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.