One of the things we get asked about a lot is how to be more confident and resilient at work. No matter what industry, what level or what occupation, being confident about who you are and what you do seems to be a pretty universal challenge.
I can’t list all of our advice and tools here because it would be more of a book and less of a blog post, but there is one simple habit that can help.
We often take confidence from our successes, which is a good thing. However, the expectation we put on what ‘success’ looks like puts a lot of pressure of achieving big goals and delivering significant projects. These big goals take a long time and circumstances out of our control can affect our ability to actually achieve them. When we tie our confidence just to big goals that can shift, it’s easy to feel like you’re not doing a great job or that people aren’t seeing your strengths.
Instead, we should tie our success to smaller goals and daily wins. By reflecting on these every day, you start to see progress and the sum of all of your micro-achievements.
Take 5 minutes each day to write down 3 things you’ve achieved that day.
It can be work or personal, big or small. Here’s what mine looked like last week:
It really doesn’t take long and when you look back it over the week, you realise how much you have achieved. It’s in that realisation we can draw our confidence from.
Try it and see how it works for you!