We've all been there. You're sitting at the computer, dreading what to do next. Whether it's talking to your boss about the raise that you know you deserve or preparing for a product launch next month. Where do you even start? How do you find the confidence to tackle the things that scare you?
Maybe because I'm a woman or because I'm a person of color, but confidence is something that I've had to actively work at. Here are 4 tips that I've found to help me feel empowered when struggling with feelings of inadequacy.
Do Things That Scare You
Picture this. You told yourself you would start that 'thing' tomorrow. Tomorrow comes, and magically seven things have been added to your to-do list, and you never get to it. It's hard, ya'll, I know! But pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is precisely what is needed to propel you forward. You don't have to have it all figured out. You don't even have to have all the answers. Start with messy action and put one foot in front of the other. Your confidence will come with each step you take.
You Are Your Strength
Remember that no one else is you, and that is a good thing. It is okay to find inspiration from others, but try not to compare yourself. This can be hard in the social media fantasy that we live in, but take a step back and spend time finding out who you are. Your fresh perspective and unique experiences is your superpower!
Use Your Toolkit
Knowledge is everywhere, and do not be afraid to ask questions. I literally google everything. If there is a Youtube video on the subject, I've watched it. If there's a podcast, I've listened to that too. There is a wealth of information and resources out there. Use them to your advantage.
Set Small Milestones
I'm all for New Year's resolutions, but why wait until the New Year to make promises to yourself. Set small goals for yourself to meet on a weekly and monthly basis that work towards your bigger goal. Celebrating your small wins help to keep you motivated towards your bigger goals.
Confidence can be tricky, and there isn't just one way to find it. It can and should be something you should continue to work on. We all have insecurities, but you also have qualities that make you unique, and that should be celebrated. You're not an imposter. You're meant to be here.