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Your Career Success Depends on Projecting a Confident Attitude
People will be reluctant to trust you if you seem unconfident during social interaction. For a legal staff or an in-house attorney, failure to
gain trust can be disastrous. The need to win trust is more acute in the profession of law than in others, because success here revolves
around relationships of trust.

Think about it yourself: How likely are you to hand your case               •       They are achievers willing to work harder than others
to somebody who is nervous and apologetic? You might be the                         and willing to take risks
greatest counsel on earth or the most knowledgeable in your                 •       They recognize and admit mistakes and learn from
department, but you will fail to find success unless strong self-                   them
confidence is projected by your actions and body language.                  •       They rarely toot their own horns but subtly seek social
On the other hand, less knowledgeable people will climb the                         approval of their actions
rungs of career success faster if they look, seem, and act                  •       They act and react with social grace
confidently.
                                                                         How to Build Self-Confidence

Projection of self-confidence and actually building self-                There is no magic potion, but there are things that help.
confidence is a skill that can be learned or acquired. There
are two important factors that go to build self-confidence -                •       Enjoy your past successes. Create a log of things,
ability and esteem. You feel capable when you achieve goals                         which you believe were good achievements in your
and master skills. You gain esteem when your social circle                          past. Make a dossier. Every week, look at it, and find
approves your conduct and actions as well as your capability.                       what else you can add to the list.
You can also support up your confidence with positive thinking              •       Analyze your strengths. Try to find out your inherent
and keeping on telling yourself that you are capable. However,                      strengths that helped you to attain your achievements.
nothing boosts confidence like setting goals and achieving                          Relate your strengths to your present and future and
them to actually build competence.                                                  find areas where you need to build. Build up your
                                                                                    strengths to face the future.
To project the correct confident attitude you need great poise              •       Analyze your values and your goals in life and working
and balance. On one side of the confidence scale are people                         career. Try to match and align them so that they do not
who are utterly unconfident of themselves and on the other                          point in different directions. The best thing that can
extreme are people who are overconfident. Both people with                          happen to you is when your values and career goals
poor confidence and overconfidence fail to win trust and                            are perfectly matched.
approval. It is important to strike the balance and be properly             •       Set small goals every day or week and achieve them.
confident of your abilities without undermining them or                     •       Acquire work skills that you need and brush up those
overestimating them.                                                                you already have.

                                                                         Following these simple tips will provide enormous boost to
There are some common attributes of people who exude self-
                                                                         your self-confidence and help you to become the energetic
confidence:
                                                                         and poised person you always wanted to be. Your career is
                                                                         always waiting to accept you; it is upon you to make yourself
   •      They are convinced of the correctness of their actions
                                                                         presentable by overcoming your fears and building up your
          and do not allow negative criticism to overcome them
                                                                         strengths.



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