16 Nov 3 Tips To Boost Your Confidence
Finding confidence as a woman in business isn’t easy. In fact, after reading The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, I learned that men are naturally more confident than woman. But I don’t think that should limit your career goals or ambitions. I 100% believe that being a woman in business, you have the ability to create the career and the life you have always dreamed of and there is just as much opportunity out there for woman as there is for men, you just have to go after it!
Over the last ten years of running my interior design business, I have come to realize how mentally strong you have to be in order to not only keep your business running but to keep it growing. In my industry, the majority of my clients are men and when I first started out, I’ll be honest, it was intimidating at times and I really felt the pressure to prove myself to especially to the men. It may have taken some time but I am more confident than ever now and I wanted to share some of the tips that helped me get there.
Tip #1: Don’t over think things.
Woman naturally, overthink things. Its a characteristic that woman have, that men don’t. With the gazillion decisions you have to make running a business, you can get really stuck overthinking things instead of just acting on them. One thing I’ve learned this last year and that I have been trying to practice more and more of, is when I have an idea and I think its a good idea, I just execute it. Action in business leads to so many more results than thinking does.
Tip #2: Progress over Perfection.
We want to look perfect, we want to act perfect, we want to come across ‘perfect’ (whatever that is!) We have a standard of perfection that I don’t think men have for themselves. I find woman are always striving for perfection but when it comes to business, time is precious and spending that extra time perfecting your presentation or your proposal or whatever it is you’re working on is a waste because no one sees it the way you see it anyway. Believe in yourself and move forward!
Tip #3: Sales over Support.
When woman are trying to get their business off the ground, they tend to seek support and many woman will go to networking events or female support groups, where they can go and talk to other woman about their business struggles or goals and relate to them and support one another. Don’t get me wrong, I think having a strong support system and like-minded individuals to talk to is super important but you must remember, support is not a replacement for sales. Your business won’t survive if you don’t have sales, and your cheerleaders aren’t going to go out there and sell for you. So if you’re finding your business is not growing the way you like, resist the need to turn to your support system, just get out there and SELL! Don’t think, just do!
I would love to hear your thoughts and any tips that you have discovered relating to confidence for woman and if you are interested to learn more about building your confidence, I highly recommend reading The Confidence Code! Such a great read for business owners and all woman!