Updated: Apr 24
Lack of confidence in ourselves and in our skills is what most often stands in the way of us going for better opportunities, higher pay, better jobs, a new career...
Don’t be mistaken: confidence isn't something that some people have and others don't. It's a skill that can be built. (yes, you can build it too!) A lot of us lose confidence in ourselves as we grow up, but each of us can start building that muscle right now.
I make a distinction between:
👉 building confidence in ourselves (has more to do with our sense of self-worth and shifting the programming that we're not good enough to understanding our inherent worth)
👉 building confidence in our skills (not believing that we can deliver results with our skills)
In this article, I’ll focus on how you can start building confidence in your SKILLS.
Here are 4 ways how you can do that, starting today:
1️⃣ If you are transitioning into a completely new career and you don’t yet have the skills needed - invest in trainings that will help you build those skills!
Yes, you can always learn on your own, but there is so much value in learning from people who are where you want to be, and who have traveled the road you are on. Their experiences and know-how help you skyrocket your skills.
2️⃣ Albert Bandura, a Canadian-American psychologist argues that we get more confident the more we master a skill / experience.
Mastery comes from practicing, so start putting your skill into practice NOW.
Give yourself permission to be a beginner and to make mistakes. That's how you grow and get better. 💪
3️⃣ Set a goal and take small, consistent & aligned action steps towards that goal.
Showing up consistently for what we love and want strengthens our confidence and trust in ourselves.
What is a small goal that you can commit to for the next month to grow your skill?
4️⃣ Going outside of your comfort zone.
You won’t know what you’re capable of unless you put yourself in an unknown situation.
This will stretch you and grow you in ways you wouldn’t have imagined.
Which one are you willing to try this week? Let me know in the comments. 👇
With all my love & gratitude
Learning, Remembering, Believing: Enhancing Human Performance, 1994, National Academies Press, Washington, DC.
Albert Bandura: Self-Efficacy and Agentic Positive Psychology, C.Moore, 2016, Positive Psychology.com