Category : Mindset & Awareness

The Impact Of Confidence On Work Performance

There are many reasons why you could be affected by a lack of confidence but you should take heart from the fact that you’re not alone.

Many of the most seemingly confident people you know could well be crippled with a lack of faith in their own abilities too.

Some may seem to have it all together at work and be the most confident sales person or client account manager, but in their personal lives they may be painfully shy and self-conscious.

How they handle their confidence issue so it does not have an impact on their work performance is key.

An athlete with self-doubt will be trained to combat that pattern of negative thinking and be encouraged to employ motivational techniques to include in their thought process.

Couple that with a healthy amount of adrenaline and they soon learn to control the doubt should it creep in.

In the workplace it’s often all too easy to feel the same lack of self-belief from time to time and this loss of confidence undoubtedly impacts on our performance.

You may be the best person for the job when an internal promotion opportunity arises, but if you don’t have the confidence to apply or attend the interview then you could get overlooked.

Likewise, you could be responsive for a great idea but if you don’t have the confidence to stand up and take ownership of it, or present it to others, you could easily see the credit being bestowed elsewhere, hindering your career progress.

How we present ourselves might not be how we really feel but the skill to carry on as if we’re in control is vital.

Your confidence could also get you noticed for extra credit in your work life but it’s a fine line – be too overconfident and it could be misunderstood as a false sense of importance.

Confidence is vital to cultivating your career.

For example, if you want to work in the media you’ll need the skills to talk openly to people from the most senior cabinet minister all the way to children, each one will require the confidence to get the best from the situation.

Sometimes things at work can be going well for you but one particular incident can ruin your confidence in yourself, such as if you have experienced bullying or harassment at work from an overzealous colleague.

A good place to start with this sort of problem is to talk to someone senior and explain the impact this has had on your confidence.

Cognitive behavioural therapy can help with this type of negative pattern.

Life coaching is a popular method of help or you can find numerous books and podcasts to help you to gain control of your confidence issues and break through the barrier.

Work Review

Why Feedback Has To Be A Two-Way Street

As a business, you no doubt regularly evaluate the performance of your employees. But do you really engage with your employees during the review process, or is it just a one-way street?

Changing up how you give and receive feedback could be an invaluable move for your business, giving you a better insight into your members of staff and how to retain the top talent.

You no doubt already listen avidly to the feedback your customers deliver – and that’s a wise move – but remember employees have lots of insights to offer too. If you find that internally feedback has only been going in one direction, it could be time to shake things up a bit and benefit the business as a result.

During formal review processes, it’s important to make the meetings constructive and that means from the perspective of the business as well. Encouraging an open and collaborative workplace culture is the perfect way to ensure that feedback is a two-way street that’s supporting wider business objectives, employee performance, and helping to identify opportunities.

For employees

From an employee perspective, feedback can help to improve their overall work and it’s a vital way for businesses to ensure staff members are operating at their best.

Feedback to staff helps both you and employees identify areas that they need to work on. It can help improve their performance across all areas and ensure that their work reflects any changes that may have been implemented across the business.

Feedback shouldn’t just focus on the negative, the pros should be mentioned too. It’s just as important to recognise the hard work your staff are doing and it’ll make them feel like a valued part of the team.

Through giving regular feedback you can make sure that everyone within the business is on the same page and working towards wider goals.

For employers

Feedback from employees can give firms that listen and act upon it a competitive edge that can, in turn, drive business forward.

Are your staff happy? In today’s business world retaining the top talent is a must to succeed. Taking the time to understand employee feedback can help you boost morale.

Your staff are what keeps the business going day in, day out. During their routine tasks, it’s likely that some of them have picked up ways or come up with ideas for how things could be made more effective. Listening to them could pay off.

If during your daily routine you find that you rarely speak to customers, your employees can prove an invaluable source of information. Those in customer-facing roles could help you discover new opportunities or identify areas to improve.

How to deal with uncertainty

How To Embrace Uncertainty

Are you letting fear of the unknown prevent you from moving forward?

Uncertainty is a fact of life and should be something that is embraced rather than to be scared of.

Inevitably there will be problems in all areas of your life and things will never go to plan.

Good leaders approach issues with determination and clear-headedness enabling them to overcome obstacles and find workable solutions to problems that crop up along the path to success.

Release the mind

Your mind is your greatest enemy when it comes to progressing in your personal or professional life.

Releasing yourself from negative thought patterns and approaching change with a positive mindset can work wonders for improving your attitude to work and life.

There are certain approaches to adopt which can help you manage change and use it positively to achieve success.

Don’t let anything faze you

Stay calm and collected in the face of adversity and things will seem a lot easier to deal with.

Adopting a calm mental attitude when problems occur can help you to assess problems clearly and objectively without getting too emotionally involved.

Don’t rush decisions – especially when you are uncertain about the consequences, but equally don’t be afraid to take a decision when you are in a position of power.

Don’t be afraid to change your mind if you are proved wrong

Obviously, decisiveness is a valuable quality in leadership.

But, good leaders are also able to see when they have made a mistake due to misinformation or uncertainty.

It’s fine to change course when something isn’t going to plan.

Therefore, uncertainty is not an issue and trial and error can be used to find the best solution to a problem.

Never be afraid to admit you made a mistake and change your course of action as the situation evolves.

Adopt a positive mindset in everything you do

Don’t get hung up on worries about things which may never happen.

The future is a world of possibility and you have the power to make things happen, even if consequences seem uncertain at the time.

Adopting a positive attitude towards life and work can change your life.

It is not what happens to us in life that defines us but our approach towards what happens.

Try negative visualisation

Turn your problem on its head. What is the worst that could happen?

How would you deal with it if the worst case scenario that you are imagining did happen?

Calmly work through the steps you would take in the worst case scenario in your head and visualise the outcome.

Planning properly as much as you possibly can will alleviate doubt and uncertainty.

It’s impossible to eliminate uncertainty

Throughout everything we do in our lives, there will be an element of uncertainty.

Once this is recognised it becomes easier to make decisions as we learn to be more decisive and follow through with actions with care taken to alleviate negative consequences but not getting too hung up on them.

Unrealistic societal expectations have conditioned us to have full control in every situation but in reality it is never like that and things must run their course.

Remember… if you never take that first step then you will always be missing out, whereas if you achieve the confidence required to take the decisions then you will be continually moving forwards.

It is better to take a bad decision that can be rectified than be paralysed in a state of indecision.

If you need assistance in achieving your personal growth aims or have any questions, then feel free to tweet, or contact me.