Speaking from experience, confidence is the number one quality to have in life to acquire true happiness and success. This includes your own personal confidence in yourself and also confidence that your business will succeed. Without the mental effort and honest belief that you will be successful because of your abilities, you absolutely cannot succeed.
The first step starts with you: build your self confidence by focusing on your successes. Do not shy away from posting past accomplishments and successes on the walls of your office. This creates an upbeat, motivational, and inspiring work environment for you and your employees. It also acts an a constant reminder that you do have a history of being successful and are worthy of producing even more.
While success stories build confidence, it is also crucial to evaluate what needs to be changed, because no matter what improvements can always be made. Criticism is unavoidable and can be harsh, so get in the mindset that you are working to produce constructive criticism. Constructive criticism is wanted, as it provides the opportunity for you to excel in your business and therefore satisfy your customers.
As head of the company, it is natural to take on tasks and problems because in general it is your responsibility. While this is completely your role, big issues may be difficult to solve. This is where your employees come in: you need to include everyone that can bring something to the table in solving the problem. Your employees all want your business to succeed as much as you do, and you are a community that shares this common goal. Creating an atmosphere where everyone feels their input is considered sets you up for being productive while maintaining respect in the work space. Showing your confidence in your team’s abilities builds up the confidence of everyone involved.
Another way to inspire confidence in your employees starts with proper training. This involves in depth explanation, demonstration, and participation of the tasks they will be doing. Setting expectations and guidelines also gives your employees an idea of what you are expecting and needing so they can meet and eventually exceed your expectations. Accurately training your employees sets them up for knowing what not to do as well, so you can understand that you did everything in your power to make sure they succeed. This works to build and establish trust, and once they know you trust them, they will feel empowered to complete their job.
While confidence will get you to where you need to be, an element of humility must be maintained. There is a thing as have too much confidence, in which you will come off as conceited and arrogant, which is incredibly undesirable. Discover and conserve the balance to humble confidence.
If you can establish confidence in your business and in your employees, your business will thrive. You will thoroughly enjoy going to work everyday, which impacts your overall happiness. Take some time to think about your past successes and how you can use this information to your benefit; your confidence will immediately begin to increase.