As a child I was fearless and ready to give anything a try – piano, softball, clarinet, dance, and even track. I was not scared to fail. I was not a “natural” but I was good (with the exception of track, I am a terrible runner!). However as I entered into adulthood, I lost that natural confidence I had as a child.
As you know, being confident can change the way we see situations, ourselves, and even those around us. It can empower us to achieve great success in both our professional and personal life.
While I don’t have all the answers, here are a few tips I try to implement to feel more confident.
Be in the Know
Being in the know is important in any professional and social environment. This is not to say you must know everything that is happening at all times. However, if you know you might be asked questions about a specific topic or you are going to a function that is centered around the economic future of a city, do your homework. Turn off Facebook and read news articles instead. I would suggest subscribing to local news outlets to stay up to date on current events.
This sounds like a poster you would see on the cubical of an office, but as cliché as it sounds it does have value. Envisioning success is a powerful tool. Don’t underestimate your abilities. Barriers are meant to be broken, even if they are our own. Be your biggest fan!
Acknowledge the Setback
Building long-term confidence does not happen overnight. It takes time to develop. Remember, you will have setbacks but you can’t let them define you. Sometimes, all you need is more practice or education. If we all gave up after the first time we lost a game or got turned down on a date, mankind would be finished! The point is, setbacks are going to happen – learn from them!
What tips do you have for building confidence?
Natalie joined Celebrity Staff in January of 2016 and is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She moved to the Omaha area in the summer of 2014 and has survived three winters in the Great Plains. Natalie’s experience includes managing corporate/student programs before working as an outside sales representative. Natalie enjoys using her prior experience with new purpose in helping connect employers to great people.