How to boost your confidence

Many people suffer from feelings of "under-confidence" in the workplace, but these can be far more debilitating for some than others, says business psychologist and Nicholson McBride Director, Ruth Colling.


Managing those feelings can be challenging, but there are a number of strategies that may help if you're prepared to put the effort in.


A good starting point is to work through what typically triggers feelings of under-confidence in you.  Do certain people trigger them? Particular situations?   Tiredness?  Hunger?  Once you have clarified the triggers, it is then possible to map any recurring thought patterns.  Are those patterns helpful or otherwise?

For example, negative thoughts such as, "My ideas are not good enough", can result in a series of negative emotions such as fear, nervousness and panic, which can then instigate a number of unhelpful behaviours, such as a refusal to share ideas, or physiological reactions such as getting hot, shaking, etc.  None of these are likely to result in a positive outcome - particularly in your own mind - and hence, those initial negative beliefs are re-confirmed. So, how can you break this cycle and create a more positive pattern of thoughts, emotions and behaviours?  

Ruth and her colleagues at Nicholson McBride regularly work both on a one-to-one and group basis with clients who experience such feelings and beliefs, and there are a number of techniques that can really make a lasting difference.  Many of these negative patterns may have been formed in our early years so there is unlikely to be an overnight fix. However, with a bit of support, determination and dedication, it is certainly possible to create some very positive shifts.

For more information on building confidence (in group workshops or individual coaching), or any other business psychology interventions you may be interested in, please contact us at Nicholson McBride.