No amount of schooling, studying or financial investment can help one succeed in business if confidence is not present. However, even the most accomplished professionals experience insecurities and other trials to their ego. But according to the Harvard Business Review, these slight lapses in confidence don't have to hinder your career.
Many people shy away from a task or job that they find too difficult of that they may not be good at. But like the old adage says, practice does make perfect. For example, if you have great ideas but you are terrified of presenting them in front of a large group, practice your public speaking in a safe environment. Before a big presentation, try practice your speech several times. You may also want to try some relaxing techniques, such as yoga meditation poses and yoga stretching, to prepare your mind.
"Even people who are confident in their abilities can become more so with better preparation," writes Amy Gallo of the Harvard Business Review.
Confidence can bring a unique challenge in balance for professionals. Sometimes, modesty can hold one back from pursuing opportunities that are a perfect fit, while people who are over-confident risk alienating important business contacts. You must come to terms with the fact that you can't know everything, and that is perfectly acceptable to ask for help when you need it.
According to the Houston Chronicle, setting and achieving short-term and long-term goals can greatly increase one's self-confidence. Each small victory can improve your state of mind, making it easier to achieve larger goals.
For example, if you are uncomfortable talking on the phone, make a point to achieve five phone calls each day rather than dwelling on a monthly call quota. Smaller, more manageable goals can lead to long-term success and added confidence in your abilities.