Progressing in any career requires a certain level of self-assurance.
I mean, think about it. Before you can convince your manager or boss that you’re ready to step up to the next level, you have to convince yourself!
If you’re naturally quite introverted, don’t worry. There are ways to build up your confidence levels so that you’re 100% ready to make the leap to a managerial role or take on more responsibilities – even switch to a new industry entirely.
Below are five great ways to give yourself a confidence boost today.
Start by avoiding negativity, including people in your life who might put you down or sway your self-confidence. Even if you aren’t feeling it yet, be positive – focus on the solutions and not the problems in your life.
CHECK YOUR BODY LANGUAGE & IMAGE
Posture, smiling, and speech can all make others feel more comfortable around you. Speak slowly and surely, and maintain eye contact. Think of the ‘you’ you aspire to be and dress the part.
DON’T LET FAILURE GET TO YOU
Failing at something can be a huge blow to your confidence, but don’t let it ruin your efforts. Stop negative thoughts in their tracks – the next time ‘I’m not good enough’ comes into your head, turn it around with a positive affirmation until you truly believe it.
When you have learned everything there is to know about the new job or presentation – anything that feels a little daunting – you’ll feel much more confident with the knowledge you can back it up.
REVISIT YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
Sometimes it’s easy to overlook how far we’ve come already with our goals. Write down a list of what you’ve already achieved on your journey for an instant self-confidence boost.
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