Confidence is at the heart of every successful person and it holds the key to success. Regardless of how knowledgeable you are in your professional field, if you lack confidence you will not be able to effectively implement your knowledge and your success will be limited. You cannot fake confidence and you cannot hire it - it radiates from within. The very good news is confidence is not something you are born with, it is learned over time.
Following are 3 key ways to increase your confidence so you can be successful at work and at life!
1. Know Thyself. Take a long hard look in the mirror and make an honest and accurate assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. Continue to build upon your strengths, as this will increase your confidence while simultaneously taking a pro-active approach toward improving your weaknesses. We all have areas in our professional and personal lives that need to be enhanced; ignoring them does not make them go away; it only inhibits your success and keeps your confidence low.
2. Steady As You Go. You can increase your confidence by seeking out one new challenge at a time. Research shows confident people consistently seek out new challenges. When one challenge is successfully achieved, move on to the next challenge. Challenges that are successfully met increase our testosterone levels, which are directly correlated to increased confidence - which encourages and enables you to take on more challenges. Success builds upon itself; therefore success begets success - all fueled by increased confidence!
3. Dress for Success. Whether you like it or not, people make judgments about you based upon how you dress, (this includes your clothes, make-up, accessories etc.). You only have one chance to make a good first impression. From a confidence perspective, how you dress directly reflects how you feel about yourself. We carry ourselves differently and speak differently - based upon how we are dressed. Research demonstrates people feel differently about themselves if they are wearing a business suit or sweat pants and a T-shirt. Therefore, a great way to increase your confidence is to be highly aware of your appearance. Dress in a manner that reflects who you are and how you want to be perceived. There is a reason the dress for success industry is a billionaire dollar market.
Confidence can be exponentially increased if you take these 3 steps described about. Like most other things in life - it is your choice to make!
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