Updated: Jun 9, 2020
"Remember that your ideas are valuable and worth sharing with others."
It is official. All 50 states have moved towards re-opening their economies as they lift restrictions which were imposed in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As people return to work, it will be interesting to see how the social dynamics have changed. Being confined to the home for three months can easily make an otherwise outgoing person feel awkward about engaging with their peers again. Those who lacked confidence prior to the shutdown are even more likely to feel insecure as they re-enter the work force.
If you have lost confidence in your abilities to perform in an office setting, read these tips for advice on how to regain self-assurance so that you can continue to be the stand-out that you are.
1. Understand You Are not the Only One
In a way, this virus has leveled the playing field. Obviously, it has affected some more than others, but it has pushed EVERYONE out of their comfort zone. No one alive has experienced this type of global crisis and it is healthy to remember that most others are feeling a little rusty getting back into their old routines.
2. Remember that Your Fear Isn’t Real
This may sound counterproductive, but our minds skew negative to protect us. Studies say that this phenomenon has something to do with evolution and our body’s adaptive way to keep us safe. While this may have been useful during cavemen times, most people are not in danger of being eaten by a bear and have no need to listen to this biological response.
Instead of fighting feelings of fear, embrace it. Look at irrational fear like a small child who needs to be protected. Thank your fear for looking out for you but tell it that you’ve “got this!”
3. Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Even in the most informal settings, business meetings can be intimidating and it is often easier to hide behind a computer screen than it is to interact in-person. Regardless of their position within a company, countless professionals are nervous to share their ideas for fear rejection.
While this fear is certainly not uncommon, it is still important to speak up during meetings. Remember that your ideas are valuable and worth sharing with others. Build your confidence by speaking up during low-pressure meetings. The more you do this, the easier it will be to participate during more formal engagements.
4. Start to Re-Build on Your Strengths
Identify what your strengths are and do things to build on them. If writing is your talent, offer to contribute to your company’s monthly newsletter. If you are a master at planning, volunteer to organize a virtual event and invite local vendors to promote community partnerships. Now is the time to offer to spearhead a new project, as most companies are re-structuring their policies and events around the “new normal.”
Do more of what you are already good at and you will build confidence and establish yourself a leader in your field.
5. Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously
We all know those individuals who take themselves WAY to seriously. They are easy to spot and usually not that fun to be around. Laugh at yourself when you make a mistake instead of going home and wasting your precious time crying about it. Remember that people are drawn to those who are relatable, and making mistakes is part of the human experience. This will help soften the blow the next time you knock over your colleague’s coffee at an important business conference.
Confidence is not something that comes naturally. It must be built with patience and practice. Remember that you will not always be perfect and that accepting your human imperfections is half the battle. Use this chaotic time to your advantage by making fear your friend and honing your strengths. If you do this, confidence will develop naturally.
Quote of the Day: “Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”- Theodore Roosevelt
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