Confidence is pivotal to success in any career, whether you're running your own business or gunning for a top executive position.
Here are our five tips to feeling comfortable in your skin to radiate with confidence when it matters most.
Do Things That Scare You
The best way to overcome your fears is to face them head-on. Make a list of your deepest insecurities and fears, and dedicate a little bit of time every day to overcoming them. Are you afraid of heights? Try going to the very top of the tallest skyscraper in your city. Do you hate being the center of attention? Go out for a night of karaoke with your friends! Facing your biggest fears will help you build the self-confidence you need to break out of your shell and tackle your next obstacle.
Find Your Allies
“Behind every successful woman, there’s a group text hypin’ her up.”
Find a group of women you can trust and that supports each other. Whether it’s through a forum, a Facebook group, or even just getting together a couple of your old college roommates, find your squad and hype each other up! Having a supportive group of friends allows you to share information with each other about new opportunities, vent about problems or issues going on in your life and shows you you aren’t alone in the struggle towards success. Not only will you be helping others in your squad, but you will also be learning more about yourself as you talk with them through your next steps.
Take care of your body
Self-care is so very important. The deeper you dive into your career, becoming more involved in the tasks and responsibilities it takes to become a leader or an expert, the more your personal life may suffer. It’s becoming more common for women to work through their lunches, eat at their desks or work long hours at the office. Laptops and smartphones make it much easier to be accessible 24/7, and it can be hard to unplug when you feel like you need a break. Make sure you are well-rested, well-read, eating right and drinking enough water to stay hydrated.
Learn as much as possible
Become an expert by absorbing as much information in your field and related fields as you possibly can. Nothing will boost your confidence more than knowing your shit and being matter-of-fact about it. There are thousands of free or low-cost courses and tutorials at your disposal on the Internet.
Impress Yourself, Not Others
It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting to impress others in order to feel accepted. But if you’re confident and armed with the know-how and expertise, hyped up by your squad, fearless because you’ve already been there and done that, you’re already doing the thing! Reflect on all you have accomplished thus far and recognize you have done amazing things that already have you well on your way to success.
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