What's Wrong With Being Confident?
The dreaded C-word is not what you think. When people describe you, what do you want them to say about you? What if they described you as confident? How would you feel? What do you think others would think? For a while, people confused confidence with being cocky and I'm betting you are worried that if people hear you're confident they'll really be thinking you are cocky. But I'm here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with being confident.
In fact, it's time you embrace that unwavering belief in yourself and your abilities. Because if you don't, who will? Everything starts with you. People's perception is shaped by the way you see yourself. So start acting like the skilled, talented boss that you are.
Let me repeat: THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING CONFIDENT.
It's not arrogant if you know you can do something. If you know that you are able to deliver certain results, why wouldn't you own it? Where has hiding your accomplishments and selling yourself short gotten you? Did it get you that promotion or land you that new client? No, it didn't. What it did get you was a lot of frustration.
Still worried people will think you are cocky? First, remind yourself that that is not true, that's just a very unhelpful thought in your head. If it's not a 100% truth, it's false so let go of that misconception.
Now, you know people (you included!) tend to think other people are cocky when all they do is talk, talk, talk about themselves. But they have nothing to show for it. That's where you differ. You are confident because you do have results that speak for themselves. You know you can deliver because you've done it before - either for yourself or for your clients. Why not share those successes with others?
Build case studies around the work you've done. Present the problem and share the solution you created to address it. Like we said earlier, talk is cheap, but results speak for themselves.
So the next time someone asks you what you do or comes to you for advice, don't downplay your credentials. Don't let them think that perhaps you aren't the best person for the job. Because you and I both know that you are. It's time you let the world know it, too.