Written by Christian Speaker Network Member, Colleen Kettenhofen

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

Although there are those who cross the line from confident into overconfident, many of us still have some challenges with self-confidence, at least at some point in time in our lives and/or careers. Even if we’re secure in our positions, things can happen that make us doubt ourselves and our abilities. Following are five ways to strengthen your confidence.

  1. Take Stock in Yourself – When self-doubt begins to creep in, honestly take stock in yourself, your experience and your abilities. You’re in the position you’re in because of your hard work and your talents. It’s not a fluke. When new challenges arise that you worry you can’t handle, think back to the other challenges in your past that you’ve overcome. Remind yourself of the times in the past that seemed insurmountable, but you persevered!
  2. Believe in Yourself, Even When You Don’t – There is an old saying – “Fake it until you make it.” When you find your confidence slipping, fake it. Act with confidence, even when you’re not feeling overly confident. Before you know it, the “confidence act” will be reality.
  3. Mitigate your weaknesses – No matter how amazing you are, everyone has weaknesses. It’s these weaknesses that usually are the biggest source of our insecurities. Acknowledge what areas you’re not as strong in and find ways to address them. This can include delegating tasks to employees who excel in the areas you’re not as strong in, or getting training or education in areas you’d like to be stronger. Both of these can turn your weaknesses into strengths.
  4. Bounce Back When Mistakes Happen – No one is perfect. No one. At some point, we all make mistakes. Don’t let this eat away your self-confidence when mistakes happen. Instead, find out where you went wrong then take steps to not make the same mistake ever again.
  5. Remember to be thankful – When insecurity makes you worry if you’re good enough, take a moment to be thankful. Acknowledge and appreciate all of the skills and talents you do have. Focusing on the positive and not the negative can help you feel more secure. It’s one of the best ways to strengthen your confidence!

About Colleen Kettenhofen, Motivational Speaker

Colleen Kettenhofen is a change management expert, award-winning corporate trainer, and motivational speaker. A media veteran, she has appeared on numerous radio shows around the country and has written more than 40 popular articles on diverse workplace issues. Colleen has delivered more than 1,100 fun and entertaining programs in 48 states and five countries. She is the author of 10 audio programs and two books including SECRETS YOUR BOSS ISN’T TELLING YOU and the upcoming, ADOPTING JOY, based on miracles in her own life! For information on Colleen’s keynotes, breakout sessions, and seminars please visit her Christian Speaker Network webpage.