Confidence is attractive. How often have you envied your co-worker who exudes confidence and self-esteem?
Beyond attractiveness, however, confidence can make you feel your best, especially at work. It can help you achieve the life you truly desire while breaking down barriers without question.
Do you want a promotion? Go for it with gusto! Do you have a presentation coming up? Crush it! The more confident you are in yourself, the more fired up you’ll be at work. Your productivity can increase, you’ll be a better contributor, and you might even inspire and motivate some of your co-workers to boost their self-esteem, too.
If it sounds easier said than done, especially when you’re in a toxic workplace environment, don’t worry. Feeling your most confident at work is easier than you might think. If you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone and find ways to improve your self-esteem every day, you can carry that confidence with you into your office every morning.
Let’s cover a few things you can do to feel more confident at work and even outside of your job.
Most workplaces have at least some kind of dress code in place, even if it’s casual. However, you can dress appropriately for work and feel your best in your wardrobe by investing in clothes you actually enjoy wearing.
The way you dress can have a big impact on the way other people see you, especially when it comes to first impressions. However, it can also impact the way you see yourself and how you feel.
You don’t have to break the bank to build a wardrobe that makes you feel confident. Invest in a few basic items like
- A button-down shirt
- A sweater/cardigan
- Knee-length dresses or skirts
- Dress pants
Keep things neutral in color, if possible. That allows you to mix and match more pieces to create more outfits without having to buy a completely new wardrobe. Neutral tones also allow you to accessorize. That’s where you can really let your personality shine and let your creative side come out. The more you feel like yourself in what you wear, the more confident you’ll be as you step into work each day.
It’s easy to feel like asking too many questions can make you seem uncertain or self-conscious. On the contrary, it will make your employers more confident in your abilities, because it shows drive and curiosity.
Asking questions ensures that you’ll always know what you’re doing and that you’re on the same page with those managing your position. You’ll learn things faster, feel more confident about your work, and be able to boost your productivity because there’s less confusion.
Your curiosity can also get you noticed. Employers notice employees who have a desire to learn and grow within the company. You can also ask for feedback as a way to continuously improve.
If you have a question, ask it. If you need clarification, get it. If you’re curious about something, learn about it. You might be surprised by how quickly your curiosity turns into opportunities for growth.
If you want to build your confidence at work, start by making changes outside the office. By making changes that can boost your self-esteem in everyday life, you’ll carry that confidence with you into the workplace.
For example, if you live in a big city, consider forming more connections through things like conferences, job fairs, and other networking events. The more people you meet in your industry, the more confident you’ll feel because you have a support network and people who can help.
You can also boost your confidence by setting goals and working toward them. That doesn’t just mean making a New Year’s resolution and going back on it a month later. Instead, create smaller, attainable goals that you can achieve with a little bit of work. Use them as stepping stones to a larger goal. You’ll be able to pat yourself on the back each time you achieve something small, and monitoring your progress is a great way to feel good about yourself.
You’re not going to be as confident as you can be if you don’t feel good about yourself. Self-care is a necessity when it comes to things like
- Reducing stress
- Reducing anxiety
- Promoting physical and mental health
- Building better relationships
When you make your well-being a priority, you’re admitting to yourself that you’re worthy of care. That, alone, should be a confidence builder!
Keep these tips in mind to feel more confident at work, and even during your free time. With a few simple changes in your perspective and habits, you can feel your best, look your best, and crush whatever comes your way in the working world.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.