Business Mentor: Boosting Your Entrepreneurial Self-Confidence

Armando Bartolome

Posted at Mar 02 2019 11:11 AM

In anything in life, you need to be confident about yourself.

Boosting your self-confidence enables you to have a positive perspective, no matter what kind of trials come your way. 

As an entrepreneur, your self-confidence is your biggest asset. Not only does it make you feel good about yourself, it essentially builds the trust between you and your shareholders, employees, suppliers, and customers.

In my almost three decades in the business, I’ve come to have “thick skin”, the ability to make quick decisions and move forward without having to worry about what others might say.

Sometimes, you just need to do what your gut feel tells you despite what others are saying. To develop a strong sense of sustainable confidence is one of the primary skill-sets that any entrepreneur needs to explore to face the challenges in building a successful business.

The self-confidence that I have built has been instrumental to the success of building my brand in the past 26 years. The rush of handling dream clients has helped build my self-confidence.

But I have also learned that I am only human-- capable of committing mistakes and that I should learn to forgive myself for any faults which may have affected my business.

I learned that I am no Superman, that I may want to do so many things all at the same time, but I could only do so much, and at the same time, to view my failure as an experience rather the end of a career.

It’s sometimes hard to be on your feet, especially when you have some personal issues going on. But you owe your shareholders, employees, suppliers, and customers a lot. They rely on you as much as you rely on them for your success. Therefore, to mess up with your decisions can terribly affect your relationship with them and eventually may shorten the life of your business.

How To Boost Your Self-confidence

An entrepreneur should see failure as an opportunity to strengthen self-confidence. Never allow yourself to be engulfed by the thought that you are not any better. Failures are bound to happen no matter what kind of business you have. Despite striving to be perfect, there are things that are beyond your control.

Let me share with you some tips on how you can boost your self-confidence.

1.      View any failure as your wake-up call to achieve better. You may think you have set up a grand plan for your business, but somewhere along the way, things go south. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself or blaming yourself, find out other ways which can make you reach your goal. Remember, you always have room for improvement. If you are just starting with your business, never be in a hurry to be on top. Take small steps at a time.

2.      As the boss, you should allow yourself to act as soon as you can instead of waiting for others to give you a go signal. It is unlikely for an entrepreneur to become successful if he/she does not have a “backbone”. There are individuals forced to put up a business either by their parents or partners. It is unlikely for such individuals to become successful because they lack the drive to be an entrepreneur.

3.      Trust your gut feeling. It’s rather difficult to explain sometimes how others would accept your decision. But if you have a feeling that something will work, then do it. If there is someone who should trust you, that would be YOU.

4.      Be true to yourself. Are you running the business just the way you want it? The only means of achieving long-term success is by being clear on your vision, being honest with what you want to achieve, and sticking to it.

5.      There are people who can be helpful to you and there are those who would literally tear you down. Stick with people that uplift you and strengthen you during your down times. Do not burden yourself listening to what other people say about you. Other people’s opinions of you do not need to be your reality.

6.        Think about why you even started the business. Make it a habit to write down what makes you feel doubtful of your capabilities, and on the opposite end, write down how you would make things work differently. Sometimes we just get to see a big problem and fail to check the small details, which we may have missed.

7.      Learn to be proud of your achievements. To be proud of what you have done is different from being boastful, definitely. Think of how others aspire to get to where you are and, yet, you feel that you are less of a person just because of a minor setback. Give yourself a pat on the back for being who you are today.

8.      If you think that nothing else can give you the confidence that you need in order to pursue your dream, stop and say a little prayer. Ask for divine intervention. Sometimes, all you just need is to stop and let out everything from your chest. Lift up everything unto Him and for sure, it will bring you inner peace and uplift your confidence.

An entrepreneur should not be afraid to explore unchartered territories. One should always be curious to know how things can happen. A little bump is not the end. It is just another path worth taking a risk and a possible opportunity to be on top.


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