I’ve met so many talented women and men who have a strong desire to start their own business. They usually have what it takes: strong desire, passion, resilience and are risk takers. Yet, there is one more ingredient that is absolutely vital and that is confidence!
Have you also noticed that people at work, networking events, a party etc. who radiated the most confidence simply attracted the most people to them like bees to a honey pot? Yes, me too. In my view this is the number one thing that determines whether people honestly succeed. Because I came across this topic a few times in the past month I decided to give you more insides on how you can become more confident too! Not only in business or work but also in personal life.
So here we go: 9 steps to achieving great success!
1. Package yourself for success.
When you look the part, you’ll carry yourself with more confidence. Dressing well communicates to others that you are knowledgeable, powerful and competent. When choosing clothing, remember to dress for the occasion and your client’s emotional comfort. Before any meeting with an important client, research his company’s image, office environment and internal values.
2. Correct your posture.
If your work requires you to sit in front of a desk for most of the day, chances are your posture has suffered. Don’t slouch when meeting with clients, customers or colleagues. Poor posture may make you appear insecure, lazy or disinterested. Try to make a conscious effort to roll your shoulders back and elongate your spine. Keep your head in a neutral position with your chin slightly raised.
3. Do your best and worry less.
Entrepreneurs who lack self-assurance often stress about what others might think about them. Negative self-talk can quickly make you feel as though others are evaluating every error and misstep you make. Focus on all the things you do well and hire other experts to take care of the rest.
4. Focus on the future.
If you find yourself being caught up in the minutiae of daily business, remind yourself to think about your dreams for the future. If you take a few minutes to focus on your goals, you’ll be able to refocus on what’s most important to you and your business.
5. Embrace positivity.
We’re bombarded with negativity all day, every day. To counteract the negative energy around you –from what’s conveyed in the daily news to the comments of grumpy colleagues — fill your mind with positive thoughts. Show gratitude for small acts of kindness and be appreciative of those around you. If you make it a habit to be positive and grateful, it will become second nature.
6. Let go of small mistakes.
Everyone makes mistakes so don’t expect to be perfect or you’ll drive yourself crazy. Try not to dwell on small errors. If you make a mistake with a client, don’t obsess over what you might have done wrong. Instead, take responsibility. Apologize, fix the mistake as soon as possible and move forward.
7. Continue to grow and improve.
A small accomplishment can help boost your confidence, even if it’s not entirely related to your business. Learn a new skill, take a class at a local university or read a book on a subject that interests you. If you’d like to excel at something specific such as playing golf or public speaking, invest in yourself and take lessons.
8. Schedule time to play.
If you put in 60 to 80 hours of work every week and never take time to rest, you’ll eventually push yourself toward burnout and sheer exhaustion. Make sure you set aside time to do the things you love in life. Escort your child or dog to the park, take walks during your lunch break or participate in an exercise class at a local gym. If you invest time in your hobbies, friends and family, you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to conquer your next challenge.
9. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice.
Whenever you find yourself in an epic struggle against self-doubt, call a trusted friend, advisor or colleague and get his or her best advice. Often an objective opinion will help you look at life differently, overcome your challenges and transform your attitude.
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