The mental stance, a state of cognitive thinking that projects self-assurance and a can-do attitude is what describes confidence. Higher self-confidence increases job security and opportunities to excel at workplace however being over-confident all the time can be devastating as well. Meanwhile, lack of self-assurance may hinder job performance.

Wouldn’t it be helpful if you could boost confidence on the basis of your skills and competency at workplace? Self-assured people are happier and fear less on promotion as with it comes more responsibilities and new challenges. Fortunately, you can take particular steps to boost confidence in yourself and learn how to endure pessimistic behaviour.

Identify the roots of uncertainty

Self-doubt is one of the biggest factors that give your personality an entirely pessimistic and incompetent image. To fight this off, the first step is to identify the root of low confidence that can arise from various sources. Fear of the unknown, failures in the past, inability to withstand criticism and absence of time management; all contribute towards the low poise.

In-short, it won’t be wrong to say that the very seed of this lack of confidence is sowed at an early age. On the contrary, some are self-deluded with an unworldly image of perfection which psychologists refer to as ego ideal that they’re unable to live with. As a result, work performance suffers drastically when you don’t meet that self-made standards and unspoilt image.

Self-assessment is critical

People who lack confidence face certain challenges when goal accomplishment is concerned. This state persists before, during and even after achieving a particular objective! Always keep a notebook or list down your workplace activities and success milestones that you’ve already accomplished. Confidence usually begins to shake during self-assessment or when your performance and character is being evaluated by company’s higher-ups. This is when the list of optimistic achievements would come to aid while your focus is entirely on the shortcomings. Review them and remind yourself that do earn a respectable place in the organisation; both as an individual and employee.

Be confident, be yourself & accept the facts

There’s a renowned Acceptance theory in psychology that states that; “the process of accepting who you are including all the weaknesses and strengths”. When you face your shortcomings, fears and overcome them, the stress level drops ultimately which further helps you to reshape these weaknesses into strengths. Talk out your feelings to a fellow colleague; not the boss as it helps reduce mental stress and he might give you healthy advises as well. Share your achievements and failures without the fear of what might other think of you. This can be difficult but to overcome the feeling would regain composure and rebuild confidence.

Overcome office anxiety

This is very common but to tackle anxiety, you should start taking small steps and tackle the things you fear. Each time when you achieve success, it helps fight off anxiety and prepares you further to take on a bigger challenge. Whether you fear to take responsibility of a big project or simply shy to address the board members in a conference, push yourself in small steps and make them larger each time. Again, keep a record of your achievements but don’t limit yourself to this; move further, be assertive in your workplace.

Cut-off the negative feeling

Nothing is more devastating to your confidence than pessimistic feelings so every time they start obscuring your mind, think of all the good things you did so far. A positive and clear mind-set improves learning and boost confidence.

If you want to boost your confidence, start practicing the above tips immediately and see the difference!

Jenessa Baxter is a Digital Marketer for Ultimate Recruitment Agency in Dubai. She writes about HR recruitment tips, leadership, HR Management, Career Advisor and in particular UAE.