What It Takes to be Highly Confident
The mindset you should have to excel at work
Whether or not confidence is a skill, that’s arguable. But one thing is for sure: confidence delivers quality in whatever you do.
There’s no accurate way of measuring your level of confidence because it’s not a qualification you can use in your CV.
Your confidence speaks for you.
Nobody is born confident. It’s a state of mind. Anyone can cultivate this special skill through countless failures and practices.
However, there’s a difference in being good at doing something and confidence at work. Good at doing something and confidence may go side by side, but confidence soars in a room full of expertise.
Simply say, confidence is more than what you can do, it’s how you feel about what you can do. That subtle shift in mindset makes all the difference.
You’ll know a confident person when you see one. They have a certain charisma that’ll amaze you and makes you wonder about them.
Nevertheless, confidence is a learnable skill. And there’s a practical way of learning it.
It may take time until you’re fully confident of yourself but you’ll get there eventually. It’s the journey that provides the most value for yourself.
Lessons through failures
Everybody in this world starts with nothing. Failures are the stepping stone to success. Because only through failures you learn what not to do in order to achieve success.
The more you fail, the more experience you are in whatever you’re doing.
Those experiences not only teach you the right way of doing things but also the things you need to further improve yourself.
We tend to often see failures as not fulfilling the expectations we set to ourselves. And that’s the biggest demotivation we can ever have.
Expectations are good to have. They set the standards of what we can deliver. But failure and expectation are independent of each other.
Failure means there’s another way of doing things and it’s up to you to figure that out. Because you are your own expectations.
Playing around your strength
Look at the few of the world’s most successful people: Elon Musk, Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos, etc. What do you think they have in common?
They only do things they’re very good at and they do them even better. You won’t see Elon Musk talk about stocks either do you see Jack Ma talks about space explorations.
Each of them has their own strength. It’s their strength that makes them successful and confident.
Your strength lies in your passion that has the potential to change the world into a better place. Even if it’s in the office.
You don’t have to know how to do everything. You just need to know what you’re good at doing and use that to your advantage. That’s where your confidence comes from.
Preparation through repetition
Anything you do in repetition will make you an expert in that field. But anything you do with the correct mindset and techniques will make you the master of that field.
Repetition works wonders, repetition with conscious effort creates wonders.
There’s a subtle effort in gaining confidence through repetition that many aren’t aware of when doing a specific task.
You have to do it with the correct technique and intentions. That’s what separates a work of quality from the mediocre.
When you feel that you’re lacking the confidence to deliver a work of quality, it means you need to prepare yourself by doing that work over and over again until you master it.
There’s no shortcut to success. The only way is through.
To sum up
Adding confidence to your skillset is definitely an advantage in whatever you’re doing. However, it’s not an overnight success as confidence-building takes time especially when you’re new.
Take your time and don’t rush it. Even the experts in your field have a fair share of confidence-building experience when trying to build their careers.
Your career is not a race, it’s a journey. And everybody is walking their own journey, at their own pace. It may take 1, 5 or 10 years to build a successful career.
That depends on your motivation to work things out. You’ll succeed if you keep going on no matter what.
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