Confidence is an emotion that needs support from time to time. Confidence can be built over time and unfortunately, it could break easily too. It is one of the many characteristics that hiring managers look for when finding a suitable candidate. If you are not confident with your ability, how could a hiring manager be confident to hire you?.
In this blog, our mentor- Gloria Wang, a career and confidence coach and a Service Designer based in Australia will share the tips and tricks on how to build your confidence at work.
The workplace could be a daunting at times. Your boss might give you a feedback that make you question about your talent. Your colleagues might complain about you are not being cooperative enough, toxic environment and so on. All these scare the confidence away. 😮💨
According to Gloria, confidence is being certain enough to say something or act on something. It is in a scenario in which your certainty outweighs your fear. This is depending on the skill or domain. It is a muscle that we can exercise continually.
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Confidence is built with enough competence and knowledge. Along the way, you need self-compassion and radical acceptance. According to Skyland Trail, radical acceptance is:
“When you stop fighting reality, stop responding with impulsive or destructive behaviors when things aren’t going the way you want them to, and let go of bitterness that may be keeping you trapped in a cycle of suffering.”
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple of years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take a while. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
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