Do you feel insecure about yourself at work? Are you too hard on yourself because you fear your colleagues might judge you? It may be because you are a novice or an introvert or you fear to lose your job. Don’t worry. Feeling this way is absolutely normal.

However, this continued perception that ‘I am not good enough’ will reduce your self-confidence. Furthermore, it may hinder your progress at the workplace and prevent you from reaching your full potential.

Nonetheless, there are several means of boosting your morale. Here are some tips and tricks to do so. By following these, you will not only gain more confidence but also will see a gradual increase in your efficiency and happiness.

1 . Get to know yourself

Recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Start by perfecting your strengths, then focus on reducing your flaws. This will give you an idea of your capabilities. Moreover, it will help you find alternative ways to complete a task that you once thought you would never be able to execute. Thus, you will be motivated instead of feeling defeated.

2 . Be prepared

When you take up a project, you should know the qualities that you must possess in order to excel at it. You must learn and try to perfect those qualities. You ought to be prepared with the task beforehand in order to excel at it. For example, if you have to give a presentation tomorrow, you should be ready with it by tonight. This will make you feel prepared, guarantee that you do not make any mistakes, and will also increase your confidence.

3 . Groom yourself

Good grooming is integral for increasing confidence. A good posture and the right sense of style goes a long way in boosting one’s self-esteem. Enter the room dressed neatly, with your head held high, back straight, and a smile on your face. It will create a feeling of confidence in your mind.

4 . Every job is important

When you start off in the workspace, you may not be given the job you desire. Your job may seem like a menial task, forcing you to believe that you are less worthy than you thought you were. However, that is not true as every job has its own importance. For instance, a play is unsuccessful if even one character is missing. Moreover, you must value the task at hand and not let it undermine your confidence.

5 . Be open to criticism

Your boss or colleagues might criticize you. You must not take it negatively. Instead, you should accept it with both hands and use it as an opportunity to improve yourself. Kabirdas, the famous poet, had said that we must always welcome critical remarks as it makes us correct our flaws. Let not criticism be the reason behind your loss of confidence.

6 . It’s not all about the credit

One employee stealing away the credit of another is not a new thing in the work arena. It might make you feel that all your hard work has not only gone to waste but has also fueled the progress of another employee. This feeling might start eating away your confidence but you must be not bothered by these circumstances and continue working hard. 

7 . Face your fears

You might be apprehensive of several activities at work. This could range from talking to a fellow employee to giving a presentation in front of many people. Deal challenges at the workplace by challenging yourself to take up these tasks and credit yourself while you accomplish them. When you start embracing these fears, you will automatically become more confident and empowered.

8 . Surround yourself with positive people

The people you surround yourself with have a huge impact on your personality. When you are in the company of people who pull you down or are pessimistic by nature, they become a hindrance to your growth and success. Seek out positive co-workers and mentors on whom you can always rely on, build a healthy relationship with co-workers. These are the people who will help you reach your goals.

9 . Have faith in yourself

Sometimes you may feel that nothing is going the right way, and this will surely impact your state of mind. You must not let these occurrences discourage you. When you start trusting your gut, you will see that you are more decisive and confident. Believing in yourself and your capabilities will help you unlock your hidden potential. 

10 . Everything takes time

You must understand that patience is a virtue. There is no elevator to success, only a staircase.  No matter how long it takes, never give up on your goals. Your path to success must never be interrupted by the lack of self-confidence. 

11 . Fake it till you make it

This must be the attitude with which you walk into your office. Smile, stand up straight and make eye contact with people. This will give them the impression that you are confident and in control. You must look into the mirror, point to yourself, and say, “You can. You will. You are the best.” Doing this every day will convince your mind that it is indeed the best.

12 . Celebrate your accomplishments

One of the best ways to improve your self-esteem is to appreciate yourself for every small achievement. Performing this task will give you the motivation and encouragement to do even better next time. Do not be easily disappointed by work failures. Always look at the bright side.

13 . Stay healthy

We all know the saying ‘health is wealth’. A healthy mind can reside only in a healthy body. Regular exercise, good eating habits, and sufficient rest are the key points one must follow in order to continue living a healthy life. Quite often you may experience yourself getting stressed due to excessive workload. If you succumb to this stress, your progress and self- esteem would be at stake. The way stress affects you depends on how well you can control it and it is your duty to never let it overpower you.

14 . Have a positive outlook

Viewing life with a positive perspective is the best method to boost confidence. An optimist will never allow anybody to play with his/her feeling. After all, confidence is defined as ‘a positive feeling gained from a belief in your own ability to do things.’ 
At the end of the day, confidence is not just a quality. It is a key attribute in your growth and success in the work field. These unique tips will make you stand out in your job as well as help in your overall development as a person.