How to build up your self confidence

how to build up your self confidence

When we’re little, we’ll confidently launch ourselves into every new and exciting thing with no regard to our complete lack of experience. Even in our twenties, we’ll start applying for jobs straight out of university on the assumption that any employer would be lucky to have us. Fast-forward to when we have ten or more years of experience in a particular job and industry, and it’s a very different story. Suddenly, we all need help with how to build up your self confidence.

Last week, I wrote about how confidence requires three things: knowing what you want to do and why it’s important to you; having a plan for how you’ll do it; and having the conviction as well as the support you need to actually do it. This week, I want to look at some more concrete steps you can take to build your confidence as you change your career.

How to build up your self confidence

1. Document your transferable skills

When recruiters or hiring managers look at your CV, they will immediately put you in a box based on the experience and skills you obviously have as a result of your current and most recent roles. They’re blind to the potential you would have if you were to make a change and tend to forget about your transferable skills and more nuanced experience. Whether you’re applying to a different job and need to show employers that potential, or you’re creating your own business and simply want to assure yourself that you can do it, documenting your transferable skills will be a useful exercise.

Think beyond the job title and look at the day-to-day responsibilities of your work. In particular, think about the softer skills – for example, presenting to high-level executives, negotiating with suppliers, managing a team without necessarily having the hierarchy to support you. Map out everything that you can do that will be useful beyond your current job and industry. You’ll find that you’re more than capable, not to mention the fact that you’re willing and able to learn quickly.

2. Pinpoint your unique strengths

Your hard and soft skills are important, but they can be learned – if you’re missing a critical skill, then you can sign up for a course or get additional experience to fill the gap. Beyond these skills, you’ll also want to consider your unique personal strengths. What would you say are your particular strengths? How are you different from some of the other people you’ve worked with? What would they say about you? What are you known for in the organisation?

Although a personality test can never give you the full picture, I’m personally a big fan of Myers Briggs and find that it can really give you a lot of great insights. Try this one: 16 personalities. The profiles are each written in a way that makes you feel that your particular strengths are really unique and special, so this helps with confidence as well!

3. Start a compliments collection

Over the years, you will have received praise in some form or another. We don’t want to be dependent on other people telling us that we’re good at what we do – it can be risky to rely solely on external validation. Still, it does give you a boost when someone tells you that you’ve done well and you can use this to your advantage.

Start to collect these little notes of thanks and compliments and you’ll find it a great resource to dip into when you’re having doubts. It might be an email folder where you collect people’s messages, or it might be a glass jar where you write each compliment on a little note – then you can literally dip into that jar when you need that little boost!

4. Prepare and plan for the change

I talked about this last week but it’s worth repeating: being prepared for something is the best way to feel confident about it. Just think of public speaking, which a lot of people find uncomfortable, and contrast a situation in which you go up on stage with a poorly prepared presentation with a situation where you’ve thought through each and every slide of the talk and you’ve practised it over and over so that you’re fully comfortable with the material.

What can you do to prepare and plan for your career change? This might mean considering the worst-case scenario and putting contingencies in place; it might mean saving an amount of money as a buffer; or it might mean booking onto a course or a programme. Proper preparation and planning will reassure you that you’ve considered the different eventualities and give you the confidence to move forward with the change.

5. Take your ‘one step’

I’m always talking about the one step – it’s my brand, after all – and that’s because it’s incredibly powerful. We often think that we need motivation and confidence in order to take action but the reality is the opposite: when we take action, we get the motivation and confidence that we need to move forward. We also tend to think in black-and-white terms while there are really a lot of grey areas in between.

What teeny tiny step can you take today to move in the direction of where you want to get to? Can you send an email, contact someone on LinkedIn, do a bit of online research…? Taking that one step will create momentum and soon you’ll be taking more and more steps towards your goals, with the added confidence of seeing results. If you’re feeling stuck and unsure of what your one step might be, you can book a free ‘one step’ call with me here >>

6. Find your ‘tribe’

Changing career and, especially, working for yourself can feel incredibly isolating. The reality is that you are alone – this is your life, you are the only one who can make these decisions, and you are the one who truly cares about creating this alternative path for yourself. That doesn’t mean that you have to do it completely alone! Having supportive people around you is absolutely critical to setting you up for success.

