Self confidence is often touted as the key to success and, in many ways, it is. But those who extoll its virtues, especially individuals who seem to possess it naturally, can’t always articulate what to do if you are lacking in the self confidence department.
Luckily, self confidence is a gift you can give yourself. With a little time and addition, you can increase your self esteem by focusing on key points about yourself. Here’s how to get started.
Take a Self-Inventory
If you are alive today, you have skills; it’s that simple. By doing a self-inventory and recognizing what you bring to the table, you can increase your self-esteem and, by association, your self confidence.
Start by considering work tasks that you enjoy because, usually, if you like them, it’s because you have skills that help you excel in that area. Similarly, consider any challenges you’ve faced and how you overcame them. Any accomplishment is a source of valuable information for a self-inventory, including those in your personal life.
As you make a list, don’t neglect soft skills and personality traits that you value. Being a good communicator, having an even temperament under pressure, and anything else in those realms should also make the list.
Reach Out to Your Nearest and Dearest
Sometimes, examining your strengths objectively isn’t easy. Many people who lack self confidence have a tendency to downplay their attributes, or assume they don’t have any at all.
However, that is almost never the case; everyone has something amazing to offer. If you are having trouble with your self-inventory, reach out to those you are closest with and get their input. Friends, family, and even trusted co-workers can be excellent parts of the conversation.
Review Past Assessments
Sometimes, you have indications of your strengths and might not realize it. Any past assessment, like a performance review or even a test grade, can help you see what you have to offer. Review your documents and see what was said about your work, and use that to help boost your confidence. In fact, keep positive emails, reviews, and anything else in a folder together, as it can be a source of confidence-boosting information whenever you need one.
Similarly, if you’ve received verbal praise for a job well-done, consider that too. Write down what you did and what was said, and save that with your other information. That way, you have another source for a pick-me-up should you ever need a reminder about your capabilities.
By following the tips above, you can give yourself and your career one of the best gifts of all this season: self confidence. If you would like to learn more about what you can do, the skilled team at The Advance Group can help. Contact us to discuss your questions with one of our highly knowledgeable staff members today and see how our expertise can help you make this gift part of your reality. Check out these new open positions today!