It seems to be a common thought that being a business owner means you are full of confidence. In my experience, that's not always true. Maybe you have been the target of a Business assassin but being confident business as an owner isn't always the case, and often isn't the case every day of every week of every year you are running your business. If you are having wobbles and feel like you are lacking in self-confidence then I have some good news for you, there are some things you can do quite quickly that will turn that feel, squash it into a ball, and allow you to drop kick it out of sight. Here are just some of the things I do when I feel this way.
Strain Your Brain
One really effective way to build your own confidence is to learn new things or build on skills you already have.
Put some time aside each week to learn more to help you as a business owner. This may be more on your own subject for example if you are a web designer there are always new things coming out about different platforms, methods of lead generating etc. Also learn about other aspects of your business even if you don't want to implement that training. For example, learning basic accounting so when you employ an accountant or bookkeeper you will be in an informed position to contract them into your business giving you the confidence to make an informed decision when taking them on.
There are so many ways to educate yourself in business. You can hire a business coach to help you one-on-one. You can also download eBooks, join a business training that has regular live calls to see how you are getting on, join group groups on social media where you can ask questions and find information. Subscribe to blogs like The business success dojo or content nitro
You really can't boldly march forward if you don't know what direction you're going in. Take some time to focus on your business. What, exactly, are you doing? What do you want to do? Who is your target market or demographic?
Focus on one thing and FINISH it, the act of finishing builds confidence, it makes you feel great when you tick it off your list. Don't get me wrong if you decide to learn photoshop, for example, it could take months to do that but to learn one aspect is a job done situation.
Don't Compare Yourself to Others
We all know that businessman or woman – the one who has written ten books, has a dozen jobs, and has a perfect house. most of the time if we are honest we feel crap when we see these updates because we feel we have failed or not as good as them well here's the reality check, WE ARE NOT THEM. A lot of the time they are living in a delusional bubble and are ‘faking till they make it', so scroll straight past these posts, if you know people in real life doing great then celebrate their success but they are at a different point in their journey than you are so it's not a fair comparison to make on yourself. Believe in Your Success, Focus on you
A lot of people swear by the power of positive thinking. It is said that visualising your goals can attract the very things you need to reach your goals. Even if you don't get into the visualisation , you can benefit from believing in your business and your own competence.Look at past success and realise that yes you did well, yes you helped that client to succeed yes you delivered an awesome bit of work that a happy client has paid for. Look at your previous testimonials for inspiration and allow others to recognise for you how good you are, this will all help you in becoming more confident as it's easy to focus on your struggles and overlook your success.
Celebrate and Congratulate
When you get a win even if it's a small one recognise that win, congratulate yourself and celebrate that win so it implants itself into your being. I know that sounds a bit mad but when you feel great about a small win and you celebrate with that fancy coffee or walk in the park with the dog just think what will be your celebration treat when you get a bigger win?
Once you get confident, you will be much more likely to attract clients, which in turn will boost your confidence. It's a good cycle to get into.
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