Sunday,19 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1223, (27 November - 3 December 2014)
Sunday,19 August, 2018
Issue 1223, (27 November - 3 December 2014)

Ahram Weekly

Boosting confidence at work

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

If you don’t believe in yourself, why should others?

It might be a clichéd question, but it might also be true. Let’s face it, our level of confidence can have a very real impact on our level of success at work. The two factors are almost parallel, and there’s simply no success at work without the confidence to make it happen. And though most of us know the tools we need to be confident and succeed, we don’t always know exactly how to use them in order to achieve success.

In a survey of 2,000 British women conducted by a leading shampoo company, 48 per cent said they believed they would have progressed further in their careers and other aspects of their lives if they had had more confidence. And 92 per cent responded that this lack of self-assurance was holding them back in many aspects of their lives. Further, 15 per cent cited a belief that they would be two to five years ahead in their careers if they had had more confidence throughout their working life.

So, dears, to ensure success in your life follow this expert advice and boost your confidence at work:

Have patience. No one can give you confidence. You have to be patient and do challenging and hard things to finally earn it.

Think outside the box to have those creative ideas. Do your homework and get the required knowledge so that when you go into a situation, you get the feeling that you’ve tried your best.

Fake it ‘til you make it. This concept is really true, especially when it comes to confidence. You should live this notion.

Go outside your comfort zone. Sometimes you have to try new things that you’re normally not confident with doing.

Dress for success. Having your hair done, or wearing an outfit that makes you feel powerful and confident is extremely important. A lot of this confidence stuff has to do with how we feel inside, and when we look and feel our best, we’re more prepared to take the challenge.

Learn how to negotiate. Before you go in and ask for a raise, do something in your real life that doesn’t have the same significance or potential outcome, so you get the opportunity to practice and then you’ll start to realise what it feels like.

And finally you have to know what you’re after and understand why you need to be confident. The more your reason is attached to something meaningful, the more endurance you’ll have.

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