Confidence is important for every one of us. It affects everything we do and the amount of pleasure we have when doing things.
It’s very easy to look at others and think how confident they look, how in control they are and you may be thinking perhaps if only I could be like that. It’s good to remember though that, no one is confident about everything all the time. Confidence is a constantly evolving state of being. We might feel amazingly confident in one aspect of our lives but have a crippling fear in another.
Lack of confidence affects every one of us at some point.
And if you do lack confidence, it’s also important to know that there are lots of things that you can do to work towards boosting it. Confidence is not something we are born with, it is shaped by experiences from childhood to adulthood.
No one can give you confidence, it comes from within. However, there are techniques you can use to develop your confidence.
Confidence is twofold, both the confidence you have in your own abilities in performing a task or being in a particular situation (self-confidence) and the trust that others have in your abilities, your plans and your future (confidence in others).
That’s why it is so important to develop ways to build not only your self-confidence, but also working on the confidence that you instil in others. Both of these are vital for a successful and rewarding career, as well as in positively shaping your personal life.
I coach many people on their confidence and how it is affecting their daily lives and often how it is holding them back from doing what they want to do. If this is the same for you or a member of your team, then do get in touch and I can help you take the steps to gain confidence and the ability to do what you want in your life and your career.
In the meantime, here are some steps to boost your confidence.
- Your level of self-confidence can show in many ways; your behaviour, your body language, your words, your actions (or what it is preventing you from doing). Firstly, you need to raise your awareness to how confident you are in certain situations, by recognising the difference in behaviour between someone who is confident and someone who lacks confidence.
- Identify the cause of your lack of confidence. If you recognise some of these behavioural signs of low self-confidence, write down in which particular situations you experience them. Ask yourself, what are you doing when you have these thoughts? Who else is around? Be very specific as this will enable you to get to the route of what is making your confidence drop and importantly where you need to start to build it back up.
- Understand yourself better to gain confidence in your approach. Consider completing your own DISC behavioural profile (Contact me to arrange this for you) to quickly and effectively gain a deep understanding of yourself. Enabling you to better understand your own strengths, the qualities you bring to your work as well as to the team you work with and knowledge of the best way of working for you. As well as gaining skills and understanding in how to communicate with others more effectively and therefore the confidence to get the best out of yourself and the people you live and work with.
- Set some goals. Using the knowledge gained through DISC profiling you can then set some goals. Ask yourself, what does being more confident in this area look like? Identify it and write it down. When do you want to achieve it by? How will you know when you have got there?
- Enter the Confidence-Competence loop and start building your confidence. Now we have identified where we are heading and what being more confident looks like, we can then make a plan of action to achieve that specific goal and practise all the skills required to succeed.
- Asking for feedback and then digesting and learning from that feedback allows us to become more competent, which in turn develops confidence in that particular area.
This process is called the Confidence – Competence loop, and it can be applied to all areas of our lives and careers.
I love this quote from Don King: “Confidence comes not from knowing you know everything, but from knowing you can handle what comes up.” He clearly understands that confidence is entirely driven from within, by your own self-belief. You have control over your life; there are choices that are right for you, so identify them and take the first steps to making them.
Confidence is vitally important – when it is lacking it affects who we are and what we do, it impacts on our wellbeing and our health. How confident we appear to our clients will also influence how effective we are in our careers, shaping how much they trust us, how engaged they are and ultimately determining how easy our daily working lives are. Fundamentally, when we are confident, our time at work and at home becomes more effective, enjoyable, productive and profitable.
|Doing what you believe is right, even if others mock or criticise you for it||Judging your behaviour on what other people think|
|Being willing to take risks and go the extra mile to achieve better things||Staying in your comfort zone, fearing failure and so avoid taking risks|
|Admitting your mistakes and learning from them||Working hard to cover up mistakes and hoping that you can fix the problem before anyone notices|
|Waiting for others to congratulate you on your accomplishments||Extolling your own virtues to as many people as possible|
|Accepting compliments graciously, “Thanks I really worked hard on that”||Dismissing compliments offhandedly, “Oh that was nothing, anyone could have done it”|
Low self-confidence can be destructive and it often manifests itself negatively.
If it all seems a little daunting or you want to know how you can become that calm and confident professional you see others being, why not give me a call on 07500 006383 or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and together we will plan your next steps towards attaining real and lasting confidence.
Until next time,