Confidence underpins so much of our wellness at work. It affects the jobs we apply for and get. It affects how well we work in those roles and our career progression. It affects our interpersonal relationships and our view of ourselves. It affects our trust in our own abilities and our willingness to take risks and step outside of our comfort zones.
Because of these factors, self confidence at work affects our personal lives too. Our ability to gain new jobs, promotions and opportunities directly affects our income level. Our level of self confidence – or self doubt – affects our stress/anxiety level. And, just as at work, our confidence in ourselves affects our personal relationships and how we relate to people.
The good news is that self confidence isn’t something that you’re born with or that is developed only in childhood. New research in neuroscience and positive psychology shows that it’s possible to develop new ways of thinking and behaving, no matter our age or background.