4 Effortless Ways to Feel More Confident at Work
By Helen Godfrey, MA, NCC, BCC, LPC
As you may have noticed, the work place is changing and with that comes the need to adapt to new expectations. But sometimes it can be more challenging than it sounds.
As the expectations of your employers grow, it's easy to start feeling unsure of yourself. You may sit and wonder if you have what it takes to excel. Sometimes, you might actually convince yourself that you aren’t up to it.
While the comfort you felt from your past routines may be gone now, you can still make a positive impression. It's time to learn techniques to boost your confidence at work. Everybody else believes that you have what it takes. Now you just need to convince yourself that you do!
“Show up in every single moment like you are meant to be there.” -Marie Forleo
Try these strategies to boost your confidence on the job:
1. Do research to keep updated. As expectations change, it may mean continually adapting to fill new roles at work. In some cases, that could mean learning a completely new job from scratch. You can help yourself through that.
· If there's an outgoing employee who used to fill that role, spend some time getting feedback from him/her. Find out the intricacies of the job and anything else that may help you along the way.
· Spend some time doing some research and benchmarking best practices in your industry. LinkedIn is a wonderful resource for cutting edge ideas. Join some online groups and ask the group thoughtful questions based on your research. Be sure to acknowledge each person who helps you. Find alumni from your alma mater who are doing the job that you are doing. Offer to take him/her out for coffee, your treat, and get advice about how to succeed in this job/industry.
· It may be helpful to sit down with your supervisor to find out more about your new role and how it ties into the company's vision. Bring a padfolio and be sure to take notes. Not only will you look prepared, your notes will be essential as you move forward. You don’t want to keep coming back to your supervisor asking the same questions. There is probably a lot of new information that you need to keep track of and studies have shown that the act of physically writing can improve your memory.
In addition, writing down what your supervisor says can also help you concentrate as well as give you information to refer back to when the time is right. It will also help calm your nerves knowing that you have the content of your conversation documented. Many people, even when they have a good relationship with their boss, may feel a little bit nervous.
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” -Jim Rohn
2. Schedule your tasks. Sometimes when things seem overwhelming, you may wonder how you will get it all done. When you're faced with many tasks at once, it helps to schedule time for each of them.
· Create a list and put your work in order of importance. It may be helpful to have a daily, weekly and monthly list so you can see the details of your tasks at hand as well as the big picture.
· You may want to figure out how much time each item will take and give yourself extra time, especially if it isn’t something you’ve done before. As mentioned earlier, writing things down can help you remember what you need to do and it will also ease your mind from trying to remember everything. No need to fear-everything is written down. You will remember everything you need to do. Write out your lists, you'll find that the weight on your shoulders starts to ease up.
· Meeting your deadlines allows you to showcase that you're a focused and organized employee who works well under pressure. Scheduling your work in advance will help you succeed.
“Teamwork makes the dream work.” -Unknown
3. Develop a strong support team. As you transition into completely new roles or the expectations of your current role changes, a strong support team is crucial. It's a good idea for your support team to consist of both internal and external resources.
· If there is a particular task that's challenging you, liaise with someone at work who can help you master it. This approach buys you some time to sharpen those skills.
· Find some short courses in your area that can assist you in becoming more proficient.
· When you're able to get the guidance you need, you'll start to feel more confident. That confidence ultimately shows itself in how you approach future tasks.
“Be yourself and be your best self.” -Unknown
4. Be honest with yourself. Expressing some hesitation about taking on new roles can actually have some merit. However, the way in which you express it can make all the difference.
· Express gratitude and appreciation for being selected.
· Highlight the current skills that make you an ideal candidate.
· Outline your plans to develop other skills needed to do well.
· Ask for feedback and advice to make sure you are clear on your supervisor’s vision and priorities.
Remember that you're as capable as the amount of faith you have in yourself. You have what it takes to do anything you set your mind to. Avoid allowing outside factors to negatively impact your resolve. If you have faith in what you have on the inside, a plan and the willingness to do the work, the rest will fall into place!