Take Control – Improving Your Confidence at the Workplace
You were vetted through a process; cleared after a test; passed your interview. In short, you were hired through the right channel. Yet, you’ve been failing to perform at work. Your rankings haven’t improved; your boss doesn’t really see you as a star employee. Either you don’t like your job, or you’ve been feeling a terrible lack of motivation.
This could be due to many reasons: from stress to anxiety to a loss of nerves, many factors contribute to what researchers call a job lock.
Confidence is Key
Employees already acknowledge that confidence is the key to succeeding and adjusting at a workplace. The trick is to take control of the situation whether you’re at work or not. Here’s how you can do that:
No More Negative Self-Talk
I can’t do it.
I won’t make it.
I’m definitely not getting this done in time.
If there’s one thing these expressions have in common, it’s that they assure you how you can/will not be able to do something. The problem with negative self-talk is that no matter how cautious you’re trying to be, you’re telling yourself you’ll fail even before you begin.
You’ve already set parameters and expectations, and chances are, your real-life performance will just follow suit.
The trick is to tell yourself that you’ll get the job done or that you’ll try your best to get it done. Cut the negativity from the get-go!
Upgrade Your Knowledge of the Subject
Knowing more about your subject will bring you more confidence when you speak about it: you’ll know that there’s credibility in what you’re saying. You’ll start participating more confidently in discussions, and you’ll have a better time discussing things with colleagues.
Most importantly, if you’re keeping up with the latest research and studies in the arena, your peers and superiors will take you more seriously.
Strive for Improvement
No matter how well you do a job, ask yourself how you can do it better. Constant struggle for improvement is a way to ensure you’re gaining momentum at work.
Boost Your Skills
A multifunctional skillset ensures that you’re becoming more versatile and more resourceful at work. Colleagues and peers will come to you for advice. Having better technical know-how will enable you to function confidently.
Leadership and communication skills are similarly assets that help businesspeople to get on with their careers. You’ll know how to handle clients, customers and colleagues better. Your productivity will improve. You’ll feel more confident going about the toughest task simply due to amassing a diverse skillset.
Inquisitiveness Doesn’t Kill
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It doesn’t make you look bad; it makes you look serious.
Have Some Fun!
Starting a new job is always daunting and is likely to make you more than a little nervous. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with your work! It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and underconfident. Don’t take your mistakes too seriously. Learn from them instead. Engage with colleagues and take criticism positively. Things will turn out positive if you’re positive about them!
Still Nervous? Get Your SHIFT Together!
Steve Rizzo is a leading name when it comes to motivational keynotes and public speaking. He knows how hard it can be at a new workplace when you’re feeling down. After all, he’s written bestselling books covering this and other life issues.
Read your way to a more successful, more confident and more joyful business life by getting a copy of Motivate THIS! or Get Your Shift Together. Or you can opt for his weekly Rizz-o-gram for motivation and walk to work with a smile on your face!