In the world of business, confidence is key. No one is going to buy into you, your brand, or your business if they don’t see you confidently representing what you do, are they?
Building Business Confidence
While games, in general, will build self-belief, there are a few things that you can do (other than the “fake it till you make it” approach) that will build your confidence in other ways relating to business in particular.
Forming these habits in your daily life and business practices will give you an edge over your competitors who don’t have confidence-building habits in place. Who doesn’t want an edge in the business world! Read on for the details.
Do The Best You Can and Don’t Worry
Well-known author Dr. Robert Leahy wrote a book called “The Worry Cure,” in which he stated that, in his experience, most of what people worry about actually never comes to pass. In fact, 85% of worries turn out to be unfounded. We are human beings; we can only do what we can do. If we are well prepared and do the best that we can with the tools that we have available, then worrying about the outcome of any event serves no purpose. Worry erodes confidence and makes us unhappy, but it doesn’t actually have any positive function in our lives. Preparedness should ease anxiety and boost confidence.
Invest in Your Personal Brand
If you want to be seen as a confident person, then you need to invest in your brand. Create a professional image that you present online and offline to the world. Your personal brand should be an extension of your business brand and reflect the same values and aesthetics. If you’re not sure where to start, consider hiring a professional branding consultant who can help.
Be an Expert in Your Field
If you want people to have confidence in you and your business, then you need to be an expert in your field. Stay up-to-date on industry news and trends, attending relevant conferences and seminars, and continuously learning new things. When you are considered an expert, people will be more likely to seek you out for advice and do business with you.
Know Your Worth
If you don’t believe in your products or services, how can you expect anyone else to? It’s important to know your worth and to be confident in the prices that you charge. If you provide a high-quality product or service, you should have no problem setting what it’s worth. If you’re unsure of your pricing, ask a friend or family member for their opinion, or consult with a professional pricing coach.
Create a Support System
It’s tough to go it alone in the business world, so it’s essential to have a supportive network. This can include family, friends, colleagues, and even online communities. These people can provide moral support, advice, and a sounding board for your ideas. When you have this network in place, you’ll feel more confident taking risks and growing your business.
What are your skill sets, the things that you are confident in doing? Figure out what you do well and use it to help others. If you’re good at DIY, volunteer your time to help organizations like Habitat for Humanity or even to help someone who may not have those skills around their house. If you’re good at cooking or good with people, volunteer at a shelter or soup kitchen. Serve food to people or help out in the kitchen.
Using your skills to help others takes you out of a worrisome or “me” oriented mindset and builds your confidence without you even realizing it. You’re doing good for others and yourself at the same time!
Focus on Successes
When we fail, we should definitely take stock of the situation and learn where we can; however, dwelling on failure erodes confidence and serves no purpose. Dwelling on success and understanding what we did right to replicate it builds confidence and strengthens your business’s functions. Focus on your accomplishments and use them to create good habits and patterns.
To be genuinely successful and confident in business, you have to be a well-rounded individual. “All work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) a dull person,” as they say. Taking time away from all business-related things actually strengthens you as a business person. To be successful in business, you must be happy within yourself: time spent doing something you love just because you can, makes you happy, and happy people are also confident.
Positive Self Talk
Imagine you constantly berated and brought down your best friend. Imagine that you told them they were stupid or worthless every time they made a tiny mistake. Imagine that you spoke to them like this all day, every day…how do you think they would feel? Our guess is pretty terrible. Talk to yourself the way you would talk to a best friend, with kindness and understanding. Confidence begins inside you; you cannot be confident if you constantly bring yourself down.
Understand Your Fears
Fear is natural; it does not make you weak. If we understand our fears and they are clearly defined in our minds, they cannot morph into monsters and overwhelm us. Know what you are facing and figure out why you are afraid of it. If we know these things, our lizard brains won’t kick into action: lizard brain is a term used to describe the part of our primitive mind that tells us staying still in one place is better than any discomfort that might come from taking action.
Be prepared for rejection
Rejection is a part of doing business, but that doesn’t make it easier to take. If you want to be a tough business person, you need to learn how to deal with rejection in a healthy way. This means not taking rejections personally and using them as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Talk To Your Mentor
If you have a mentor to lean on in business, you have someone to lean on who has already been where you are. A mentor is typically someone who has achieved success in your arena and is willing to share their knowledge with you. Having access to someone’s wisdom and experience can boost your own confidence and understanding of the processes happening in your realm of business.
These seven simple tips will get you on your way to a more confident future in business. Try to do these tasks regularly, as repetition forms habits, and these healthy habits can only help. Our seven tips for confidence in business will take you all the way!