You’ve finally landed that new job you’ve been working toward, and you’re now passed the point of feeling like you’ll jinx yourself by sharing the good news with family and friends. Not bragging about your accomplishments is a sign of humility; a great quality to bring with you to your new workplace. However, you’ll need to be confident and assertiveif you want to bring your very best to your new team. These personality traits aren’t often associated with the humble-minded. Plus, there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Learning the difference between the two could be the distinction you need to move up the business ranks.
How good employees can become great
Good employees spend a lot of time being modest, says Alexandra Levit, the author of Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can’t Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success. “Sometimes we actually feel that way, and sometimes we don’t but think that’s how we’re supposed to act so that other people will like us. At times, though, I believe it has the reverse effect. Other people don’t view us as talented or as worthy because we don’t appear to view ourselves that way,” Levit says.
Part of the formula for success deals with asking questions to get clarity towards your higher purpose. When you are taking on a new role at work, you have to ask questions if you want to bring your best to the team. Those lacking confidence might think asking questions makes them appear inferior. If you’re not learning from your mistakes because you’re afraid to ask questions, it’s much more likely that your employer will question your competence. Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck says those with a growth mindset believe they can develop their talents through hard work, good strategic choices and input from others, as reported by Forbes. If you have a growth mindset, you like to try new things and learn from your mistakes. A good way to learn from your mistakes is to ask more questions to clarify the process and your goals. View your accomplishments and setbacks as moving you forward on a personal path to success; which can be a long, arduous road filled with many hurdles.
Utilizing Confidence in the Workplace
William Arruda, a personal branding expert and author of Ditch. Dare. Do! says confidence is important because it is the most attractive personal brand attribute. “When someone exudes confidence, we want to work with them. We are more likely to follow their lead. Confidence is the number one byproduct of the personal branding process because in branding you uncover what makes you exceptional and use it to make career choices and deliver outstanding value,” says Arruda.
To achieve big things, we all come face to face with our inner demons of self-doubt. Often, women struggle with this more than men. Overcoming them is the only way! Life only brings the storms and challenges you can handle. Where I am, along with my fellow business owners, it takes the momentum of a lifetime to get here. Along the way, you create your own unique strengths that are invaluable.
Preserving your Confidence
Confidence comes from serving what is unfolding in front of you; pouring your heart and soul into it without fretting about personal results. More doing, less judging! Witness the voice in your head – know that it’s not you. Its only job is to create fear, doubt and confusion. Keep it simple and the work will flow beautifully!
As you live this way, your growth happens exponentially, bringing with it a new sense of confidence.
Advice from Himanshu Bhatia-
Confidence Helps Build the Path to Success