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In many individuals’ careers, there may be times when they do not feel qualified for their role or maybe facing imposter syndrome. It is easy to slip into the negative spiral of self-doubt and insecurity. You might even be thinking, “Why was I offered this position? So-and-so could have done it much better than me.” However, these thought patterns rarely help you advance in your career. Your insecurities in yourself will show sooner rather than later, and you may convince others to doubt your abilities as well. 

There are many reasons why confidence is important in your career. It can help open up opportunities for you and give you more authority in your role. If you’re struggling with this in your career, there are many ways to build confidence in your professional life.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Getting out of your comfort zone is a challenging task for many. It may even be viewed as counteractive. One might assume they will be even more insecure when they are out of their comfort zone. However, it is times like these that your confidence grows even more. At the moment, it may seem like the most difficult thing to do something you are uncomfortable with, such as volunteering to lead a meeting or even engaging with new coworkers. However, once you accomplish whatever it is you set out to do, you will have newfound confidence because of your ability to follow through with the uncomfortable task.

Dress Well

Even if you are not feeling confident on the inside quite yet, dressing well and presenting yourself nicely on the outside is a great way to exude confidence. When you put effort into your look and strive to look professional, others will be able to notice and have a new perspective of you. The more time you spend making yourself presentable, the more confident you will feel in approaching your responsibilities and engaging with coworkers.

Get Rid of Negative Self-Talk

If you are talking down on yourself, it will be extremely evident to others that you do not feel qualified in your position. The words you say to yourself have a much larger impact than many realize. The more negative words you say to yourself, the more you will actually believe those. It is better to eliminate this negativity and instead tell yourself positive things. You may not believe your positive self-talk at first, but the more you affirm yourself and your abilities, the more confident you will become.