Confidence is one of those things that everyone wants more of. There probably isn’t a single person in the world, or in all of history, who has honestly thought to themselves “I don’t really want any more confidence in any area of my life, I’ve got enough.”
Of course, it’s clear that confidence can make your life more enjoyable in a variety of ways. For one thing, you’ll probably just be happier if you have more of a belief in your abilities.
Beyond the everyday benefits of confidence, though, confidence can also have many benefits for your professional life.
So, whether you are thinking about attending a management training course, or whether you are some other confidence-building strategy in mind, here are a few ways in which confidence can make you better at your job.
By making you more likely to be proactive and self-driven
Virtually every book that’s ever been written about career success – and especially those targeted at entrepreneurs – has emphasised the importance of being proactive and self-driven.
For any business to get off the ground, and for any career to progress, it’s necessary to keep pushing the envelope, to keep trying new things, and to demonstrate initiative along the way.
When you are more confident, and have a greater degree of faith in your abilities, you are simply more likely to be proactive and self-driven in this way. This can mean that you demonstrate leadership qualities in the office, that you innovate things in your professional niche, and that you pick up the slack from others, instead of just sitting around all day and over-analysing.
By helping you to stay more relaxed and positive
Anxiety, and a sense of stress, are often connected to the sensation that you simply aren’t up to a particular challenge that you’re confronted by, and that things are inevitably going to go wrong as a result.
When people are anxious, and are lacking in self-confidence, the normal reaction is for them to isolate themselves, to withdraw, and to remain passive. Professionally speaking, this can mean not putting yourself forward for promotion, not applying for the job of your dreams, and not being outgoing and daring enough in handling your duties.
Confidence can help you to stay more relaxed and positive. If you believe that you have what it takes, there’s no need for you to try to isolate yourself and protect yourself. Instead of seeing threats and impossible stumbling blocks everywhere, you’ll begin to see opportunities, and will grow and feel exponentially better as a result.
There are all sorts of other benefits associated with remaining calm, and keeping a positive state of mind, as well. You are likely to be more approachable, you will tend to be more resilient (as you will enjoy your work more, and won’t feel so easily overwhelmed), and so on.
By pushing you to constantly try new things and develop your “range”
As already mentioned, the more confident you are, the likelier you are to be outgoing and to constantly try a variety of new things.
One of the many positive side-effects of this is that you will be developing your “range” to a degree that you likely never would have, if you had been severely lacking in confidence.
In his book, titled “Range,” the writer David Epstein makes a compelling case that in most domains of life and business, the thing that is actually likeliest to make you successful is to have a broad “range,” rather than being the most hyper-focused specialist in the world.
“Range,” in this instance, means that you have more skills at your disposal, more experiences to draw from, and more insights to leverage as a result.
Clearly, the way you develop your range is by getting out there and trying lots of new things. And confidence certainly helps with that.
By making you more likely to stand up for yourself
It’s always essential, at any age, for you to be able to stand up for yourself.
In most professional settings, you are not so likely to encounter bullying in the same form as you might have on the playground as a kid. But it nonetheless remains the case that people who don’t stand up for themselves rarely get what they want, and often end up being pushed into doing things they don’t like, and don’t benefit from.
Standing up for yourself generally takes some degree of confidence. With confidence, you can negotiate a better salary, say “no” when necessary, and can ensure that you are watching your own back.