Over the years, women tend to feel less confident in themselves and their abilities due to years of oppression, discrimination, and gender inequality. A professional woman might be reluctant to speak up in meetings while feeling her contributions don’t matter like her male colleagues.
As a career woman, low self-confidence can prevent you from reaching your full career potentials. Just like your male counterpart, you also deserve a seat at the table. Closing the gender gap requires acting with self-confidence because silencing self-doubt and embracing good self-esteem are keys to a successful career.
If you are wondering how to improve your self-confidence and aim high as you should, below are four ways to get started.
- Have a Positive Inner Voice
Everyone has an inner critic. Although this voice often motivates us to work hard and strive for the best things, it can also be unhealthy if you only focus on the things you do wrong and why you are not good enough. According to Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Be intentional about your thoughts.
- Stop Apologizing for Your Opinion
Yes, you are a kind person, and you love to relate well with people. But if the only thing you do at work is just to nod, smile politely, and get along with everything without giving your two cents, then you are selling yourself short. Speaking out is not being rude. It is voicing out your opinions, and you are not bossy or bitchy if you do so.
- Embrace Your Progress and Stop Comparing
We all have our definition of career success, and we succeed at our own pace and at different times. Comparison is a thief of joy. It is okay to be competitive if you are only competing with yourself.
- Invest in Yourself
To give your confidence a boost, you must invest in yourself. When you are sure of your strength and capabilities, it will make you demand what you deserve when opportunities arise.
Now is the time to own it, have faith in yourself, and gather the courage to believe you can succeed.