For some people, being confident can be very difficult, especially in business. Confidence is not something you are born with; it can be built and improved on just like anything else!
The fear of failing and the fear of being ridiculed have held us back over the years and it’s all due to not having that right amount of confidence – the nerve to live our best life. By building your confidence little by little, you will transform your life.
So, let’s get to it! Here are 5 ways to improve your confidence:
1. Identify your strengths and integrate them into what you do everyday
This is a great one to do, write down what you know to be your strengths, memorise them and think about them every day. If you play to your strengths, often you will feel more engaged and energised.
2. Identify weaknesses and continuously work on them
This is the opposite of the last point. As you did with your strengths, write down your weaknesses so you’re aware of them and can work on them. You shouldn’t concentrate purely on them, but just making yourself aware that they are there and making a conscious effort to overcome them, can help boost your confidence.
3. Monitor your success
Start each day by writing down a realistic to-do list which you can follow and tick off one by one. Every time you tick a job off, you will gain a sense of achievement and you will form a pattern of ‘Yeah, I can do it!’ – This will help improve your confidence, making you believe you can do and achieve.
4. Test yourself
Accomplishing tasks and assignments which you never thought you could do is a perfect way to boost your confidence! Find projects which play on your strengths but also make you work just a little bit harder, stretching yourself to achieve the objective. Try something new but refrain from comparing your performance to someone else or judging yourself too early into the task, everyone has different strengths and sometimes baby steps are the way to start.
5. Talk to people/ask for advice
Don’t be afraid to talk to new people or ask for advice from existing contacts, we all need a little help every now and again. Regularly talking to people and asking for different opinions and perspectives will ultimately boost your confidence as you’ll see generally, people are nice and always happy to help you in a time of need!
This guest blog was provided by L4N UK (Ladies 4 Networking)
Since L4N was established, it has developed into a vibrant organisation, with all the monthly meetings being regularly attended by up to 40 female business owners and professionals. The meetings take place at the same venue each month, where a one-course lunch and drinks are provided for a nominal charge
L4N UK are dedicated to providing opportunities for women in business to network, gain confidence, new skills, support and collaborations with other businesswomen.
For more information, please visit www.l4nuk.com
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