Self confidence is important to anyone’s success in business and in life. It might sound obvious that having confidence in your future, and that of your business, is an essential ingredient, it’s not a trait everyone enjoys. In many ways, self confidence can be described as self respect and enjoyment of life’s challenges.
Self confident people are more successful in everything they do than those who lack confidence. Hanging back while others take a leadership position won’t help your business or career succeed in the ways that you would prefer. Taking an active role assures your ideas get heard and implemented. If those concepts and proposals are helpful to the organization, they should be expressed openly, and with confidence. The company’s profits could depend on your speaking up and voicing an opinion.
The bad news regarding self confidence is it takes some work to achieve. The good news is self confidence can be learned with practice, and by making a personal committment to excellence. A lifetime of self doubt, often amplified by parents, teachers, and employers is a difficult habit to break. No one expects it to change overnight, but the attitude change can happen more quickly than most people think. It just takes developing a different outlook on life.
Do something that makes you happy and proud of your achievement. I’m not suggesting becoming an overbearing, arrogant, know it all. What I do recommend is you show passion in what you accomplish, and that you enjoy your job, business, and life in general. That passion will show in your face. Instead of slumped shoulders, and a perpetual frown, your head will be held higher, and wearing a smile. Life is much more pleasant when you smile and enjoy its gifts.
Set a short term goal to achieve in your job or your business. Once that goal is reached, take a moment to consider what you did, and how it will enhance the overall organizational plans. You will see immediately that your efforts make a difference. Set a new and slightly more challenging goal, and reach or exceed it as well. You will find that accomplishments grow and multiply, and you will become more confident that you can get the job done properly and well.
The first thing you notice as you feel more confident is how other people treat you at work, at home, and in the outside world. People will smile at you as you show your inner glow through your smile. You will be given more respect everywhere, and your ideas will receive the attention they deserve. Your enjoyment of work and of life will increase many times over. Life becomes more fun.
Practice achievement and boost your self confidence today. Wear a smile, and hold your head high. Look other people in the eye when you speak to them, and they will respect you for what you have to say. Self confidence can be developed, and can take your life and business to even greater heights.