fully develop. We will notice how many things we can do and how many of them we want to learn. It will cease to seem to us that this is an insurmountable threshold. What to do to build self-confidence at work?

  1. Learn from failures but focus on successes
    As we have already mentioned, it is easier to remember a big mistake from 14 years ago than a success from a week ago. This is a very common occurrence. We only have what we broke, mistakes, failures and that's what we focus on. For if it happened once or twice, why should it suddenly work?
    It is worth learning from mistakes, drawing conclusions and lessons from them. However, one should not endlessly dwell on the failures that have occurred. A fresh mind will allow us to have better ideas, more creativity and more efficient work. If we think of failure again, let's focus on the positives. Let us recall what we did well, what we are proud of, brought us satisfaction. Let us be aware of how much we have learned and how much experience we have gained. Let us be aware of our skills, let us appreciate ourselves.

  2. Know your advantages and disadvantages
    It is much easier for us to list our disadvantages than our advantages. This is a mistake because we should be aware of both our strengths and weaknesses. Create a table and list them. For each bad side, add a way that you can work on it, e.g. if you are constantly late, set an earlier bedtime.

  3. Accept yourself
    Without self-acceptance, along with advantages and disadvantages, it is difficult to start talking about confidence at work at all. Now that you know what you are, you have analyzed it, you are aware of what you can change, you have nothing else to do but like yourself. It is true that it is difficult to be accepted by others if we have a problem with it ourselves. Perhaps the features you do not accept are a bit exaggerated by you? Maybe it's not that bad at all? Pause for a moment and think about what is keeping you from accepting this.

  4. Grow at your own pace
    The friend with whom you started your studies has much more professional experience than you, and has been in a managerial position for a long time? A colleague who started work later from you has already been promoted and you are still performing the same tasks? Do you think everyone has already achieved tremendous success, but not you? It's just a distortion of reality, in fact, you most likely only focus on people who impress you and forget that everyone has their own pace of work, and the road to the goal can be really winding. Don't compare yourself to other people, go your own pace because rushing is a bad adviser.

  5. Don't take everything personally
    Your manager sent you comments on the project and you break down right away? Are you sure that you won't stay in the company for a long time, that someone will fire you in a moment, because there are so many comments? You can't concentrate, are you blaming yourself for how little you know and how poorly you work? Remember that comments are directed to the project, not to you, do not take them personally. Just correct the task done previously as best you can. Show that you learn from mistakes, remember what you did wrong, and how to change it. Nobody is infallible, especially the first time they do something. Treat criticism as science.

  6. Be brave
    The boss is looking for someone who can translate the text into Czech and you know the language very well? Take advantage of it and don't be afraid to say it out loud. Do not think about whether you will understand everything, do not explain to yourself that you will break something and that everyone will feel sorry for it. If you can help - offer that you will take care of the translation. The more often you have the opportunity to use what you are sure you can do, the more confidence you will build at work.