Confidence can translate into success
by Michele Majul-Ibarra, IPMA-ACP
Confidence is a key ingredient to career success. Dale Carnegie, an American writer, lecturer and developer of famous courses in self-improvement and interpersonal skills once said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” In other words, if you want to get noticed and become more visible, you must be able to portray the image of self-confidence.
Confident people know how to say no
A study was conducted by the University of California in San Francisco and the results showed the more difficulty that a person has in saying no, the more likely that person is to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. There is nothing wrong with saying no. Confident people know it is healthy to do so and they have the self-esteem to clarify their no’s. When they say no, confident people do not use phrases such as, “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not sure.” “No” is conveyed with confidence because they are aware that saying no to a new invitation or commitment respects their existing commitments.
Confident people are assertive
“Um,” “I’m not sure,” and “I think” are expressions that confident people do not use. Confident people speak assertively because they know how challenging it is to get people to listen to you if you are not able to deliver your message with conviction.
Confident people exercise
The Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that people who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt more competent, socially, academically and athletically.
Confident people never stop learning
The best entrepreneurs in the world don’t act like they know everything. They all understand the fact that they have to continuously learn to be successful. Warren Buffet, for instance, once said, “Invest in as much of yourself as you can; you are your own biggest asset so far.” Confident people never stop learning and people who ooze with confidence draw their sense of satisfaction from their own accomplishments. Confident people continually look for ways to improve because self-growth is an important part of a successful career.
Confidence is a quality definitely worth developing in one’s career. This attribute can also help project an impression of credibility and integrity that can instil trust in others with regards to one’s abilities to complete the job successfully.
“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.” – William Jennings Bryan
This article is intended for information purposes only and not to be considered as professional advice.
Michele Majul-Ibarra, IPMA-ACP is an Advanced Certified HR Professional through the International Personnel Management Association. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. She also holds the C.I.M. professional designation (Certified in Management). E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.