How to Build Up Self-Confidence at Work

Do you worry when thinking of making a mistake at work? Maybe you fear about getting something wrong or upsetting a colleague with honest feedback. It is normal to feel this way, but a lack of self-confidence could hold you back in your workplace and limit you from reaching your full potential. 

It is not always easy to be confident in yourself, especially if you are naturally self-critical, or if other people belittle you. Having insecurities at work can make it hard to focus on your growth and prosperity. On the other hand, being confident in yourself and your abilities helps you to feel good, increases your job satisfaction, and builds up your all-around happiness in your role. So, if you want to improve your self-confidence at work, check out these 5 steps that you can take to increase and maintain your confidence.

  1. Cut the negative self-talk

Talk to yourself kindly and encouragingly, rather than ragging on yourself for making mistakes. A positive mindset will help you learn more smoothly, which will boost confidence.

Sometimes the very language we use limits us. Many people place unnecessary limitations on themselves at work by using the word “but” in their communication. Stop saying “but” for a while and notice how you can get more done if you make an effort, rather than making excuses.

  1. Boost your knowledge

A sure way of being more certain of what you’re doing is to learn more, enhance your expertise. Knowing how and why certain practices and processes work can boost confidence in your ability to do them. Accept what you already do well, and make an effort to refine your better qualities.

There is always room for improvement, and learning new skills will not only enhance proficiency at your job but will also boost confidence. 

  1. Rinse and repeat

The practice is the base of success. Not only practicing itself but also correcting mistakes along the way. Every time you complete a task, ask yourself how you could improve on it the next time you do it.

  1. Ask questions

If you’re ever unsure of how something should be done, ask someone else what you need to do. Additionally, don’t go on a project without fully understanding the brief. Better than messing it up and lowering your confidence, ask for clarification of what precisely is required.

  1. Focus on your successes

It’s difficult to boost confidence if you’re lamenting what you don’t do well. Remind yourself of all the successful projects you’ve done to boost confidence in your abilities at work, like if you meet a tight deadline or when you managed to turn a hard project around. Think of when your boss praised one of your ideas! Reviving successful times at work is a better way to boost confidence instead of constantly focusing on the negatives.

Everyone admires a self-confident person. Confidence doesn’t come in a jar, but when coworkers learn their peer stories and receive encouragement, they get inspired to act.

In today’s work environment, “We know you can, we know you can” is a much more powerful mantra than “I know I can, I know I can.”

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