To be successful in the workplace, you don’t necessarily need to be the smartest or most experienced person in the room; but you do need to know how to present yourself in an assertive, confident manner. Here are four ways to build your confidence at work and ensure that your hard work results in personal and professional growth and satisfaction. Let’s see 4 Ways to Be Super Confident in any field?
1) Stop Apologizing
If you’re nervous about being wrong or putting yourself out there, apologizing ahead of time gives you a safety net. I talk to so many people who say, ‘If I do something and it doesn’t go well, I feel like I have to apologize before it even happens. Then I end up feeling worse because now people are thinking that it’s their fault when really it was me all along, says Coelho. The next time you begin an email with an apology for a potential issue or stumble over your words during a meeting with your boss, stop yourself and say I apologize in advance if… instead.
2) Have a go-to outfit
One of my friends recently confessed that she always wears sweatpants and a sweatshirt to work. While I don’t think you should be dressing in sweats every day, make sure you feel like yourself when you show up for a big interview or a first date. Looking your best isn’t just about impressing others; it’s also about making yourself feel better about yourself. So make sure you know what outfits are your go-to look—and own them! If you don’t have one yet, think about what makes you feel confident and start there (and let me know how it goes!)
3) Fake it ’til you make it
As they say, confidence is attractive. If you exude self-assurance, your attitude can make a difference in how people perceive you and how you feel about yourself. It’s not that people with confidence don’t have their moments of doubt—they do—but rather that they’re able to more easily push those doubts aside and fake it ’til they make it. They know what they’re capable of and are confident in their abilities to get things done. As Forbes contributor Vanessa Van Edwards says, confidence is just competence with air quotes around it. Simply put: Fake it until you become so accustomed to faking it that eventually you start feeling (and being) like a highly competent person. Here are four specific strategies for learning how to be more confident at work
4) Focus on your strengths
In an ideal world, we would be confident in every facet of our life—our relationships, our work lives, our hobbies. The truth is that some of us have an easier time being confident in one area of life over another. It’s a good idea to identify your strengths and what makes you feel confident so you can focus on enhancing those areas and improving your confidence. For example, maybe you love engaging with people and find yourself naturally charismatic at work or around friends. But when it comes to socializing outside of work or hanging out with friends from high school (or even just having a fun night out with your partner), you might struggle with anxiety or social awkwardness.