Lacking confidence at work? Need an extra boost? You might not be as alone as you had thought. Low self esteem can affect a great many people throughout their lives and if you’re dealing with a particularly stressful working situation, you can find yourself lacking confidence entirely. It’s up to you to change the course of your life. Boosting your self esteem starts from the inside out and once you start really focusing on how you think of yourself, you might never have to deal with a crisis of confidence at work again.
- Take It Slowly
There’s no point in beating yourself up about losing your confidence. The more that you fixate on beating your low self esteem, the more difficult the process is likely to become. Try to accept that your confidence isn’t going to return to you overnight, and that there’s really nothing wrong with that. Focus instead on the tasks that you know that you’re good at and use them as your point of reference. Congratulating yourself on what you know you can do well can make it easier to spread the feeling to other areas of your job.
- Value Your Critics
Do you feel like everyone is constantly on your back? It might be time to listen to what they have to say. The common human response to criticism is either to fight back or to ignore what the other person has to say but by really trying to build on constructive feedback, you can learn a great deal and become more confident, too. Messing up at work happens to everybody and if someone calls you up on your mistakes, it’s your opportunity to show them that you know what you’re doing and you’re well equipped to right any wrongs. Failure isn’t an indication of your ability; how you build on your mistakes can be.
- Just Do It
When you’re not sure whether or not you can handle a new task, handing over the reigns to someone else can seem like the easiest thing to do. If you really want to boost your confidence, however, then saying yes really is in your best interests. One of the tricks to gaining real self esteem is faking it until you make it. The more natural that saying “yes” becomes, the more easily that you will be able to take on new challenges.