How to improve Self-confidence

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

You may have already read my blog on self-worth. I came across an interesting blog in HBR about building one’s self-confidence. If you are new to the work place, you may find that there are several knowledgeable people in the team. There may also be some who takes another person’s idea and hashes it like their own. There may be someone who finds / creates loopholes in your argument so their opinion matters more. How do you go about gaining self-confidence in these situations?

  • Set larger goals for yourself. If you have been given an assignment, break it down into small pieces. As you complete each piece of work, you have accomplished something! The more you accomplish, the better it is. It helps to boost your confidence.
  • Stay current in your field. If you are a software engineer, know the language well. Browse through forums to see sample codes, problems and solutions. Join community to groups outside your company to gain support. If you are in customer service business, see how other companies serve their customers. What best practices can you adopt? What are the industry trends, productivity enhancers, trade shows that you can attend, etc.
  • Be kind to yourself. It is okay to fail sometimes. Learn from them and move on. Overall, you need to have more wins than fails. As long as you do not make the same mistake twice, you are learning.

Your confidence increases as you accomplish more. Reflect on your past to identify circumstances in which you have been extremely successful. How can you create similar environment for you? Set some achievable plans for the short term and long term in your role and stay focused.

I would like to hear from the readers about what worked for you. Please share your tips to benefit others.


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