I may not know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know who I want to be. I see myself in the future as a confident businesswoman who can walk into a conference room and own the audience. Someone who has a reputation for being unstoppable, always getting the job done and consistently producing remarkable results. I want to be the kind of boss who is respected, yet well liked and admired. That is who I see myself in the future, and I’m on my way toward becoming this person. As a young professional, this means becoming comfortable in my skin, knowing my value, and overcoming fear of failure. I wanted to share with you what I have learned in my own journey toward becoming a more confident woman.
True confidence radiates from the inside out. You have to have a strong sense of who you are, what you believe in, and what you want in life. This internal confidence can be the most challenging to develop and it takes the most time. There are a few things you can do in the meantime to be perceived as more confident, and as my dance instructor used to say, “sometimes you have to fake it till you make it!”
Dress the part
When you look good, you feel good. Dressing sharp adds an instant boost to the way others perceive you. When I put on my power suit, I instantly feel like that unstoppable businesswoman described above.
If you have something to say, say it. Don’t hesitate or let others overpower you. Chances are, people really do want to hear what you have to say, but you will never know if it never leaves your lips. I hate it when I miss an opportunity to say or do something and the rest of the day, I think, “Man! I wish I would have said…”
Sit in the front
Whether it’s in the classroom or the conference room, don’t hide out in the back because it’s safe and comfortable. Sit in the front, be visible, and make yourself known.
In my next post, I’ll dive into the greater challenge: how to become more confident on the inside.
To a happy, healthy, productive life!