When you’ve been out of work for some time or made a serious mistake in your current role, you may find that your confidence has taken a hit. In situations like these, you’d probably want to restore it as soon as possible. After all, no one wants to experience those negative thoughts, so here are some ways to cope with those insecurities and build up your self-image to what it once was.
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1. Understand why you’re feeling this way
Take some time to think about the reasons for your lack of confidence. There could be several combinations, that range from the internal to the external. It could be your workplace that is constantly grinding you down, or it could be your state of mind, feeling as if you need to be perfect all the time. Or maybe you compare yourself to others too often. Whatever the reason, or reasons, may be, it’s important to identify it first to apply the correct solution.
Also, remember that self-doubt is a normal feeling that everyone experiences at some point in another. It’s when it gets excessive then it becomes a problem. If your self-doubt is truly affecting you, then read on.
2. Push outside of your comfort zone
This sounds like a strange way to get your career confidence back. The last thing you probably want to do at the moment is to push yourself and make yourself even more uncomfortable. But doing the same thing again or doing nothing at all won’t change anything, and can even make you feel even worse about yourself.
If you feel like your current career is the reason you lack confidence, then you should probably consider a job search. Even if you’re afraid of change, if you want to build your confidence back up again, that may be what you need to do.
Again, this depends on the reasons why you experience this self-doubt. If you instead feel your overall self-esteem is the problem here, then perhaps consider seeing a therapist or partake in a mindfulness course.
3. If you’re out of work, then consider volunteering
When you’re unemployed and looking for a new job, it feels as if you have so much free time on your hand. Wasting all of that time can deteriorate your self-confidence even further. Volunteering is certainly a valuable use of your time. Not only does helping people make you happier, with 94% of people surveyed saying it improved their mood (happify.com), but also provides you with a sense of purpose and an opportunity to develop some real skills that you could put on your resume and make you sound more appealing. By reinforcing your overall confidence, you build your career confidence as well.
Of volunteers say it improves their mood massively
4. Remind yourself of your good qualities
Often, when you’re stuck in a rut, it can be difficult to remember what your abilities are. Writing down your accomplishments and skills will counteract your feelings of shame if you made a mistake, and is an effective way to remedy a bruised ego in the long term. Although keep in mind that you need to be truthful with yourself. If you tell yourself false information, then you’ll only end up hurting yourself in the end.
5. Choose your challenges wisely
While we did say that you should get outside of your comfort zone, you need to understand where your capabilities lie. This also ties to the identification of the problem. It’s no use doing only one challenge and then leaving it at that, and it’s also not a great idea to overload yourself. Pick the ones that are the most relevant to you, perhaps even choose the ones that are the ‘easiest’ and then go through them in ascending order. Baby steps are usually the way to go here, considering that personal development in general is time-consuming work.
6. Don’t let the fear of failure drag you down!
There’s a little motivational poster that my dad has with the quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. And it’s true! Otherwise, I wouldn’t include it here. No one starts off being amazing at something; pretty much any skill needs practice or at least some kind of attempt. This fear will only inflame your insecurities. If you want to achieve your career goals, take note of that fear, think of the consequences of your potential decisions, and weigh up the pros and cons. What’s the worst thing that can happen if you fail? Is it worse than not doing anything at all? Think hard and make your choice.
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