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10 Ways to Gain More Confidence in Your Work

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Gaining confidence in your work can be pretty tough as anyone doing business will testify. It took me a few months after getting my first job before I got anything that could even be remotely characterized as confidence. However, that confidence was short lived as I was forced to take employment elsewhere within a few months.

Nonetheless, over the years I have become comfortable working at any new job. Thanks to years of experience, I welcome the change as my confidence levels have risen incredibly. Often I ponder, what made me different in those initial years that shape a person’s career. The answers, as I found out, were pretty amusing. However, let us begin by examining what lends credence to confidence at work.

Admittedly, there are several advantages to being confident about your work which lead to:

  • Superior performance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Excellent relations with seniors
  • Opportunity to train juniors
  • Upgrade of skills
  • More money
  • Bonding with colleagues
  • Stable career
  • Flexibility to switch jobs easily
  • Better family life

Sadly, this is where most people fail. Gaining confidence in your work is pretty simple. Anyone with basic qualifications required for the job and some interpersonal skills will fetch you required results. You need not be a beautiful woman or handsome male to develop confidence at work.  However, you do need to switch on your charm wherever and whenever needed.

Here are 10 practical ways to gain more confidence in your work:

1.  Know thyself

Simply put, it implies knowing your strengths and shortcomings better. You could be a fresher or just taking a new job. Regardless of your experience and skills, it is always better to know what you are capable of delivering for your employer. If you continue to lack confidence despite being with an employer for fairly long, you will need to identify your own flaws and pinpoint the causes. Blaming your colleagues or employers will not help since they cannot be expected to change.

2. Learn something new everyday

A majority of employees lose confidence because they are reluctant to learn something new, unless it is foisted upon them. The common perception among senior staff is, they know better than newcomers. Sadly, they tend to forget that a newcomer arrives with fresher knowledge. Some of the best ideas have indeed come from new recruits rather than veterans. Learning something new daily keeps you abreast with the latest developments in your particular field.

3. Ask for help

Remember, we all get stuck somewhere during our daily work, regardless of whatever experience we possess. Often, there can be situations at work where we simply are at loss about how to manage a situation. If such circumstances arise, which they will, never hesitate to seek help from colleagues. Getting assistance from colleagues fosters team spirit. Further, you add experience to your set of skills and possibly, learn something new.

4. Enjoy what you do

It is quite common for everyone to lose interest in their job at some point in time. Usually, this occurs if you have worked at an employer for too long. As a result, you no longer enjoy what you were accustomed to. The only way to overcome this malaise is to take pleasure in your duties. You can do so by finding newer, innovative ways to do your job daily. You might just get lucky, like most people who do so, and find a better, efficient way to boost your performance.

“Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.” – Henry David Thoreau

5. Set your daily targets

Generally, every employer will set a target for you, which will help you know how much work you need to complete before calling it a day. However, merely meeting your target does not exactly qualify you for promotions or salary raise. Instead, set your own goals and targets daily. Try to meet and exceed your own targets. Remember to ensure that you maintain consistent quality of work. While quantity does matter, quality makes a difference. More so, if you are doing a job better than what is expected.

6. Attend training programs

Usually, companies conduct training programs for their employees to upgrade skills. Very often, some employees skip these programs and focus on their routine work instead. This can be a fatal career mistake and can play havoc with your work confidence. Skipping a training program means missing opportunities to develop your skills and learn something new. Therefore, view these training sessions or programs as tools to fine-tune or enhance your skills and attend.

7. Never gossip

Unfortunately, unhealthy gossip about colleagues and getting into petty office politics is the surest route to diffidence. It subconsciously as well as consciously builds animosity towards people who otherwise would make excellent friends. Unhealthy gossip and politics also pits you against your colleagues and leads to a miasmatic work ambience that is best avoided. The best way to boost your confidence at work is shun gossip mongers and stay off petty politicians. They may get some perverse pleasure in bitching about others but generally, it will revolt against your nature and lead to negative feelings.

8. Avoid overtime unless necessary

Generally, overtime work is for getting extra pay. Understandably, you may require some extra cash for some commitment or to buy better stuff for your kin or self. However, frequent overtime work robs you of confidence by taking away vital time from your entertainment, recreation and quality time with family. Consequently, you end up with domestic issues that can burgeon into major family discords, leading to loss of confidence and overall interest in your work.

9. View criticism positively

Criticism, viewed positively, builds you up. It brings to the surface flaws and inadequacies you were blind about. Instead of brooding and letting your spirits droop due to criticism, learn to accept it as an opportunity to work on your shortcomings. Of course, there can be occasions where you may feel you are being targeted or singled out for criticism. However, such situations or singling out gives you an opportunity to know why someone made adverse remarks about your work.

“I like constructive criticism from smart people.” – Prince

10. Speak it out

Most people afflicted with lack of confidence in work tend to be introverts. Rather, they tend to be coy and do not speak about their work related issues with their seniors. Remember, this can cost you dearly. You can lose your job if you stay silent on any issue that bothers you. The best person to speak about your job related issues is someone higher up than your immediate supervisor or senior. That is because your direct boss may have some hidden agenda in keeping you demoralized. If you have genuine reasons to lose confidence in a company or employer, approach the higher ups.

How do you gain more confidence in your work? Comment below!

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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