There are plenty of online and offline communities now that support people going through career transitions and you can explore which one feels like a good fit for you. You can join a group programme to have peer support while you each go through your own specific transition. You can even start by just finding like-minded, friendly people who will encourage you in whatever you’re doing. Don’t lock yourself away and think you have to go it alone! (If you haven’t already, you can join the One Step Outside Facebook group as a start >>)

7. Be curious and willing to learn

Finally, the truth is that you don’t know everything – and that’s okay! It’s completely natural that you’ll have some doubts and that you’ll make mistakes as you move out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. Of course you aren’t completely confident! If anything, heading into starting your own business or working for yourself with blind confidence and even arrogance is going to block you and make for a much harder fall when you’re inevitably disappointed.

Instead, give yourself time to explore your options and approach the change with curiosity and a willingness to learn. Talk to people who have made similar transitions and are a few steps ahead of you, ask questions, read articles and listen to podcasts. Recognise that you don’t know everything and ask for help when you need it. It’s not that you can’t do it alone – but it will be that much more fun and enjoyable when you are open to partnering with others and learning new things.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You might also be interested in these articles

“Everything you’ve ever
wanted is one step outside
your comfort zone.”

Book a free consultation

If you’re feeling a bit stuck and not sure how to move forward, let’s get on the phone to explore how we can work together to help you achieve your goals, and which option is the best fit for you.

Get a free assessment of your business

Download this scorecard to review where you are on each of the 5 pillars of building a life outside of the 9 to 5, and get clear action steps to help you fill the gaps.

We will use and protect your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Get a free assessment of your business

Download this scorecard to review where you are on each of the 5 pillars of building a life outside of the 9 to 5, and get clear action steps to help you fill the gaps.

We will use and protect your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Outside of the 9 to 5

Anna continues the journey in her new book, where she details what’s needed to sustain your initial escape from the 9 to 5 in a guide to designing and building a profitable business that gives you more freedom, flexibility and fulfilment.

We will use and protect your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how One Step Outside uses and protects any information that you give One Step Outside when you use this website (https://onestepoutside.com/).

One Step Outside is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

One Step Outside may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What information we collect and why

We only ever collect the information that we need in order to serve you.

Generally, this just means collecting your first name and email address that you enter, for example, when you request a resource, register for a webinar, or submit a message via a contact form.

If you are a paying customer, we also collect your billing information including your last name and your postal address.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

We use Gravity Forms to allow you to contact us via the website. We will use the information you submit for the sole purpose of that specific form and will explicitly ask you to provide your consent to allow us to do so.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Advertising and Analytics

Google

We use Google Analytics to track and optimise performance on this site as well as embedding video content from YouTube, and this means that your web browser automatically sends certain information to Google. This includes the URL of the page that you’re visiting and your IP address. Google may also set cookies on your browser or read cookies that are already there. Apps that use Google advertising services also share information with Google, such as the name of the app and a unique identifier for advertising.

Google uses the information shared by sites and apps to deliver our services, maintain and improve them, develop new services, measure the effectiveness of advertising, protect against fraud and abuse and personalise content and ads that you see on Google and on our partners’ sites and apps. See their Privacy Policy to learn more about how they process data for each of these purposes, and their Advertising page for more about Google ads, how your information is used in the context of advertising and how long Google stores this information.

Facebook

We use the conversion tracking and custom audiences via the Facebook pixel on our website. This allows user behaviour to be tracked after they have been redirected to our website by clicking on a Facebook ad and enables us to measure the effectiveness of our Facebook ads. The data collected in this way is anonymous to us, i.e. we do not see the personal data of individual users. However, this data is stored and processed by Facebook, who may link this information to your Facebook account and also use it for its own promotional purposes, in accordance with Facebook’s Data Usage Policy https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

You can allow Facebook and its partners to place ads on and off Facebook. A cookie may also be stored on your computer for these purposes. You can revoke your permission directly on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen. For more guidance on opting out you can also consult http://www.aboutads.info/choices.

Who we share your data with

We use a number of third parties to provide us with services which are necessary to run our business or to assist us with running our business and who process your information for us on our behalf. These include a hosting and email provider (Siteground), mailing list provider (GetResponse), and a payment provider (Stripe).

Your information will be shared with these service providers only where necessary to enable us to run our business.

How long we maintain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

The main reason for collecting this information is to be able to send you resources, updates and, sometimes, information and products and services, as well as for internal record keeping.

The rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How we protect your data

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password that lets you access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential and we ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website so once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review. Initially created on 18th November 2016, it was last updated on 23rd May 2018 to be compliant with GDPR.

Contact information

If you have any questions or concerns related to your privacy, you can get in touch here >>