Is Your Lack of Self-Confidence Holding You Back at Work?


Your Lack of Self-Confidence Can Affect Your Job

Are you holding yourself back in your workplace by your lack of self-confidence? The job market is so competitive now that some people are constantly looking over their shoulder to see who is after their position. This can lead to unrealistic expectations that you put on yourself. This, in turn, leads to becoming paranoid about making the slightest error on your work. This mindset feeds into a self-confidence crash that can become crippling if left unchecked.  

This could have a very real impact on your chances of promotion if you work in an office environment. Increasingly, companies are placing a premium on soft skills when deciding which employees to promote. According to a CareerBuilder.com survey, 75 per cent of hiring managers are more likely to promote an employee with high emotional intelligence – which CareerBuilder defined as the ability to control emotions, understand others and manage relationships over someone with a high IQ.

Are you holding yourself back in your workplace by your lack of self-confidence?

Take a Hard Look at Your Soft Skills 

It’s tough to pinpoint the definition of soft skills. There are other terms that you can use, like interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and so on, but it relates to the ‘people’ part of the job. If you feel your soft-skills are lacking, this could be a major pointer to your lack of self-confidence. So, it may be time to take stock. 

Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses to determine what may contribute to your poor set of soft skills. Turn the mirror on yourself and try to get a true reflection of how it is that people perceive you. Then employ a self-managing mechanism that regulates any poor habits. For example, you may be a great listener, but the moment your integrity is questioned, you shut down, or become defensive. Use your positive attribute to keep an open mind and properly deal with adversity.

Past Events Can Shape Future Behaviour

If you’ve had a situation in the past that severely damaged your self-confidence, this can reverberate right through your work experience and give you unwarranted feelings of inadequacy that could potentially harm your growth in your job. Each choice you make, or action that you take, is based on a past positive or negative experience. 

These experiences can be very powerful anchors in your life. People who hold their abilities and worth in high regard generally perform better than those who think negatively of themselves and their abilities. It’s not simply the thoughts alone that produce the results when you think positively of yourself you more likely to act in a manner consistent with that thought. 

Tips to combat a lack of self-confidence in the workplace

Learn to Accept Praise at Face Value

This is a big one. Some people, no matter how much they are complimented on their work or how many times they submit work on time and accurately, always believe they are one mistake away from oblivion. It’s a major sign of low self-confidence to shrug off praise or downplaying compliments.  If someone compliments you, accept it with grace. Think about the compliment and allow yourself to feel genuinely good about it.  

Start building a mental list of what others like about you and retrieve that list the next time you are negatively about yourself. Let’s face it; you will always be your worst critic.  Often, we lose self-confidence because the little voice in the back of our minds is telling us that we aren’t good enough or that failure is imminent.  Just learn to ignore this voice and give yourself some credit.  Prove that inner voice wrong and exceed your personal expectations.

Why Are They Looking at You Like That? 

Are you worried about what people think of you? A major symptom of low self-confidence is worrying too much about what others think and assuming that people focus on your flaws.  This negative thinking can only lead to bad emotions and set you up for failure.  

Flip that attitude around and assume that people like you. Start by recognising the situations when this happens and make a conscious choice to think positively about yourself. Turn it around. Why are they looking at you like that? Because they admire you!

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