You’ve probably noticed that successful business people often exude confidence. Have you ever wondered where the confidence stems from? The answer is pretty simple. Confident people believe in themselves and what they’re doing. It isn’t necessarily their success that makes them confident, it’s learning to remove self-doubt, or rather their ability to manage it. Successful entrepreneurs are able to step outside of their comfort zone at times, and reach for new challenges.
Maximizing Your Confidence as an Entrepreneur
Find a mentor
Find someone who’s “been there” to help you lay the groundwork for entrepreneurial success. Having a talented, experienced person show you the way is a perfect start to building your business. A mentor will give you insider tips, the perspective you need to believe in yourself. They will also give you knowledge in areas where you may lack experience, and someone to give you a pat on the back when needed. Also when you study what other successful people have done to launch new projects and overcome roadblocks along the way, you’ll be learning important lessons for your future. Learn from their successes and mistakes.
Learn to Assert Yourself
People aren’t born with self-confidence, it’s a learned trait. To be successful you need to practice asserting yourself without being aggressive. Learn to ask for what you want and need in business and life. This also means learning to say no when necessary. This will all come easier as time goes on and your self-confidence increases.
Everyone has it once in a while, but don’t let a down day or negative feelings hijack your self-confidence. If doubt arises, tackle it head-on, acknowledge what’s going on and move on. You’re not going to completely rid yourself of negative feelings, but empower yourself to deal with it. Also, don’t confuse your passionate jitters for self-doubt. Sometimes excitement and nervousness can be lost in translation and perceived wrongly. We need a bit of the jitters sometimes to motivate us. Ask all the successful entrepreneurs you know, they’ll tell you the same. Promise!
Be More Than the “Boss”
Always be willing to wear many different hats and volunteer to learn something new. Have your hands in every aspect of the business and do your best to remain accessible and attentive to whatever is needed in any given day. You’ll feel more in control of your business if you’ve got a handle on all aspects of the company and that will lead to further self-confidence.
Know Your Strengths & Weaknesses
As a business owner, it’s important for you to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses and how those affect your business, and hire accordingly. Just because you’re a business owner, does not mean you are good at all aspects of managing, running or growing a business. The key is to know what your business needs and make your hiring or employee continued education decisions accordingly. When you know your business is firing on all cylinders, your confidence will fire right along with it.
Set Short and Long Term Goals
No matter what type of company you own, it’s crucial to set short term and long term goals for yourself. Goals are basically understood paths for the company and its employees and helps hold everyone accountable. You and your employees will have a better understanding of what they are working towards, what’s expected of them and leads to company confidence when those goals are achieved.
The Risk/Reward Benefit
Look at each opportunity for the risk/reward benefit. The goal is to make decisions that will always ensure the Risk/Reward is in your favor. It does not mean that you need to take no risk, since doing nothing has risk itself, but it does mean that if something has a low reward, the risk needs to be small. For something with a large risk, you need to ensure that the potential payout is high. Risk can be thought of as anything from what meetings to put on a calendar (people’s time) to how many people + time will be needed to complete a project.
Knowledge is Power
It’s your job as a business owner to stay on top of your industry and know what the competition is doing. Make sure you are the first to know about industry developments, news and innovations. This means constantly reading and keeping up-to-date, attending networking functions, as well as, seminars and learning opportunities. It also means having your finger on the pulse internally. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to make well informed decisions about all aspects of your business.