Henry Ford is credited with saying, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Confidence is one of the keys to true success. If you lack confidence, you won’t try new things, push your boundaries or grow as a professional. This leads to career stagnation, constantly getting passed over for promotions and new opportunities. When people are truly confident, you see them do a lot, but there are also a lot of things you’ll never see a confident person do.
“Having confidence extends initial signs of trust. To maintain confidence, you must think for yourself and remain open minded to change. People will believe in you when you continue to make good decisions for the right reasons. As a confident person, remember to be proactive, graciously disrupt, inspire conversations, leverage networks, welcome disagreements, celebrate failures fast, respond rather than react, and always believe!” Says Sharon Tsao, CAO & EVP Sales, Marketing & Accounting.
Confident people know that they are in control of their lives. You won’t hear a confident person blame outside forces or other people when things go wrong. They accept that they are in the driver’s seat and they own their successes and their failures.
A confident person does not pack up their toys and leave the sandbox when something goes wrong. Instead, they dig in, assess the situation, learn from mistakes and failures and move forward.
Wait For Permission
Confident people don’t wait for someone else to step in and take charge or clean up a mess. They take initiative and decisive action. That doesn’t mean they step on someone else’s toes or make decisions they are not authorized to. They simply don’t require micromanagement and constant direction.
People who need to be the constant center of attention are usually not confident. Someone with true confidence doesn’t need the credit for doing something, they derive satisfaction from getting the job done. They are not doormats, but they are happy to share the spotlight with everyone who worked to achieve the end result.
Fish For Praise
People who constantly need to hear how great they are and what a wonderful job they are doing are either insecure or a bit narcissistic. Confident people are secure enough to know when they are doing a good job, and they also know that no matter how good they are, someone is always better, and that’s ok.
People with confidence don’t put things off to the last minute. As previously noted, they know they are in control of their own output. They don’t wait for the “right time” to get something done. Instead, they make now the “right time.”
Confident people don’t need to take people down a notch to feel better about themselves. They know that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and everyone has something valuable to offer. They don’t waste time comparing themselves to others; they are too busy working towards their own goals.
Conflict is a part of life, and people with confidence deal with conflict head-on when it arises. They tackle the issue directly and take steps to resolve the conflict swiftly, so that everyone can move forward.
Confident people don’t wallow in the fact that they got passed over for a promotion, that they aren’t making as much money as someone else, or that their boss isn’t giving them the resources to get things done. They do what it takes to move forward, regardless of the circumstances.
Confident people don’t let themselves get too comfortable where they are. They constantly push themselves to do more and achieve more, asking for more responsibility or requesting to be cross-trained in new functions.
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